Work Based Learning 1 (Bromley)

Module summary

Module code: BIOL1028
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Nyree Myatt



- To provide a learning framework which will enable students to appreciate the principles and practices which ensure safety in the laboratory environment
- To introduce students to current health and safety legislation and explore its implications for laboratory management.
- To provide a learning framework within which students can develop knowledge and skills related directly to the specialist protocols of the working environments;
- To enable students to develop their practical, inter-personal and presentational skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Describe the relevant health and safety legislation applicable to their laboratory and its implications for safe working practice
2 Work within professionally set parameters for safety, accuracy and efficiency
3 Demonstrate an understanding of laboratory management structure and the roles of professional bodies
4 Demonstrate an understanding of the terms used in quality control and quality assurance and their implications with respect to good laboratory practice.
5 Outline the importance of quality management systems and standard operating procedures in the laboratory
6 Demonstrate the ability to reflect upon their experiences in the workplace
7 Discuss the benefits and limitations of protocols in common usage in their working environment
8 Demonstrate a range of practical skills relating to the nature of the work in their specialist laboratory
9 Apply appropriate subject specific theory to the work based learning
10 Evaluate the work-based learning in relation to the profession and the ethical and safety implications
11 Know the limits of their practice, and when to seek advice
12 Contribute effectively to work undertaken as part of a team
13 Gather appropriate information
14 Conduct appropriate procedures safely and skilfully

Indicative content

Health and safety legislation. Laboratory-specific safety practice. Physical, chemical and biological hazards. Laboratory design. Handling of potentially hazardous materials.
Quality management systems (e.g. ISO 9001 2008; ISO 17025) and the legislative bodies (e.g. CPA, UKAS).
Local risk assessments, including use of personal protective equipment
Disinfectants and procedures for dealing with spillages and waste
Use of fume cupboards, microbiological safety cabinets and other ventilation systems or as appropriate to the laboratory. Sample management.
Use of balances, centrifuges, pipettes, fridges and freezers and gas storage containers correctly and safely. Calibration and quality control checks. Preparation of solutions. Standard operating procedures. Safe laboratory practice and the use of analytical instruments.

Teaching and learning activity

The focus of this “course” is the production of a portfolio of evidence which links academic attainment and experiential achievement. The student will be supported by regular contact with both a work-based supervisor/mentor and a university-based tutor. The assessment will form an integral part of the learning experience. The nature of the portfolio will be agreed as part of a learning contract, relating to the particular opportunities in the work place. In addition students will be expected to carry out work-based tasks, focussing on information and evidence gathering for inclusion in the portfolio of evidence.


Coursework - 10%
COSHH assessment.

Coursework - 20%
500 words.
Written assignment outlining main health & safety & ethical considerations for the laboratory.
LOs 3,10,11,13

Coursework - 20%
Evidence of workplace competence provided in the student's portfolio.
LOs 2,11,12,14

Coursework - 50%
1500 words.
LOs 2,4,5,6,7,8,9,12,13,14
Self evaluation of the workplace competences achieved presented in a reflective essay/report.