Foundation degrees

Course Information

Advanced Practical Techniques and Research Methods

Module summary

Module code: OBIO1101
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Pharm, Chemical and Envi Sci.
Module Coordinator(s): Andrew Mendham



• to continue to develop advanced laboratory techniques;
• to exemplify and apply theoretical aspects of the courses taken concurrently;
• to equip students with the confidence and ability to make judgements and decisions required in research and to assess critically the information they obtain;
• to enhance the students’ ability to work independently
• to enhance the students ability to carry out both self-assessment and reflective practice using a personal development portfolio.

Learning outcomes

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

1 Demonstrate problem solving skills in methodology, measurement, computation and
2 Relate the results of their investigation to current theoretical knowledge in their
specific area of study.
3 Demonstrate good laboratory practice/fieldwork organisation and recognise the requirements of safe practice in the laboratory and complete appropriate Risk assessments.
4 Evaluate current research areas and design a research proposal
5 Describe and comment on research effectively via presentations and written work
6 Develop self-management, time management, self-assessment (using PDP) skills and reflective practice (using PDP).

Indicative content

A range of advanced practical classes will be carried out which will be broken down into four distinct core chemistry areas. The different subject groups which will be timetabled are advanced organic chemistry, advanced inorganic chemistry, advanced physical chemistry and advanced instrumental analysis. Separate laboratory manuals and schedules will be available for each student before the labs commence.
In addition, students will also prepare a research proposal. Content around this task will investigate the characteristics of good proposals, effective research design and project management.

Teaching and learning activity

For the Advanced Practical Techniques part of this course learning will occur through the students’ own work and observations. Instruction will be provided for the use of equipment or advanced manipulative techniques. Students will be expected to work independently under supervision, and will need to access relevant literature and data to use in practical reports.
For the Research Methodology students will be taught by discussion based workshops and appropriate guidance by a dedicated research proposal mentor.
Mapping of the personal development journey over the course of the degree programme will be structured using PebblePad.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Written and oral reports on Laboratory work
Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: 2 x Oral presentations. Progress of work
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment
(Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1,2,3, 5
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 50%
Pass Mark: 40%

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Graduation Project Proposal
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment
(Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 4
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 30%
Pass Mark: 40%
Word Length: 1500 words
Outline Details: Graduation Project Proposal

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Personal Development Portfolio
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment
(Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 6
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 20%
Pass Mark: 40%