Introduction to Laboratory Practice

Module summary

Module code: BIOC1031
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): ENG & SCI TBA

Specification

Pre and co requisites

None

Aims

• To introduce students to the basic laboratory skills.
• To explain the basic understanding of the health and safety in the workplace and relevant legislation
• To explain the fundamental understanding of basic science skills such as GLP, keeping a laboratory notebook, making and recording measurements, identifying sources of error

Learning outcomes

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

1 Have an appreciation of the importance of Health and Safety in the laboratory
2 Demonstrate a range of fundamental laboratory/industry skills with an aptitude to develop others in the future
3 Demonstrate the ability to use scientific method to test an hypothesis or theory
4 Demonstrate the ability to generate, evaluate, interpret and present practical work
5 Demonstrate an ability to analyse, evaluate and correctly interpret, present and communicate data.
6 Demonstrate an ability to obtain and use information from a variety of sources as part of self-directed learning and acquire time-management and organisational skills within the context of self-directed learning.

Indicative content

This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for progression to Year 1. More specifically the module aims to give students an introduction to the laboratory environment by exposing them to simple bioscience and fundamental chemical procedures. This covers the following elements:

a) Health and safety in the workplace and relevant legislation;
b) Basic science skills such as GLP, keeping a laboratory notebook, making and recording measurements, identifying sources of error;
c) SI units, concentration (molarities), serial dilutions ;
d) Preparation and use of buffers. Definition of pH and its relevance in biological systems;
e) Use of a range of standard equipment found in the bioscience sector;
f) Generation and presentation of data (tables and graphs), together with writing laboratory reports.

Teaching and learning activity

The indicative content will be delivered through both lectures and tutorials, laboratory practicals and workshops. Additional support will be provided online through activities such a quizzes and additional reading material.

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Laboratory Reports .
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:3,4,5,6
Grading Mode:Numerical
Weighting % 50%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length 1500
Outline Details: Production of a short laboratory report on the generation of a limited data set acquired during the laboratory practicals.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Observed Structured Practical Examination (OSPE)
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 1,2,3
Grading Mode:Numerical
Weighting % 50%
Pass Mark 40%
Word Length N/A
Outline Details: Practical Examination – students are examined by performing tasks at three stations, each one for 6 minutes

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Questions during lectures – answers collected by Socrative app.
Model MCQs during lectures – answers collected by Socrative app.