Skills for Bioscientists - BI308

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn and Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR P Klappa checkmark-circle


Subject-based and communication skills are relevant to all the bioscience courses. This module allows you to become familiar with practical skills, the analysis and presentation of biological data and introduces some basic mathematical and statistical skills as applied to biological problems. It also introduces you to the computer network and its applications and covers essential skills such as note-taking and essay writing.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 39
Private study hours: 111
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Practical 20%
In class problem solving test 15%
15 online MCQ tests 15%
Exam, 2hr 50%

Indicative reading

Practical Skills in Biomolecular Science, Paperback 5th ed (2016) by Reed, Weyers, Jones, Pearson, ISBN-10: 1292100737

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to have:

Skills in the analysis and presentation of information relevant to biosciences.
Understanding of fundamental scientific concepts of use in biosciences, both theoretically and practically.
Understanding and application of the principles of concentration and molarity, pH, spectroscopy, reaction kinetics and statistics.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to have:

The ability to extract and interpret information on a basic level.
Data analysis and evaluation.
The ability to use basic computing skills in data analysis, spreadsheet work and data retrieval.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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