Skills for Bioscientists - BIOS3080

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 4 15 (7.5) Peter 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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 50
Private study hours: 100
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Practical (20%)
In class problem solving test, 45 minutes (15%)
15 online MCQ tests (15%)
Examination, 2 hr (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:

Demonstrate skills in the analysis and presentation of information relevant to biosciences.
Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts of use in biosciences, both theoretically and practically.
Demonstrate an understanding and application of the principles of concentration and molarity, pH, spectroscopy, reaction kinetics and statistics.
Demonstrate competency in the operation of some essential laboratory equipment (pipettes, pH-meter and spectrophotometer)

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

Extract and interpret information on a basic level.
Perform data analysis and evaluation.
Use basic computing skills in data analysis, spreadsheet work and data retrieval.
Demonstrate essential practical skills and the competent use of some essential laboratory equipment


  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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