Skills For Bioscientists 2 - BIOS5320

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 5 15 (7.5) Rosalyn Masterton checkmark-circle

Overview

A. Communication Skills in Biosciences: Essay writing, oral presentations, laboratory reports, the scientific literature and literature reviews. Working in groups.
B. Techniques in Biomolecular Science: Electrophoresis, Immunoblotting, Protein Determination, Activity Assays, Purification.
C. Computing for Biologists: Bioinformatics, phylogenetic trees, database searches for protein/DNA sequences.
D. Mini-project – introduction to research skills: Students will work in groups of eight to undertake directed experimental work (Group Project) before extending the project further through self-directed experiments working as a pair (Mini Project).
E. Careers: The programme will be delivered by the Careers Advisory Service and will review the types of careers available for bioscience students. The sessions will incorporate personal skills, careers for bioscience graduates, records of achievement, curriculum vitae preparation, vacation work, postgraduate study, interview skills and action planning.

Details

Contact hours

Private Study: 90
Contact Hours: 60
Total: 150

Method of assessment

• Essay Analysis (Group assignment) – 15%
• Presentation (5 min individual contribution to 20 min group presentation) – 25%
• Mini-project Report (2,500 words) – 55%
• Bioinformatics Assignment – 5%

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of general techniques in spectroscopy, chromatography, electrophoresis and immunochemistry;
2. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to use DNA databases and phylogenetic trees;
3. Plan and execute experimental work using a range of experimental techniques;
4. Report experimental work both orally and written.

Notes

  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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