Basic Laboratory/Industry Skills - LABS4060

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 4 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


A synopsis of the curriculum

A basic understanding of:
• Health and safety in the workplace and relevant legislation.
• Science skills such as GLP, keeping a laboratory notebook, making and recording measurements, identifying sources of error.
• SI units, concentration (molarities), dilutions.
• The preparation and use of buffers. Definition of pH and its relevance in biological systems. Acids and bases together with titrations.
• The use of a range of standard equipment found in the bioscience and chemistry sector.
• The generation and presentation of data (tables and graphs), together with writing laboratory reports.
• Mathematical calculations and statistics in planning and analysis of experiments.
• The application of Scientific Method.
• Root cause analysis and its application.
• Key bioscience and chemistry techniques


Contact hours

Blended distance learning:
Contact hours: 132 hours
Private Study Time: 18 hours
Total Learning time: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Laboratory Report (2000 words) - write up of 3 experiments 60%
Practical Observation 40% - 1 hour

Indicative reading

David Adams (2011) Effective Learning in the Life Sciences. Wiley-Blackwell.
Michael McGhee (2008) A guide to Laboratory investigations. Radcliffe.
Graham Currell (2009) Essential mathematics and statistics for science. Wiley-Blackwell.
Sarah Pitt (2009) An introduction to biomedical science in professional and clinical practice. Wiley-Blackwell.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Make appropriate use of Health and Safety in the laboratory.
Demonstrate a range of fundamental laboratory/industry skills with an aptitude to develop others in the future.
Use scientific method to test a hypothesis or theory.
Generate, evaluate, interpret and present practical work.
Show an understanding of the role of the laboratory technician/process operator in industry.
Lead continuous performance improvement within the scientific and technical environment.
Understand and apply basic root cause analysis in science.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate the development of practical/technical skills.
Analyse, evaluate and correctly interpret data.
Present and communicate data effectively.
Obtain and use information from a variety of sources as part of self-directed learning.
Demonstrate time-management and organisational skills within the context of self-directed learning.


  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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