Advanced Laboratory/Industry Skills - LABS5010

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Medway
Year 5 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle

Overview

An in depth 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

Details

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

Barnard C. (2011) Asking questions in biology a guide to hypothesis testing, experimental design and presentation in practical work and research projects. Benjamin Cummings.
Casella, G. (2008) Statistical design. Springer
Katoch, R. (2011) Analytical techniques in biochemistry and molecular biology. Springer.

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:
Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of Health and Safety in the laboratory.
Demonstrate a range of higher-level laboratory/industry skills with an aptitude to develop others in the future.
Demonstrate an ability to generate, evaluate, critically analyse and present practical work to a high standard.
Show a critical understanding of the role of the laboratory technician/process operator in industry.
Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of experimental design.
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.

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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