Scientific Methods and Data Handling - NATS0003

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 3 20 (10) Alexander Wright checkmark-circle


This module will provide a fundamental academic framework the support students in the study of Natural Sciences. The curriculum will address the study of science in a higher education environment and support students in the transition to university. Within the context of the Natural Science subjects, students will undertake laboratory investigations, developing skills and confidence in experimental work. Student will also learn how to find and evaluate information relevant to scientific investigation and use key software packages and databases to do so. The module will provide training in the use of mathematics to develop skills and confidence in numeracy, mathematical and statistical evaluation and graphical presentation of quantitative information.


Contact hours

Private Study: 155
Contact Hours: 45
Total: 200

Method of assessment

• Experimental Report 1 (2-3 pages) – 20%
• Experimental Report 2 (2-3 pages) – 20%
• Experimental Report 3 (2-3 pages) – 20%
• Experimental Report 4 (2-3 pages) – 20%
• Problem Solving and Data Analysis 1 – 10%
• Problem Solving and Data Analysis 2 – 10%

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

1. Undertake scientific experiments safely and with a foundation level of skill and aptitude.
2. Record experimental findings accurately.
3. Apply mathematical principles in a natural sciences context for foundation-level analysis and presentation of scientific data.
4. Report experimental findings with an appropriate written style and format.


  1. Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a 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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