Scientific Methods and Academic Skills Development - NATS0004

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 3 20 (10) Glen Davison checkmark-circle


This module draws together different strands of biological, chemical, physiological and human sciences to explore how scientific investigations can address major global challenges. Practical experimental work involving equipment used in research investigations, creative and critical thinking workshops, and guided group work will explore the role of the natural sciences in addressing some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The module will provide insight into the degree pathways available after completion of the foundation year.


Contact hours

Private Study: 158
Contact Hours: 42
Total: 200

Method of assessment

• Group Presentation (20 minutes) – 25%
• Scientific Report (1,500 words) – 25%
• Weekly Online Discussion Forum (approx. 200 words each) – 25%
• Essay (1,000 words) – 25%

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate appreciation for, and explain how scientific research leads to knowledge.
2. Demonstrate understanding of how core, foundation-level principles in different natural science subjects can be used to address global problems.
3. Demonstrate understanding, at a foundation level, the application of cutting-edge technology in scientific investigation.


  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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