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BB10002: Skills & techniques 2 (quantitative skills)

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%, OT 0%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with an opportunity to develop data analysis and mathematical skills through statistics workshops, and computer sessions with Minitab.
To further develop writing and information gathering and interpreting skills.
To introduce the safe handling and uses of radiochemicals in the biosciences.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* decide on an appropriate statistical test for the analysis of scientific data;
* execute basic statistical tests using Minitab and interpret the outcome of such tests;
* undertake mole, gram and volume calculations that are needed for basic laboratory work;
* Write in a scientific style appropriate for the information to be presented;
* Gather information from published sources to prepare an essay on a specific topic;
* Describe the methods for safe handling of radiochemicals and their uses in the Biosciences.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy & computation T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F/A, Problem solving T/F/A, Working independently T/F, Career preparation T/F.

Practical skills: Basic quantitative laboratory skills; radiochemical handling. IT skills: Minitab. General skills: Numerical skills, statistical skills.
These skills will be developed during tutorial sessions, which have the additional aim of identifying and rectifying weaknesses in subject background.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB10002 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Biochemistry (Full-time) - Year 1
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc (hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Full-time) - Year 1
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.