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Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

BB20152: Practice of science

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 50%, EX 50%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB10001 and take BB10002
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To familiarise the student with the nature of scientific enquiry as a collective human enterprise, and the organisation, funding, communication and ethics of contemporary science. Areas in which there are differences of opinion and potential conflict are emphasised.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* discuss the nature and organisation of science, making reference to such aspects as scientific communication, funding, intellectual property and professional, social and environmental responsibility;
* work both as part of a team and independently to present a case;
* engage fairly with matters of controversy and formulate their own opinions.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Oral communication T/F/A, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Group working T/F, Career preparation T/F.


* The nature of science as a method of human enquiry: a brief survey of ideas on philosophy of science.
* Funding and control: who decides what science should be done?
* Intellectual property and the public good.
* Publication of science: scientific writing, primary literature and reviews; the editorial process; peer review, good and bad; open aces literature.
* Professional and social responsibility: the scientist's duties to the employer, the Public Interest, environmental preservation etc.
* Ethics and values: some principles and implications.
* Error and deception in science.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

BB20152 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Biology (Full-time) - Year 2
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc (hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2

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