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BB10216: Practical research and academic skills for biologists

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 60%, PR 40%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Semester 1 Practical (PR 20%)
  • Semester 1 Tutorial (CW 30%)
  • Semester 2 Practical (PR 20%)
  • Semester 2 Tutorial (CW 30%)
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 acquire basic laboratory and academic skills (delivered by directed tutorial assignments). Tutorial sessions will develop essay writing, group discussion and presentation skills. A workshop will introduce students to library facilities and literature searching.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Demonstrate basic laboratory skills (accurate pipetting, make spectrophotometric determinations and calculations, set up and use a compound light microscope effectively and handle microorganisms safely and efficiently)
* Apply these skills to mini-projects and practicals
* Demonstrate data interpretation and analysis skills
* Present reasoned arguments and analyses in the form of reports
* Clearly present scientific information orally to a small audience
* Cite references (in an appropriate scientific format).

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

Practical Research

Basic quantitative laboratory skills, experimental design strategies using a 'mini-research' project (recombinant gene constructs for directed protein expression and localisation studies), eukaryotic cell culture, microbiology methods and multicellular organism biology.
Academic skills: Essay writing. Small group discussion work. Giving presentations. Searching, reading and analysing research papers. 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:

BB10216 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry