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BIOL1305 Integrated Skills in Biosciences 1

20 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Dr Andrew Tuplin

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normal U/G entry requirements

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOL1302Introductory Skills for Biological Sciences

Module replaces

BIOL1301 Skills in the Biosciences, and practicals from BIOL1111 Macromolecules &Metabolism and BIOL1201 Biochemistry of Cells & Organisms

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To provide training in data collection, experimental techniques relevant to the multi-disciplinary arena of the biological sciences, the analysis of numerical data, problem solving, teamwork and presentation skills.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to;
1. Use a range of laboratory equipment and practical techniques current to microbiology, biochemistry and molecular & cellular biology, and design simple controlled experiments and record, analyse and interpret experimental data;
2. Will be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the approaches used to study micro-organisms and biochemical and molecular processes, and feel confident in the analysis and interpretation of experimental data.

Skills outcomes
- Managing knowledge; data evaluation and problem solving, sourcing, selecting & interpreting data
- Technical competence; laboratory techniques, experimental design, and analysing data, accuracy and IT skills
- Managing self; planning, time management
- Managing relationships; teamwork, decision taking, learning from others; sharing; receiving critique
- Presentation skills; lab reports, written answers.


Students will undertake a range of experiments using essential microbiological, biochemical and molecular techniques including spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, chromatography & aseptic technique.

Through these experiments they will further develop their technical competence, learn to analyse and interpret different types of data, and record and present these appropriately. There will also be opportunities to develop skills in experimental design, and to develop an understanding of safe laboratory practice.

Students will also participate in tutorials to develop their ability to:
(i) handle, transform and interpret numerical data
(ii) interpret experimental results in order to solve biochemical problems.

Small group tutorials will be based on topics covered in BIOL1112 or BIOL1212. Practical and tutorial attendance and the completion of all work are compulsory.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours155.00
Total Contact hours45.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for lab and private study: 80 hours
- Preparation for tutorials and private study: 60 hours
- On-line practice and learning: 30 hours
- Preparation for MCQ: 15 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Tutorials delivered via Collaborate for continuous monitoring.
- Online data handling exercises augmented with video demonstration.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment4 summative assignments; data handling, knowledge-based problems. (each worth 12.5% each)50.00
In-course MCQ2 x in-course MCQ tests covering practicals and tutorial work (1 formative, 1 summative)20.00
Practical Report2 x practical reports, 2 assessed lab book entries (2 formative, 2 summative),30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Owing to the continuous nature of the assessment, there is no resit in August for this module. Students would need to resit the module as an internal candidate, and repeat all the assessments.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:26:59


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