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BIOL2305 Integrated Skills for Biosciences 2

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Takashi Ochi

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

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOL2301Intermediate Skills for Biological Sciences

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To provide additional 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
At the end of the module students will be able to use an extended range of laboratory equipment and practical techniques current to biochemistry and molecular & cellular biology, and be proficient in the design of simple controlled experiments and in the recording, analysis and interpretation of a variety of experimental data.

They will also be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the approaches used to study biochemical and molecular processes, and be proficient in the handling of numerical data and simple mathematical transformations thereof that are commensurate with Level 2.

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, oral presentations.


Students will undertake a range of experiments using biochemical and molecular techniques including spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, bioinformatics, protein assays, chromatography & aseptic technique. Through these experiments they will further develop their technical competence, as well as their ability to record results, interpret a wider variety of data types and form conclusions that do not exceed reasonable interpretation of the data.

Students will also participate in tutorials to further develop their ability to
(i) handle, transform and interpret numerical data
(ii) interpret experimental results in order to solve biochemical problems
(iii) draw on material from lectures and the primary literature to generate critical reviews of current topics in the area of cell and molecular biology
(iv) develop hypotheses and appropriate experimental strategies to test hypotheses.
(v) appreciate ethical issues arising within the biological sciences/biotechnology/natural sciences area and plan for their future careers.

The tutorials will consist largely of small group teaching. Practical and tutorial attendance and the completion of all work are compulsory.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours156.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Preparation for lab: 25 hours
- Preparation for tutorials: 45 hours
- Preparation for assessed coursework: 86 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Online delivery of normal tutorials / seminars via Teams/Collaborate in Semester 1.
- Practicals/demonstrations/data analysis delivered in Semester 2. Student progress will be monitored through regular checking of laboratory books/pro formas, and supervision by demonstrators during laboratory/data analysis sessions.
- Continuous for tutorials.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical Report1 x mini-practical report50.00
Tutorial Performance2 x Tutorial assignments equally weighted 25% each. Submitted online.50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students should note that there will be NO RESIT OPPORTUNITY for this module during the August resit period, owing to the continuous nature of the assessment. Any student who fails this module will be unable to progress into Year 3, and will be required to repeat the module as an internal candidate the following year, repeating all classes and assignments, for a maximum mark of 40% (in line with other university resits).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:27:00


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