Core Skills 1B module (BS12010)

Gain further practice in the research skills needed for effective laboratory work.

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You will continue to develop the research skills introduced during the previous semester. Undertaking a short independent research project will help you practice and extend your technical capabilities. You will gain an understanding and practical experience of techniques such as PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis for DNA analysis, protein purification, and protein analysis. You will use microscopy to explore the structure and development of the body.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • develop research skills through a short independent research project
  • gain practical experience in PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, protein purification, and protein analysis
  • utilise microscopy for exploring the structure and development of the body
  • learn how to use computers to manage and interpret numerical data, to present your project results effectively
  • reflect on and evaluate your own learning throughout the semester, identifying areas for development
  • develop laboratory skills through continuous assessment as you complete each achievement

Assignments / assessment

  • practical assessment of skills
  • computer marked assessment (CMA)
  • poster presentation

The skills assessment is a required element that must be passed to pass the module.

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods

  • practical classes
  • workshops
  • e-learning

This is a module that emphasises practical techniques and their application. The teaching will be a mixture of practical classes and supportive workshops. You will have access to self-study exercises using e-learning packages to help consolidate basic laboratory and research skills.


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