Core Skills in the Life Sciences 2A module (BS21012)

Broaden and strengthen your skills in laboratory research and develop other transferable skills

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You will undertake a structured laboratory project. This will provide experience in the use of different types of laboratory equipment, and foster proficiency in a variety of practical techniques. You will develop skills in written presentation, experimental planning, time management, group working, reflection and self-assessment of your own skills.

What you will learn

In this module you will:

  • gain proficiency in various practical techniques and equipment usage
  • develop skills in written presentation, experimental planning, time management, groupwork, self-reflection and self-assessment
  • receive support and guidance in data interpretation and how to effectively present the outcomes of your research project and laboratory-based activities
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of analytical and synthetic techniques in life sciences
  • learn and apply health and safety procedures, including risk assessment preparation for your own practical work and that of others

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • confidently undertake structured laboratory projects, with the proficient use of laboratory equipment in various practical techniques
  • successfully complete a laboratory project, demonstrating your developed skills and experience

Assignments / assessment

  • practical assessment of skills
  • computer marked assessment (CMA)
  • group work poster

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods

  • practical classes
  • workshops
  • e-learning

This module 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 laboratory and research skills. A tutorial programme will support development of transferable skills and encourage reflection.


This module is available on following courses: