Scientific Skills & Tutorials - BIO00032I

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gonzalo Blanco
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

The aim of the module is to provide a general grounding in the use of the scientific approaches and experimental methods to investigate and communicate in the biosciences. Students will get an opportunity to devise and conduct experiments, as well as analysing the data and communicating the results using appropriate approaches. The module will also enable students to improve their skills in exploring and analysing the scientific literature and other sources of information, working in teams and communicating science in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences.

Module learning outcomes

  • To be able to generate a testable hypothesis.
  • To design and conduct experiments to test this hypothesis, with appropriate controls.
  • To have practical experience of a range of techniques relevant to the discipline.
  • To work effectively within a team.
  • To be able to write a scientific report based on practical work.
  • To communicate scientific information and ideas in the form of a variety of media to a variety of audiences.
  • To use appropriate graphical methods to produce data figures with appropriately detailed legends.
  • To use relevant statistical or other analytical methods to analyse data.
  • To research scientific literature in a given area, and write an extended and well-structured account.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Collaborative Report
N/A 20
Essay/coursework
Poster & Experimental Design
N/A 35
Essay/coursework
Scientific Report
N/A 45

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Collaborative Report
N/A 20
Essay/coursework
Poster & Experimental Design
N/A 35
Essay/coursework
Scientific Report
N/A 45

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process and we return all first and second year work to you after marking for feedback purposes via Biology Student Services in week 9 or 10 of the spring and summer terms. You will be notified by e-mail when your work is ready for collection.

Module marks are made available to both you and your supervisor via your eVision account as soon as the marks are available, by week 6 of the spring term and week 8 of the summer term. You are expected to discuss your performance and progress with your supervisor in your mid-spring term and end of summer term supervisory meetings.

A histogram of all module marks is produced and posted on the examinations notice board outside Biology Student Services.

Specimen answers are posted on the web: by comparing the specimen answers with your own, you should obtain a clear idea of what was expected of you. For each module the markers will also give general feedback on how well the questions were answered and point out any standard errors that students may have made.

Indicative reading

These are available in EARL which is accessible through the VLE module site.



The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.