Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Mutually Exclusive

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour introductory lecture in first week of term and 6 x 1 hour tutorial/lectures (not timetabled)
Practical 1 x 4 hour practical session every afternoon during Week 1


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Practical report/worksheet dossier  Outcomes 1, 2, 3  80%
Semester Assessment Group poster  Outcomes 3, 4  10%
Semester Assessment CV assignment  Outcome 3  10%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  Outcomes 1, 2  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Follow an experimental protocol

2. Record, interpret and report experimental data appropriately

Present data/concepts through a variety of media

Work effectively and responsibly as part of a team

Critically evaluate personal skills development

Brief description

A largely practical module. Students will undertake a series of linked experiments that will develop basic practical skills required for research in microbiology, biochemistry and/or genetics. Group working skills will be developed thorugh tutorials, which will also provide guidance in career planning, and presentation/interpretation of experimental data.


Tutorials will provide subject specific skills development, and provide a venue for personal development, career planning and APPR, and the development and presentation of grouop work.

Experiments will be undertaken that demonstrate, for example:

The extraction of DNA from cells
The introduction of DNA into cells
Assays of gene function
Genetic inheritance
The relationship between genotype and phenotype
PCR for diagnostic and preparative purposes
Recombinant DNA technology
DNA sequencing

Students will develop expertise in basic laboratory methods, for instance:

Use of a light microscope
Aseptic technique for safe handling of microorganisms
Use of a spectrophotometer
Culturing of microorganisms
Recording, interpretation and reporting of laboratory data

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Collection and scrutiny of data in terms of quality and quantity. Data interpretation.
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in coursework preparation
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines. The directed study elements will provide opportunity for students to explore their own learning styles and preferences and identify their needs and barriers to learning. Students will be able to review and monitor their progress and plan for improvement of personal performance.
Information Technology Accessing the web for information sources and using databases to find primary literature.
Personal Development and Career planning Through tutorials, students will engage with APPR and have discussions centering on career planning and personal development. CVs will be developed through tutorials.
Problem solving Practical classes will allow students to gain experience in designing, executing and interpreting data
Research skills Practical classes will allow the development of key biological research skills at an early stage of their academic careers.
Subject Specific Skills Subject specific concepts relating to biochemistry, genetics and microbiology will be developed. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of laboratory experimentation, and utilise common lab methods appropriately.
Team work Students will work in pairs/small groups during practical sessions. They will need to discuss their experimental design and work effectively as a small team in practical classes. Group will be undertaken by tutorial groups to produce a poster.


This module is at CQFW Level 4