Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 6 x 3h practical classes
Lecture 1 x 2h lecture


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Laboratory practical reports  100%
Supplementary Assessment resubmit laboratory practical reports  100%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an awareness of relevant Health & Safety issues
  • undertake a range of standard analytical procedures to acceptable standards of accuracy and precision
  • convert primary analytical readings to obtain experimental data
  • produce experimental reports to a required format.


The module aims to introduce students to the basic principles and practice of laboratory based analyses. It is also designed to complement and underpin other modules in level 0 of the Life Sciences degree scheme. Emphasis is given to training in basic laboratory skills, to developing an understanding of factors affecting the quality of analytical data and to building confidence in manipulating these data.


The course consists of integrated workshop and practical sessions covering several basic laboratory procedures that are relevant to other level 0 modules. It commences with a consideration of laboratory safety issues and the principles underlying laboratory analyses. An initial laboratory class then introduces students to issues of accuracy and precision using volumetric analyses to illustrate these points. Practical classes will then continue covering aspects of solution preparation and titration, instrument calibration and the basis of spectroscopic analysis, and light microscopy. After the initial introductory classes, students will be expected to produce experimental reports; they will be tutored in the content and format of these reports.

Reading List

General Text
(2003.) Practical skills in biomolecular sciences /Rob Reed ... [et al.]. Primo search
Recommended Text
Duck, R., Jones, R., & Weyers, J. (2003) Practical Skills in Environmental Sciences Only one of the following books required 2nd Pearson Primo search Jones, A., Reed, R. & Weyers, J. (2003) Practical Skills in Biology 2nd Pearson Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 3