BIMBF1-Research Techniques, Analysis and Experimental Design

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Phillip Dash


Summary module description:
Biomedical research requires a broad knowledge of the experimental methods and techniques that are used in modern laboratories. This module will provide students with an understanding of the theoretical principles and the practical application of a range of core biomedical research techniques. Each of these techniques will be taught through a combination of lectures (to discuss the theory behind the techniques) and practical classes (to gain hands on practical experience). Throughout the module the general principles of experimental design and good laboratory practice in both academic and industrial applications of science will be emphasised.

This module aims to familiarise students with a range of key biomedical research techniques used in both academic and commercial applications of biomedical science. It will enable students to decide on the most appropriate methods to use in conducting their own research. The practical experience gained in this module will enable students to perform their own experiments and conduct their own research. Students will also put into practice what they’ve learned by putting together a proposal to solve a scientific problem. At the start of term students will be given a briefing from a team of scientists from industry. They will explain a problem or challenge that they would like solved. Working in small teams students will search the literature and apply their knowledge of different lab techniques to propose a solution to these challenges. This will allow students to see how these important skills can translate into both academic and industry settings.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module students should understand the theoretical principles underlying a range of core laboratory techniques, be able to perform them experimentally and apply them to address scientific problems. Students will be able to critically evaluate research methods and be able to select the appropriate methods for addressing a particular research question.

Additional outcomes:
The students should obtain a deeper understanding of biomedicine though the application of practical approaches, and will learn to work as part of a group

Outline content:
The following biomedical research techniques will be covered in this module:

• Cloning & genetic manipulation
• Microscopy (including confocal microscopy and live cell imaging techniques)
• Bioinformatics
• Cell culture and transfection techniques
• Western blotting

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be primarily practical-based in the teaching and research labs in the Hopkins Building. Additional individual study and class preparation (using blackboard site) will be required and participation in class discussion will be encouraged.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Practicals classes and workshops 80
Guided independent study 120
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 25
Oral assessment and presentation 25
Class test administered by School 50

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

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Reassessment arrangements:
A reassessment essay title will be provided by the module convenor.

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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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