BI1BF1-Laboratory and Study Skills for Biomedicine

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites: BI1BEC1 Building Blocks of Life and BI1BM12 Key Skills in Biomedicine
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Mike Fry

Email: m.j.fry@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
• To provide training and experience in a range of basic laboratory techniques essential to a biomedical scientist and to develop the necessary mathematical and problem skills required to carry out experiments and to analyse data
• To provide knowledge of how the biomedical profession is monitored and regulated
• To help students develop effective time management and organisation, team work, communication and interpersonal skills and to encourage a self-learning approach to studying
• To develop data graphing and computing skills
• To gain knowledge of the careers of different types of Biomedical Scientists

Aims:
• To provide training and experience in a range of basic laboratory techniques essential to a biomedical scientist and to develop the necessary mathematical and problem skills required to carry out experiments and to analyse data
• To provide knowledge of how the biomedical profession is monitored and regulated
• To help students develop effective time management and organisation, team work, communication and interpersonal skills and to encourage a self-learning approach to studying
• To develop data graphing and computing skills
• To start to develop scientific writing and bibliographic skills
• To gain knowledge of the careers of different types of Biomedical Scientists

Assessable learning outcomes:
• The student should be able to:
• use basic laboratory instrumentation and carry out basic laboratory procedures accurately;
• maintain an accurate and comprehensive laboratory notebook;
• calculate the required amounts of various chemicals to make up required solutions;
• use basic computer packages such as word processors, spreadsheets, databases, and be able to use available information sources to research a project;
• and will have a knowledge of the work carried out by various biomedical scientist and will understand the legal, safety and ethical issues surrounding this work;
• write scientific prose, citing relevant materials and listing these as a bibliography.

Additional outcomes:
The students will develop self-learning, time management, team work & communication skills.

Outline content:
An introduction to basic study skills will be provided via lectures, seminars, tutorials and practicals. The development of these skills will be monitored via formative self assessments delivered via Blackboard. Lectures will also cover the function of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, the different types of roles of Biomedical Scientists (NHS, Pharmaceutical, academic researcher etc), basics of good lab safety (COSSH, microbiological, physical and chemical, human tissue act, etc) and the importance of keeping good records. Practicals, and related lectures, will introduce basic laboratory techniques and instrumentation (and its essential calibration). General lab methods such as weighing chemicals, using balances, making solutions, pH adjustment, using dispensers, pipetting, use of centrifuges, etc. The concepts of accuracy and precision, units, molar and % solutions, dilutions will be discussed and used in practice. The students will also be taught how to make maximum use of both the computer facilities available to them in the form of programmes and online materials.


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A mixture of lectures, paper discussions, computer-based exercises, laboratory and problem classes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18
Seminars 2
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 18
Guided independent study 60
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Practical skills assessment 30
Class test administered by School 20

Other information on summative assessment:
Summative assessments will include an integrated laboratory report covering work from several practicals in the form of a short paper (30%), and a small number of online questions administered through Blackboard before and after each practical (10%), and a short MCQ test on practical issues and biochemical calculations (10%).

Formative assessment methods:
The students will produce a risk assessment of a practical which will be a formative assessment that will be peer marked with feedback and discussed in class. Additional online questions through the course will allow students to gauge their level of understanding of the taught material.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One-and-a-half hour examination

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: In compliance with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 1992 Act, while studying this module students will be expected to wear the following item/s: Lab coat / Safety glasses. The Department/School can provide students with a Lab coat at a cost of ~£10. Safety glasses will be supplied.
    Students who choose not to purchase from the University must ensure that that their PPE meets the latest British/European Safety Standards.

    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 27 September 2017

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