Module Catalogues

Key Skills for Life Scientists

Module Title Key Skills for Life Scientists
Module Level Level 0
Module Credits 2.50
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

The aim of the module is to develop students' skills proficiency in the context of their biological studies. Students will be introduced to general skills, scientific skills and specifically biology-related skills. All skills are required to underpin students’ academic progress throughout their undergraduate studies, and as well after graduation.

Learning outcomes

After completing the module students should be able to
A understand the structure of the department of biological sciences
B understand the basic principles of the scientific method
C present and share scientific information to appropriate standards
D understand the basic principles of biology
E retrieve, understand and manage web based biological knowledge and information
F perform a basic set of calculations and appropriately analyse data
G use appropriate software for macromolecule visualization
H Build up a visible professional profile

Method of teaching and learning

The theoretical aspects of this module will be delivered through lectures, that will be followed by and supported with coursework that will consist of tasks, tutorials and practical sessions.
Some sessions on this module will be delivered by Language Centre tutors, with the aim of assisting students with language/study skills requirements for the module. Students will also be provided with online language/study skills support to help them engage with module content
The assignments for the curriculum vitae, the personal statement and the oral presentation will be assessed through the tutorials by LC.
In addition, students are set tasks (either individually or as part of group work) that should be completed as part of students self-assessment. The tasks will be course work that can include problem solving exercises and open-book quizzes that students will need to complete at home, or in class. These exercises will be explanatory examples, to clarify and deepen understanding of the module content. A Final exam will assess that all concepts learnt after the lectures were well understood.
The Practical will consist in in-class course work that will take place in the computer pool. In these sessions, students will be assisted by the lecturers/demonstrators on the completion of the assigned tasks. A Pymol session will be assessed.