AP0307 - Practical Skills in Science

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn and acquire key practical skills that are needed for subsequent study in your progression degree. You will learn techniques associated with the specialisms of Food Science and Nutrition, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Forensic Science and Biology. You will learn how to use Excel spread-sheets to process experimentally acquired data and produce graphical representations of your results and you will learn how to present laboratory reports using the IMRAD style.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory practical sessions and associated tutorials.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All lecture material will be available on the University eLearning Portal, supplemented with guidance on further reading relevant to the subject matter.

Electronic feedback on summative assessments will be provided via the eLP to allow you to understand how you performed and how you can build on this performance in subsequent assessments in this module and across the programme.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will learn key practical skills relevant to all subject specialisms
2. You will learn how to operate safely in a laboratory

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will learn how to use Excel to manipulate and analyse data generated from practical’s to be used for interpretation.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. e) Develop your skills in independent research will increase your scientific curiosity.

How will I be assessed?

Laboratory-based problem solving tutorials will provide the opportunity for formative feedback to be given. MLO IPSA3 and PVA4.

Each of the 5 laboratory themes will be assessed by either a formal laboratory write-up or an on-line MCQ. MLO IPSA3, IPSA4 and PVA4.

Formative assessment and feedback will be provided during laboratory sessions. MLO KU1, KU2 and PVA4.




AP0306, AP0307, AP0308 and AP0309

Module abstract

The principal focus of this module is the practice and development of a range of skills that underpin study at University. Throughout the module you will have the opportunity to experience wet laboratory practicals from all subject specialisms in a range of laboratories and these will be supported by tutorials to work through the results and their interpretations. You will gain valuable experience in writing a laboratory report in an IMRaD format, something which you will need to be skilled at throughout your subsequent degree.
The skills you will develop on this module will be invaluable to which ever progression degree you follow at level 4.

Course info

UCAS Code Y002

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Applied Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2023 or September 2024

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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