Aims/Description: This module introduces students to the practical skills that underpin modern molecular bioscience. By carrying out a wide range of laboratory-based experimental work in the areas of biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and molecular biology, students develop expertise in basic laboratory techniques and an understanding of laboratory safety, as well as a broader appreciation of the nature of experimental science and experimental planning. The theoretical basis of the laboratory exercises is reinforced by a series of non-laboratory-based `analysis sessions¿ and a data skills strand. This module also provides tutorial-based support for the development of transferable skills, such as the preparation and delivery of oral and written presentations.

Restrictions on availability: Available only to students registered for degrees in MBB

Staff Contact: Dr Patrick Baker
Teaching Methods: Tutorials, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work
WebCT resources are available for this module

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology):

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