Natural Sciences

Experimental Science (2020/1)

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Module TitleExperimental Science Credit Value15
Module CodeNSC1004 Module ConvenorDr Kate Dunne
Duration: Term 1 2 3
No. of weeks 11 11
Number students taking module (anticipated) 40
Module description

This module will give you a broad foundation in experimental science, through laboratory sessions and other learning sessions, which you will build upon in Stage 2 and your research project in subsequent years. The laboratory sessions consist of core experiments designed to complement and support the biology, chemistry and physics taught in the first year.

It will also help you to develop transferable skills, such as report writing, which are essential to all scientists.

This is a compulsory module for students on the BSc/MSci Natural Sciences, and is not open to students on other programmes.

Module aims

The aims of this module are to give you a foundation in the key experimental skills required to become a successful scientist and to help you learn how to apply the experimental method, developing your ability to make reliable measurements and reporting them in an effective and ethical manner.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 1. Plan and execute experimental investigations
  • 2. Analyse and interpret scientific results

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

  • 3. Prepare and maintain a neat and accurate laboratory notebook
  • 4. Recognise ethical frameworks that apply to science

Personal and Key Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge:

  • 5. Communicate effectively and accurately through a report
  • 6. Use the library and a range of online resources to research a topic of interest

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Lectures will introduce students to laboratory health and safety, introduce assessments, provide background and context, and introduce key skills.

The laboratory sessions consist of core experiments designed to complement and support the biology, chemistry and physics taught in the first year. Other taught sessions, including online learning, will also be used to develop skills essential to experimental scientists.  

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
301200
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching30Lectures, laboratory practicals and online learning activities
Guided independent study120Additional research, reading and preparation for module assessments. Independent online learning activities.
ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Review of laboratory notebooks2 x five minute oral assessments of notebooks within class1, 3Oral/written
Oral review of practical skills3 x five minute oral assessment of practical skills within class2, 3Oral
Biology laboratory report 1700 words1-6Individual marksheet
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Biology laboratory report30700 words1-6Individual marksheet
Physics laboratory report30700 words1-6Individual marksheet
Chemistry laboratory report30700 words1-6Individual marksheet
Health and Safety test5700 words1-6Individual marksheet
Health and Safety exercise5700 words1-6Individual marksheet
DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Biology laboratory report 1Laboratory report1-6August/September assessment period
Biology laboratory report 2Laboratory report1-6August/September assessment period
Physics laboratory report 1Laboratory report1-6August/September assessment period
Physics laboratory report 2Laboratory report1-6August/September assessment period
Chemistry laboratory report 1Laboratory report1-6August/September assessment period
Chemistry laboratory report 2Laboratory report1-6August/September assessment period
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Deferral – if you have been deferred for any assessment, you will be expected to complete relevant deferred assessments as determined by the Mitigation Committee. The mark given for re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a replacement laboratory report as determined by the Natural Sciences APAC. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Reading list for this module:

  • Michael P. Marder (2011) Research Methods for Science, Cambridge University Press
Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Web based and electronic resources
Other resources

 

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE

7.5

PRE-REQUISITE MODULES

None

CO-REQUISITE MODULES

NSC1002 Mathematics and Computing: Integrative Tools for Natural Sciences, NSC1003 Foundations in Natural Science, NSC1005 Frontiers in Science 1

NQF LEVEL (FHEQ)

4

AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING?

No

ORIGIN DATE

10/02/2014

LAST REVISION DATE

09/07/2020

KEY WORDS SEARCH

Natural science,  practical science, research methods