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MT5010: BASIC SKILLS - INDUCTION (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide or revise the basic skills you will require for your MSc. The course will revise basic laboratory skills and techniques and advance these to a level required to undertake graduate practical classes and projects by developing hands-on experience, competence and confidence in key laboratory skills. An expert from the library will explain the use and facilities of the library and the basics of database searching to enhance research skills and project validation.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 0 credits (0 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Steve Tucker

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MRes Drug Discovery (Studied) or MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology (Studied) or MSc Clinical Pharmacology (Studied) or MSc Drug Discovery and Development (Studied) or Master Of Science In Genetics And Human Nutrition (Studied) or MSc Immunology (Studied) or MSc Bio-Business and Medical Sciences (Studied) or MSc Genetics (Studied) or MSc Microbiology (Studied) or MSc Systems and Synthetic Biology (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course combines lecture-based learning, with tutorials and laboratory practicals, aimed to enhance understanding of laboratory practice, techniques and safety.

In the wet practical classes the students will begin with the basics of making solutions, buffers etc. and will progress to more complex quantitative assays requiring data generation, interpretations and presentation of results. At all stages in this process the emphasis will be maintained on good safe laboratory practice to build the skills and confidence of individuals.

Throughout the course, several online features will enable further development of skills using tailored elearning approaches.
A laboratory notebook will also be completed throughout the course to encourage good laboratory practice. This will be formatively assessed at the end of the course and feedback given on strengths and weaknesses.

The library component will introduce demonstrate and develop student appreciation of the library and the most valid and appropriate way to carry out research. There will be a formative task completed as part of this section as well.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

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Summative Assessments

There are no assessments for this course.

Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes


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