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MT5010: BASIC SKILLS - INDUCTION (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 0 credits (0 ECTS credits)
Campus Foresterhill Sustained Study No
  • Dr Steve Tucker

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

  • One of MRes Drug Discovery or MRes Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology or MSc Clinical Pharmacology or MSc Drug Discovery and Development or Master Of Science In Genetics And Human Nutrition or Master Of Science In Molecular Medicine or Master Of Research In Medical Mycology For Clinicians or MSc Immunology or Master Of Science In Immunology And Immunotherapy or Master Of Science In Biotechnology, Bioinformatics And Bio-Business or MSc Bio-Business and Medical Sciences or Master Of Science In Reproductive And Developmental Biology or MSc Genetics or Master Of Science In Cardiovascular Science & Diabetes or MSc Microbiology or MSc Systems and Synthetic Biology or Master Of Science In Industrial Biotechnology

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 simulated and 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, interpretation 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.


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.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 7, 9
  • 2 Lectures during University week7
  • 1 Practical during University week7

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Assessed by completion of a laboratory notebook and through a literature search exercise.

Formative Assessment

Significant feedback provided throughout the practical and simulation exercises. Written and online feedback provided for assessed exercises.



Course Learning Outcomes


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