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MT5010: BASIC SKILLS - INDUCTION (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course is designed to provide or revise the basic skills you will require for your MSc. These skills include basic laboratory skills and techniques, but also IT skills and the use of University of Aberdeen specific systems (e.g. MyAberdeen etc), writing skills, literature researching and analysis of journal articles. The overarching aim is to develop these skills to a level required to undertake graduate studies and projects in the medical science discipline areas.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 0 credits (0 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Steven 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?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

 

The course combines lecture-based learning, tutorials and laboratory practicals, with the aim of providing student with hands on, supported experience of the University of Aberdeen.

Early exercises will encourage engagement with the University IT systems, and will help students transition into their programme.


A combination of simulated and wet practical classes will develop practical skills across the cohort, equipping those less experienced with necessary competence and confidence and offering those with more experience the opportunity to refresh and enhance their skills.


Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to communicate through the virtual learning environment about current research topics as a means of encouraging literature engagement and analysis, culminating in a student-led journal club event.


An early written exercise will encourage student engagement from the outset of the programme and provide the opportunity for students to seek support in completing their first assignment at the University.

Overall, the course aims to deliver a soft landing and a wealth of important skills to incoming students to help support their transition in the University of Aberdeen.


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 8, 10
  • 1 Seminar during University week8
  • 1 Tutorial during University week8

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

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 9 Feedback Weeks 11

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Feedback

Short written exercise to assess understanding, writing skills and the ability to use and cite literature sources effectively.

 

Feedback will be delivered promptly, with in depth online comments on strengths and weakness of the submitted work.

Word Count 300
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate writing skills and an awareness of citing and referencing styles.
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand and appraise experimental procedures e.g. protein assays, cell culture.
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate understanding of laboratory safety, good working practice, and basic laboratory techniques.

Practical Write-up

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 11 Feedback Weeks 11

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Feedback

Series of short online tests and exercises to assess understanding of practical sessions and the subsequent data analysis.

 

Feedback will be delivered promptly upon completion of these assessments.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand and appraise experimental procedures e.g. protein assays, cell culture.
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate understanding of laboratory safety, good working practice, and basic laboratory techniques.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateUnderstand and appraise experimental procedures e.g. protein assays, cell culture.
ProceduralApplyDemonstrate understanding of laboratory safety, good working practice, and basic laboratory techniques.
ConceptualApplyDemonstrate writing skills and an awareness of citing and referencing styles.

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