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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • this course is the cornerstone to all the advanced science courses in later years and provides you with key skills for success in science; 
  • feedback from employers drove the course design to give specific and focused science skills to enhance your employability;
  • analytical, professional, data interpretation, experimental design and problem solving skills are core elements that are essential for any graduate career portfolio;
  • this course and the additional specifically developed online resources have been commended by employers and students alike.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Derryck Shewan

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

  • One of Anatomy (AN) (Studied) or Biochemistry (BC) (Studied) or Biotechnology (BT) (Studied) or Developmental Biology (DB) (Studied) or Genetics (GN) (Studied) or Immunology (IM) (Studied) or Molecular Biology (MB) (Studied) or Microbiology (MC) (Studied) or Pharmacology (PA) (Studied) or Physiology (PY) (Studied) or Sports Science (SR) (Studied)
  • One of BI1507 The Cell (Passed) or SF1503 The Cell (Foundation) (Passed) or SM1501 The Cell (Passed)
  • One of BI1507 The Cell (Passed) or SF1503 The Cell (Foundation) (Passed) or SM1501 The Cell (Passed)
  • One of Anatomy (AN) (Studied) or Biochemistry (BC) (Studied) or Biotechnology (BT) (Studied) or Developmental Biology (DB) (Studied) or Genetics (GN) (Studied) or Immunology (IM) (Studied) or Molecular Biology (MB) (Studied) or Microbiology (MC) (Studied) or Pharmacology (PA) (Studied) or Physiology (PY) (Studied) or Sports Science (SR) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI2005 Foundation Skills for Life Sciences (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course focuses on developing core skills for medical scientists and is required for all students with degree intentions in the School of Medical Sciences. The course is designed to increase confidence and competence in numerical manipulations, to understand and interpret different ways of presenting scientific data, to comprehend simple statistical analysis and how to use it, to understand the basis of scientific investigation and the importance of hypothesis driven enquiry, to practice numerical and practical skills, and to develop transferable skills related to teamwork, time management, communication and information technology. These skills are delivered by means of PRS-led workshops that students undertake in groups of 3, online practice questions and problem solving tasks in the context of scientific research, and individual assessments under examination conditions. Supervision is provided by a number of academic staff, bestowing expert advice as well as fostering student-staff engagement and encouraging conversation and tuition among your peers and lecturers.

Further Information & Notes

All students in the School of Medical Sciences are required to take this course, which develops and enhances the foundation skills for further study of all disciplines within the School.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Exercise and Health Science
  • BSc Immunology
  • BSc Immunology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Microbiology
  • BSc Neuroscience with Psychology
  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • BSc Sports Studies (Exercise and Health)
  • Bachelor Of Science In Microbiology (Biobusiness)
  • Bcs in Neuroscience with Psychology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Bsc In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Biobusiness)
  • MSci Immunology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Neuroscience with Psychology & in Pl't
  • MSci Pharmacology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Sports & Exercise Sci with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Exercise and Health Science with Ind'l Plac
  • MSci in Human Embryology & Developmental Bio with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Immunology and Pharmacology with Indust'l Placement
  • MSci in Sports Studies (Exercise and Health) with Ind'l Plac
  • Master In Science In Immunology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Master In Science In Pharmacology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Human Embryology & Developmtl Biology Biobus With Ip
  • Msci In Neuroscience With Psychology (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Sports & Exercise Science (Bio Bus) With Ind Pla
  • Msci In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

39 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University weeks 8, 10, 12, 14, 16
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University week17
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 7, 9, 11, 13, 15

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: There are 5 assessments and a practical project. Each assessment has to be passed, students retake any failed assessment until they pass, although limited to a CAS 9 for any attempt other than their first.

Formative Assessment

PRS-based questions in the lectures. Workshop material allows them to practise the skills with lots of staff for assistance and feedback. Practice questions give full feedback on the answers.


Students given feedback in lectures, workshops and practice sessions on the web. Further personal tuition is provided if required, by teaching staff or the Student Learning Service.

Course Learning Outcomes


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