Experimental Science

Module titleExperimental Science
Module codeNSC1004
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff

Dr Nicola King (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

40

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module will give you a broad foundation in experimental science, through laboratory sessions, which you will build upon in Stage 2 and your research project in subsequent years. The laboratory sessions are compulsory and 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 - intentions of the module

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)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

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

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

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

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

Syllabus plan

The module will begin with three introduction lectures on topics such as error analysis and report writing.

The laboratory sessions consist of core experiments designed to complement and support the biology, chemistry and physics taught in the first year. There will be six sessions for biology, six for physics, and five for chemistry. Each session will run for approximately three hours and there will be laboratory sessions most weeks during term time.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
54960

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching3Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching51Laboratory practicals (17 x 3 hour practical laboratory sessions)
Guided independent study96Additional research, reading and preparation for module assessments

Assessment

Formative assessment

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

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 report 113700 words1-6Individual marksheet
Biology laboratory report 220700 words1-6Individual marksheet
Physics laboratory report 113700 words1-6Individual marksheet
Physics laboratory report 220700 words1-6Individual marksheet
Chemistry laboratory report 117700 words1-6Individual marksheet
Chemistry laboratory report 217700 words1-6Individual marksheet

Re-assessment

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 - Basic reading

  • Michael P. Marder (2011) Research Methods for Science, Cambridge University Press

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Natural science,  practical science, research methods

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

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

NQF level (module)

4

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

10/02/2014

Last revision date

02/07/2014