SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3C923618
Module Leader Adrian Pierotti
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The module will foster the abilities to plan experiments, to interpret the results and present findings in the format of scientific paper by combining a lecture and seminar programme that illustrates data analysis techniques and presentation styles with laboratories that fosters the ability to design and execute an experimental programme.


Research Ethics Literature searching, reference manager Preparation of Risk Assessment Experimental design Structuring a scientific report Analysis of data from classic experiments presentation and description of data critical comparison of two scientific papers Laboratory programme: An extended laboratory practical focused on reinforcing practical skills by: preparing key reagents, making informed choices in the design of the experiment through accessing a set of SOP's, maintaining a detailed lab book, using appropriate data analysis and presentation techniques preparing a report in the style of a scientific paper

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:- Discuss knowledge and understanding of the essential principles of experimental design- Explain the issues surrounding research ethics and regulatory processes governing bioscience research- Recognise the importance of accuracy, reproducibility and documentation in laboratory work- Appraise, interpret and present data in an appropriate format- Construct a report in the style of a scientific paper

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures and seminars will be used to demonstrate approaches to data analysis and interpretation and small group, interactive and online exercises will allow students to become proficient in these techniques. Structured laboratory sessions will allow students to design experiments and select appropriate protocol to test hypotheses. Results can then be presented appropriately.

Indicative Reading

Ruxton, G.D. & Colegrave, N. Experimental design for the life sciences 3rd Edition (2011) Oxford.

Transferrable Skills

Project management and problem solving Constructing a written report to a given specification

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 5.00
Independent Learning (FT) 136.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 5.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% Data Analysis
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 35% Lab Report