SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMC726375
Module Leader Frances MacInnes
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

At least a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a biomedical or biological science discipline.

Summary of Content

MSkills has 2 components, Digital literacies and Preparatory Laboratory Skills. Digital literacies will focus on providing students with an underpinning of digital technology, applications, devices and the Internet to facilitate study at M level. This includes: communication and collaboration, ICT literacy, information literacy, learning skills, media literacy. Students will use a combination of their skills in carrying out research on a given topic and producing a digital portfolio. The development of digital literacies underpins all other taught and research elements of the programme. Discipline Specific Practical Skills will ensure that all students possess the essential practical skills and knowledge enabling them to effectively and safely conduct experiments in practical classes.


Digital literacy MSkills Communication and collaboration - using digital tools and networks (using e and m-learning, BYOD) ICT - utilising different services, applications and devices to enhance learning and teaching Learning skills - developing relevant self-directed learning, research and study skills (independent and collaborative working, time management, organisation and responsibility) Information and media literacy - search and retrieve digital and other source material; critical evaluation to produce appropriate professional outputs using a range of media Library search skills (search techniques, querying, exporting results) ICT Skills for M level publications and digital portfolio creation Plagiarism awareness Harvard Style citing & referencing (using RefWorks or similar) Critical analysis, analytical thinking for academic writing Lab Skills Preparatory laboratory skills: Safe operation of a biological laboratory Health and Safety Micropipetting Buffer preparation Basic microbiology techniques Microscopy Use of core molecular biology equipment Analysis of proteins including Western Blotting Recording Data PCR and Analysis of nucleic acids

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Develop digital literacies in researching and critically evaluating given topic to produce a digital portfolio. 2. Demonstrate compentency in practical lab skills in preparation for M level study.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module uses a blended learning approach with lectures, tutorials, labs and online learning via GCU Learn VLE. It follows a student centred learning approach to facilitate the delivery of key digital literacies, laboratory practical and academic skills the student requires to successfully complete a programme of study at Masters level. Students will be encouraged to work independently using both online and hard copy materials and making use of mobile technology, applications and digital resources.

Indicative Reading

DIVAN, A. (2009) Communicaton skills for the Biosciences - A graduate guide . Oxford University Press, Oxford. JOHNSON, S., SCOT, J. (2019) Study and Communicaton Skills for the Biosciences . 3rd Editon. Oxford University Press, Oxford. MUHAMMAD MUJTABA, M.Z., 2018. Digital Storytelling. Alsuna. 1(1), pp.27-39. Available from: 10.31538/alsuna.v1i1.51. WEMPEN, F., 2014. Digital Literacy For Dummies. 1st ed.For Dummies.

Transferrable Skills

Digital Literacies Reading, writing and communication skills Media and information literacy skills Independent study skills Problem solving Logical thinking ICT skills Working with others Ability to apply knowledge Time management Laboratory techniques & good practice Common Good Attribute Development

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Practicals (FT) 40.00
Independent Learning (FT) 65.00
Tutorials (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 0.00 50% Labaratory Skills Package (Pass/Fail)
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% Digital Portfolio