Skills for Biosciences

Laboratory skills, transferable skills training including mathematics, IT, literature search and scientific writing.


BSc Biochemistry, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology


Year One

10 Credits

This module contains four elements:

  • Quantitative Skills
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Practical Skills
  • Study Skills

Students enter their first year at University with a wide range of abilities so that we can provide support for them at the most appropriate level we will use tests to assess their proficiency in simple Quantitative skills. In this way we aim to ensure that those who need further assistance receive it so that no student’s progress is impeded by their lack of essential skills.

Most of the content of the module is delivered through workshops where they can work through problems and examples and get help with the parts they find difficult. They will also take part in 3 practical classes which are focussed on laboratory techniques and allow them to practice lab skills in readiness for the practical components of other modules.
Clear writing and expression are very important in scientific communication. Some may not have written an essay for a few years and some will need to adjust to a different way of researching their essay and presenting the material. Students will be guided through this process by their personal tutor and tutorial essays will contribute to the assessment for this module. 


Lectures, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio/workshop, guided independent study


Coursework (100%)