Centre for Biological Sciences

BIOL1020 Bioanalysis

Module Overview

This module is to generate an awareness of how biological research is carried out and reported. This will include an introduction to some of the online tools available for the storage, manipulation and computer visualisation of experimental data. It will describe the final goal of research - a scientific paper - as well as laboratory and data analysis techniques that are commonly used. It is expected that this module will give students skills that they can use in other modules and elsewhere.

Module Details

Title: Bioanalysis
Code: BIOL1020
Year: 1
Semester: 1 and 2

CATS points: 15 ECTS points: 7.5
Level: Undergraduate
Co-ordinator(s): Dr Matthew Bellamy

Pre-requisites and / or co-requisites

None

Programmes in which this module is compulsory

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Aims and objectives

The aim of this module is to generate an awareness of how biological research is carried out and reported, including an introduction to some of the online tools available for the storage, manipulation and computer visualisation of experimental data of the type collected in the biosciences. It will describe the final goal of research - a scientific paper - as well as laboratory and data analysis techniques that are commonly used. It is expected that this module will give students skills that they can use in other modules and elsewhere.

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  1. search online databases efficiently for scientific literature on specific topics
  2. use a spreadsheet to perform a simulation of a biological process
  3. perform and interpret simple descriptive statistics and statistical tests
  4. interpret and evaluate numerical scientific data
  5. investigate nucleotide/polypeptide sequences using online bioinformatics tools
  6. prepare presentation graphics of data and molecular structures
  7. describe and explain common laboratory techniques for isolation and investigation of biological samples.

Syllabus

Topics covered on this module include: online sources of information and tools; graphical presentation of scientific data; biological units and measurements; the manipulation, analysis and generation of data in spreadsheets (including statistical analysis); introductory bioinformatics; molecular modelling; and an overview of common laboratory techniques for the isolation, visualisation and investigation of biological samples.

Learning and teaching

Study time allocation

Contact hours: 28
Private study hours: 122
Total study time: 150 hours

Teaching and learning methods

The module is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, group work and self-directed learning using the core textbook, plus online sources of information. There is also a hands-on library workshop covering efficient use of search engines and other skills related to finding information.

Resources and reading list

For resources which are required or useful for the module: set books, text books, data books, software, web sites, other sources of related information.

Practical Skills in Biology - Biology/Zoology degrees
Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences - Biochemistry/Biomedical Sciences/Pharmacology degrees

JMol software
BLAST server and ExPasy tools webpages

http://www.engageinresearch.ac.uk/

Assessment

Assessment methods

Assessment Method  Summative / Formative  % contribution to final mark Final element of assessment (√) 
Project: Bioinformatics analysis Summative 20%  
Project: Protein poster Summative 10%  
Online Test on lecture material Summative 35%
Mathematical modelling of a biological system using Excel Summative 5%  
Statistics assignment Summative 5%  
Written Essay Summative 5%  
Knowledge database searching test in library workshop Summative 5%  
Referencing task and talk (Semester 2) Summative 5%  
Typed Essay (Semester 2) Summative 5%  
Oral presentation (Semester 2) Summative 5%  
Academic Integrity Test Must be passed 0%  
Re-assessment Method
Depending on whether elements are missing which have led to the failure, those elements may be submitted to reach passing grade overall.
Summative As above