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GSCI0011 Laboratories and Coursework

Module Overview

This module is complementary to the other Science Foundation Year modules (GSCI0008, GSCI0009, GSCI0010 and GSCI0012), and is comprised of the coursework assignments in Biology, Chemistry and Maths as well as the practicals and assessments for Biology and Chemistry. The module is designed to give students the opportunity to develop the skills that underpin success in a scientific discipline, including report writing, giving presentations and creating posters along with hands-on practical skills. Note: For students on the Science Foundation Year Language Pathway, the mathematics coursework will be replaced by coursework related to the English language module (GENG0014).

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the module are: Enhance your understanding of the lecture-based taught modules by providing practical and theoretical examples of the principles; develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment; develop skills in laboratory procedures and techniques and carry these out with due regard to safety; introduce you to reporting of experimental procedure and analysis of data and the scientific writing style; develop your ICT skills; develop your academic skills.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • laboratory and measurement techniques
  • good practice in recording and reporting experimental procedure and results
  • an understanding of how to use a common computer operating system
  • a knowledge of IT packages for report writing, presentation, data analysis and computer programming
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • discuss practical examples where the theoretical concepts developed in the other modules apply
  • communicate scientific information.
  • assess the validity of chemical, biological and mathematical data, experiments, inferences and statements.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • manage your own learning
  • apply mathematical methods to solve problems;
  • apply problem solving techniques to familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • communicate scientific information effectively
  • record, analyse and evaluate data effectively
  • use ICT to support your learning
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safe and skilful practical techniques
  • devise and plan experimental activities, selecting appropriate techniques
  • record observations and measurements methodically and with appropriate precision
  • interpret, explain, evaluate and communicate results clearly and logically, demonstrating chemical knowledge and understanding.


The syllabus of the module matches that of GSCI0008, GSCI0009, and GSCI0010, with the inclusion of report writing, keeping records, presenting your work, scientific writing, laboratory skills, computer applications, computer programming, group work, academic skills.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Laboratories; • Self-paced learning; • Laboratory electronic notebooks; • Prelabs Learning activities include: • Practical sessions; • laboratory reports; • Self-paced tests; • Extended writing exercises. Study Time Allocation: • Contact Hours: 66 • Private Study Hours: 234 • Total Study time: 300 hours

Wider reading or practice36
Follow-up work96
Practical classes and workshops66
Completion of assessment task66
Preparation for scheduled sessions36
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Barrass, Chapman and Hall (1996). Scientists Must Write. 

Anthony Croft and Robert Davison. Foundation Maths. 

Mike Boyle and Kathryn Senior (2008). Biology. 

Chris Conoley and Phil Hills. Chemistry. 

Kircup, Les (1994). Experimental Methods. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 20%
Coursework 20%
Laboratory 20%
Laboratory 20%
Open Book Exam 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 20%
Coursework assignment(s) 20%
Laboratory practicals 20%
Laboratory practicals 20%
Open Book Exam 20%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Approved Calculators

All students will be required to have a university approved calculator

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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