SCI06017 2016 Laboratory Skills and Safety for Biomedical Sciences

General Details

Full Title
Laboratory Skills and Safety for Biomedical Sciences
Transcript Title
Laboratory Skills and Safety
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Subject Area
SCI - Science
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
James Brennan, Stephen Daly, Paul Walsh

The module is designed to builds upon key theories and applications in Biology, Chemistry and develop core laboratory skills and safe laboratory practice.

To develop an understanding of the principles, theory and applications of core analytical techniques for the life and health sciences.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;



K1 Explain the principles of Laboratory Safety COSSH and risk assessment.

K2 Describe and discuss microbiological safety hazards.

K3 Describe core technologies used to analyse biomolecules.

K4 Overview the principles and application of analytical separation techniques.




I1 Interpret experimental data logically within a theoretical context.

I2 Use models as an aid to development of scientific understanding.

I3 Application of general chemical principles to specific service needs.



P1 Perform common laboratory procedures safely and summarise and interpret data in a scientific manner.

P2 Use common laboratory apparatus for measurement, containment, reaction and purification of chemical substances, taking appropriate account of COSHH regulations.



T1 Identify the requirements for, organise, and conduct a practical experiment.

T2 Outline how chemical principles can be used to evaluate the use and function of biological molecules.

T3 Compute and evaluate experimental data.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Online Lectures & tutorials and laboratory practical work, supported by use of molecular models, transparencies, video, WWW and CD-ROM based material including CAL sequences.

Module Assessment Strategies


Lecture topics will be discussed during tutorials held throughout the course. Problem areas identified by the students will be further explained and homework provided to supplement the lecture material covered and to encourage independent learning.



The practical sessions will be designed to: illustrate concepts and applications that are met in the lectures; give training in the use of various techniques and apparatus; in particular fluid handling, microbial culture, aseptic technique, spectrometry, centrifugation and provide experience in the laboratory practices and safe procedures required in working with chemical and biological substances.

Repeat Assessments

Not Applicable.

Indicative Syllabus

  • Legislation and Health and Safety guidelines
  • Laboratory Risk assessments
  • Microbiological safety and waste disposal
  • Introduction to spectrometry and applications in drug testing
  • Spectroscopic analysis of biomolecules
  • Mass spectrometry of biomolecules
  • Chromatography and its applications
  • Principles and applications of electrophoresis
  • Centrifugation methods
  • Immunochemical analysis.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Coursework1 Continuous Assessment Written Report 25 % Week 3 1,2,3,4
2 Coursework2 Practical Practical Evaluation 25 % Week 6 1,2,3,4
3 Coursework3 Continuous Assessment Assessment 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
4 Coursework4 Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 25 % Week 12 1,2,3,4

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Online 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
URL Resources

Health and Safety material is available from HMSO and government agency websites

Health & Safety at Work Order (NI)1978 (HSW),

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (NI) 2000

Safe Working and the Prevention of Infection in Clinical Laboratories

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (NI) 1992

Other Resources




Denniston, JD., Topping J.J. and Caret RL (2006). General, Organic and Biochemistry (5th edition), Boston McGraw Hill


Reed R., Holmes D., Weyers J and Jones A. (2003) Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences (2nd edition) Pearson Prentice Hall