Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module aims to introduce students to a range of basic laboratory skills, incorporating experiment design and recording and the concepts of accuracy, precision and uncertainty.
This module prepares students for advanced laboratory analyses allied to the themes of Ecology (NS5205), Environmental Change (NS5303) and Water (NS5306).This skills pathway also readies students for a Geography Dissertation (NS6333) that may involve laboratory analyses.
Experiment design, documentation and evaluation
Accuracy, precision and uncertainty
Multiple independent measures and reliability
Primary environmental laboratory analyses
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Comprehend the principles, mechanisms and application of a range of laboratory techniques
2. Design an effective experiment
3. Demonstrate competency in the method and operation of laboratory equipment
4. Assess the limitations of analytical techniques and the data they generate to resolve accuracy, precision and uncertainty
5. Undertake basic laboratory work with due regard for ethical standards safety and risk assessment
6. Demonstrate a capacity for autonomous and small group practical work
A course map contains a list of the individual study units, called modules, that you study to complete your course. Some modules are compulsory, but you can sometimes choose modules outside your core area of study which interest you.
A module is a self-contained, individual unit of study. The module descriptor provides various details about the module including who the module tutor is, what you will be studying, how you will be assessed and what you will have learned once you have completed the module.
Course maps and module descriptors from previous years can be found in the Course Resources Archive.