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BS354-15 Laboratories and Assessments for Biological Sciences

Life Sciences
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Daniel Franklin
Credit value
Module duration
30 weeks
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

Subject specific laboratory classes and a small group tutorial programme.

Module aims

To complete the development of students' research and transferrable skills through a program of laboratory and tutorial activities (continuation of programs in Years 1 and 2).

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Students will complete the third year of a laboratory and tutorial-based skills program. The key aims of the year 3 program are to embed final year level literature and practical research skills. This will be achieved through a combination of tutorial set tasks, some of which are formative, some summatively assessed, and laboratory classes.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Students should be able to critically analyse data produced in the laboratory or during field work
  • Students should be able to critically analyse the primary research literature
  • Students should be able to design experiments
  • Students should be able to navigate ethical approval
Subject specific skills

a. Demonstrate clear understanding of the scientific topic
b. Contain evidence of extended reading and lateral integration of material not covered in the lectures
c. Demonstrate independent thought and deep understanding
d. Specifically answer the set question using information from multiple lectures and sources
e. Be structured and formatted in a way that demonstrates understanding and logical flow
f. Use multiple sources to construct complex scientific arguments and integrating these to build and develop the student's own scientific conclusions.

Transferable skills
  1. Critical appraisal of source material
  2. Self directed learning
  3. Adult learning

Study time

Type Required
Tutorials 12 sessions of 1 hour (8%)
Practical classes 50 sessions of 1 hour (33%)
Private study 88 hours (59%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Labs - data analysis and report writing.
Tutorials - preparation of material for each contact session, and assessment reports.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A
Weighting Study time
Environmental lab report 40%

Submission of lab report

Dynamics lab report 1 10%

Submission of lab report

Dynamics lab report 2 10%

Submission of lab report

Dynamics lab report 3 20%

Submission of lab report

Experimental design 1 10%
Experimental design 2 10%
Assessment group R
Weighting Study time
TBC 100%
Feedback on assessment

Written individual feedback


This module is Core for:

  • Year 3 of UBSA-3 Undergraduate Biological Sciences
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A1 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio)
  • Year 4 of UBSA-4 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 4 of ULFA-C113 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Placement Year)
  • Year 3 of ULFA-C1A5 Undergraduate Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement (MBio)