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Methods in Natural Sciences II


Module description

This module provides additional training in the laboratory, field and analytical skills used by scientists to understand the natural world. Compulsory for all students on the course, it includes hands-on experience of the scientific methods used in psychology, bioscience, earth science and astronomy, and will equip you with the practical skills and confidence to pursue further study across a range of scientific disciplines. Content includes a mixture of computer, laboratory and field-based exercises by a team of subject-specialist lecturers.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Design and participate in a psychology experiment
  • Make astronomical observations and interpretations at a London-based observatory
  • Conduct a biological wet-lab experiment involving practical biochemistry and relevant laboratory equipment
  • Collect morphological data from a museum zoological collection and make taxonomic inferences
  • Prepare a research plan for an individual natural science project in a chosen discipline

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • undertake psychological experimentation and data interpretation
  • make astronomical observations and data interpretations
  • undertake biochemical experiments and use appropriate laboratory equipment
  • collect morphological data from museum specimens
  • prepare and plan for an individual natural sciences research project.