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Quantitative Skills and Experimental Design


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Dr Paul King
  • Tutors: Dr Paul King and others from the school
  • Assessment: coursework (100%)

Module description

This is the second module in a three-module sequence at Level 4 designed to develop your quantitative and practical laboratory skills. A sound background in this subject matter is required by biomedical scientists and molecular biologists, and is preparatory for modules in later years of the programme. The content will include key quantitative and basic statistical skills, as well as other crucial aspects of scientific communication.

Indicative syllabus

  • Scientific communication
  • Writing laboratory reports
  • Academic integrity (plagiarism and correct referencing of sources)
  • Calculations in the biosciences
  • Quantitative biology
  • Data collection and data presentation
  • Choosing statistical tests for data analysis and correctly interpreting the results

Learning objectives

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

  • demonstrate mathematical skills relevant to the biosciences
  • perform the correct choice of statistical test for a given problem and correctly interpret the results
  • collect and present data in a suitable way.