SCIE502 – Practical Skills for Applied Science

Module code
Module title
Practical Skills for Applied Science
To enable students to operate safely in a laboratory setting and to introduce them to equipment and techniques required for further applications in applied sciences.
  • SX1707
  • SX1709
  • SX7000
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
Use and calibrate laboratory glassware and equipment.
Perform and interpret measurements using instrumental methods.
Perform aseptic techniques and examine microorganisms.
-Names, use and accuracy of laboratory glassware
-Following laboratory procedures and recording data
-Use and calibration of laboratory equipment including autopipetes, balances, thermometers, pH-meters, spectrophotometers
-Preparation of standard solutions and dilutions
-Calibration curves and presentation of data graphically
-UV-visible techniques including theoretical background and data interpretation
-Basic centrifugation theory and use of centrifuge
-Filtration methods
-Aseptic techniques
-Use of microscopes
-Use of controls and standards
-Experimental errors
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Learning will be facilitated using a range of teaching and learning methods, which may include:
Practical - laboratory; practical or workshop sessions and activities; demonstrations
Theory - includes web-supported tutor facilitated/directed presentations; lectures and tutorials; group activities; peer presentations and review; group/individual research; online learning activities; case studies; guest speakers
Assessment Criteria
Portfolio of Evidence100