This module will will cover laboratory based topics from Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2. The Scientific Computing component will provide the student with an understanding of computer and network applications, as well as the skills to use desktop computers and applications appropriate to scientific research and industry. In all practicals, students will be encouraged to develop their ability to integrate the use of various laboratory techniques in order to solve a prescribed scientific problem. The concept of team-work, good laboratory practice and the need for both validation and statistical evaluation of results will be emphasized throughout. An underlying theme will also be the development of students’ scientific presentation skills.
Biology 2 (Biochemistry Experiments):
Investigation of the Beer-Lambert Law; Biuret Assay; Amino acid analysis; Separation of Proteins using Gel Filtration Chromatography
Biology 2 (Microbiology Experiments):
Media preparation and sterilisation; Microbes in the environment; Aseptic technique; Isolation of pure culture(streak plate technique); Simple and differential staining of microorganisms.
Organic chemistry techniques including extraction, recrystallisation, distillation and functional group tests
Synthesis of simple organic compounds and their analysis by TLC
Measurment of voltage, current and resistance with multimeter; investigation of Ohm's Law; investigation of electrical signal characteristics using an oscilloscope (amplitude, frequency and periodic time).
Determination of focal length of lens; measurement of small dimensions from laser diffraction patterns; Introduction to the Spectroscope and determination of wavelength of constituent colours of mercury lamp.
Hardware components of a PC. Login and security. The Windows environment. Organising, saving and backing up folders and files. Client-server network environments: Ethernet and WiFi networks, network folders and files, network printing, email and WWW.
Word Processing: Drafting and formatting technical documents; Tables; Chemical and mathematical equations and formulae. Spreadsheets: Tables; Data processing; Equations; Statistical functions; Graphs. Chemical Drawing.
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