Laboratory Science 1

Module code: NS1023

Module co-ordinator: Dr Cheryl Hurkett

This module will provide you with the skills, competencies and attitudes necessary to complete your Research Project during your degree and for a future career in science in a laboratory setting.

The location and duration varies according to the practical needs of each experimental set-up. In general, you will be assigned a 4-hour session to complete the practical elements of each experiment as well as preliminary data analysis.

You are also expected to spend a small additional amount of time outside of the lab session finalising your analysis and write up of the experiment.

Topics covered

  • Lab health and safety
  • Standard lab procedures
  • Lab note taking
  • The sources of errors in experiments
  • Calculating and presenting errors in reports and graphs
  • Analysis of data collected from a data logging device
  • Using specialist equipment from physics/chemistry/biological sciences labs


  • 2 four-hour laboratory inductions
  • 19 four-hour lab sessions


  • Lab notebook competency check (15%)
  • Experimental summary (85%)