Laboratory Science 2

Module code: NS2023

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

  • Measurement of viscosity of a fluid
  • X-ray fluorescence
  • Modes of vibration
  • Optics
  • Electric fields
  • Phase equilibrium
  • Thermodynamics of a dissociation reaction
  • Rate of hydrolysis of 2-Methyl-2-Chloropropane
  • Thermodynamic parameters from electrochemical measurements
  • Activation energy for the reaction between HI and H₂O₂
  • Esterification and distillation: Preparation, purification and analysis of Butyl Ethanoate
  • DNA analysis
  • Muscle fibre identification
  • Metabolic rate and energy consumption
  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Molecular genetics


  • 18 four-hour lab sessions


  • Formal Lab Reports (30%)
  • Experimental Summaries (70%)