This course focuses on experimental research methods and reporting. In addition, it teaches the students the basic laboratory skills to perform experiments in a chemical or biological laboratory as well as the physics laboratory. Students learn to work in a safe manner, with respect for themselves, others and the environment. Basic techniques will be taught, such as the accurate measurement of volumes and weights. The students will gain experience in the logistics of setting up and doing an experiment with the final goal of communicating their findings in a report. Typical topics, which will be covered in this skills training are: • Chemical and biological separations and isolations (distillation, extraction, chromatography) • Acid and bases (measuring pH, using buffer solutions, titrations). • Chemical and biological kinetics (enzymes, reaction order) • Thermodynamic properties of compounds and reactions • Introduction into microscopy and imaging of biological samples
• To be able to perform basic chemical and biological laboratory research experiments in a safe and scientifically sound manner. • To understand the handling of materials and solutions (weighing, making solutions, handling solutions, working with pipettes and volumetric glassware). • To learn to setup and execute a scientific research experiment. • To provide an introduction to scientific research reporting.
Co-requisites BIO1001 Introduction to Natural Sciences: Biology CHE1001 Introduction to Natural Sciences: Chemistry