Advanced Molecular Laboratory Skills
Full course description
This course focuses on experimental research methods and reporting. In essence it is a sequel to the core practical training PRA1001 Research Methods. The main goal is to provide students with sufficient laboratory skills to successfully complete more advanced skills and projects in chemistry and biology/biochemistry related to (bio)molecular laboratory research. During the 5 lab days, students will perform a set of integrated biology and chemistry experiments. The different experiments however are connected and form one integrated experiment. In can be said that two of the skills days have an emphasis on biological or biochemical aspects of molecular research, two days focus more on the chemical aspects and one day combines both in a final experiment. The course will be structured in the Research Based Learning (RBL) format, with room for student initiatives.
- To be able to efficiently plan experiments related to molecular research in chemistry, biology and biochemistry.
- To understand and execute protein extraction, separation and analysis tools frequently used in a (bio)chemical and biological laboratory.
- To be able to accurately follow and develop scientific protocols and procedures.
- To be able to correctly use a lab notebook and do scientific reporting in the form of scientific reports.
- PRA1001 Research Methods or PRA1101 Introduction to Scientific Research I
- Lab manual.
- Useful additional literature: "Practical skills in Biomolecular sciences" by Reed, R., Holmes, D., Weyers, J., Jones, A. (Pearson).