This short lab-school provides the opportunity for laboratory-based practical work, helping to build confidence in practical science techniques including recording, interpreting and reporting data.
The module consists of practical work that you will carry out in laboratories and will build on learning outcomes from your study of other modules, particularly those from S294 and SXHL288. The laboratory work will focus on the acquisition of, and screening for, antibiotic resistance in bacterial populations.
Venue: The Open University Campus, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
Lab-school dates: This school is being presented:
Tuesday 23rd June 2020 to Thursday 25th June 2020
Tuition Fee: £235
Registration for SS022 can only be completed by telephone. Call +44 (0) 300 303 5303. Lines are open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm Saturdays. Registration opens 1st March 2020 and closes 12th June 2020. Places subject to availabilty. The module web site will open on 13th June 2020 with suggestions for optional pre-labschool study and discussion/support forums.
Travel and accommodation
You will need to book and pay for your own accommodation, travel and food associated with the lab-school. The tuition fee for the course and these additional costs cannot be covered with a part time tuition fee loan.
Kents Hill Park. http://www.kentshillpark.com/ (a short walk from the Open University campus) offers a discounted rate for OU students on SS022.
*Price correct as of January 2020, subject to change.
IMPORTANT You will need to book with Kents Hill Park direct (Tel no 01908 358040 and quote OU Laboratory Skills for Biology and Health, ref: 'open university' for 23rd June to ensure you get the discounted rate). A limited number of rooms have been held until 20th May 2020. Card details will need to be given when making your reservation in order to secure the accommodation, payment will be due on arrival. You can cancel your booking up to 2pm on the day of arrival.
If you book alternative accommodation please be aware of transportation requirements as the campus is several miles from the centre of Milton Keynes.
Experiments and techniques covered in the practical sessions
Working in small teams, you will gain 18 hours of ‘hands-on’ laboratory practice with several widely used molecular and microbiological techniques to investigate bacterial antibiotic resistance.
Techniques used include PCR, qPCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, bacterial plasmid transduction, micro-pipette handling, sterile working, serial dilution for bacterial enumeration and analysis of GFP expression. The laboratory protocols are designed to develop both good laboratory practice (GLP), good microbiological practice (GMP) and appropriate application of health and safety requirements in laboratory work.
You will perform 5 different activities:
Experiment 1: Selection of bacterial colonies using antibiotic resistance.
Experiment 2: Enumeration of bacterial inactivation
Experiment 3: Bacterial conjugation
Experiment 4: PCR amplification and agarose gel electrophoresis
Experiment 5: qPCR analysis of antibiotic resistance genes.
In addition to the hands-on laboratory work, you will also be developing your problem solving, numeracy, time-management, collaboration and communication skills.
There are no assignments for this practical school. However, in order to pass and for your attendance to be included in your academic transcript on StudentHome, you will need to meet the participation requirement of attending more than 80% of the school. Whilst at the school you will record data, analysis and interpretations in your lab manual and this will be reviewed and signed off by one of the tutors. You may then include this as evidence within your portfolio for employability purposes.
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