ENTHUSE Bursary: Local Authority schools and colleges will be able to apply for an ENTHUSE bursary of £320 to help towards covering the course costs.
This course aims to support the delivery of Advanced Higher Biology with practical, hands-on experiments.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Design biological investigations and experiments for Laboratory Techniques for Biologists.
- Carry out complex experiments using a haemocytometer, colorimeter, chromatogram and gel electrophoresis apparatus, encouraging students to record systematic detailed observations and collect data.
- Investigate the use of a haemocytometer to determine cell counts.
- Explore enzyme activity (including inhibition) using a colorimetric assay of Dopa Oxidase.
- Deepen student understanding of protein molecules by exploring protein structure using RasMol, gel electrophoresis of proteins, simple immuno-assays and chromatogram of amino acids.
- Consider wider investigations that students could engage in, including determination of the vitamin C concentration of citrus fruits.
- Carry out complex microbiological techniques that are applicable to the AH Biology course with appropriate risk awareness and safety precautions.
- Explore current research in Scotland in the field of parasitology through guest speakers from research institutes.
Overnight accommodation will be offered to those delegates who have a sizeable distance to travel on the day before the course. This will be offered on a B&B rate.
The course will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. Our SSERC buildings are at 2 Pitreavie Court, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU. SSERC is a short (5-10 minutes) walk from Rosyth railway station and close to the end of the A823(M) spur off Junction 2 of the M90 motorway. Car journey times (approximately): Edinburgh – 30 min; Glasgow – 60 min; Aberdeen – 2.5 hours; Inverness – 3 hours.