SSERC are deliveringa 3-day coursetoexploreinnovativepractical activitiesand investigationsthatsupports the delivery ofAdvanced Higher Biology.This course is particularly suited to practitioners who are new to delivering the AH Biology course in school. 

 By the end of this course, you should be able to:  

  • Carry out a range of experiments that utilise many of the Laboratory Techniques for Biologists, as outlined in the course specification, e.g. using a centrifuge, haemocytometer, colorimeter, microsyringes and microbiological equipment. 
  • Investigate the use of a haemocytometer to determine cell counts.  
  • Explore enzyme activity (including inhibition) using a colorimetric assay and gas sensor technology.  
  • Deepen student understanding of protein molecules by exploring protein structure using RasMol.  
  • Use titrations to construct a standard curve and determine the concentration of an unknown.  
  • Carry out complex microbiological techniques that are applicable to the AH Biology course with appropriate risk awareness and safety precautions.  
  • Understand the value of R as a statistical package and how to use this across a range of different investigations. 
  • Explore a range of ecology investigations with a visiting ecologist. 

We arenowableto offerthis as a3-day course at SSERC (25th-27thOctober 2022). It should be noted that this isnota residential course; however, for delegates who live more than 50 miles (or 90 minutes on public transport) from SSERC headquarters, overnight accommodation will be provided. 

Places are limited so early applications are advised.  Lunchandrefreshments areincluded in the course fee. 

Funding 

Applications are welcome from teachers from all schools and FE colleges. Applicants from Local Authority-funded schools and FE colleges will be entitled to receive an ENTHUSE Bursary (administered through the National STEM Learning Centre) upon completion of the course. 

Course Dates: 25-27 October 2022
Closing Date: 2 September 2022

 

Course Leader

Annie McRobbie
01383 626070
annie.mcrobbie@sserc.scot

Cost

£600.00. ENTHUSE bursary of £480.00

Course Aims 

This course aims to support the delivery of Advanced Higher Biology with practical, hands-on experiments. 

 

Course Outcomes 

By the end of this course, you should be able to:  

  • Carry out a range of experiments that utilise many of the Laboratory Techniques for Biologists, as outlined in the course specification, e.g. using a centrifuge, haemocytometer, colorimeter, microsyringes and microbiological equipment 
  • Investigate the use of a haemocytometer to determine cell counts.  
  • Explore enzyme activity (including inhibition) using a colorimetric assay and gas sensor technology.  
  • Deepen student understanding of protein molecules by exploring protein structure using RasMol.  
  • Use titrations to construct a standard curve and determine the concentration of an unknown.  
  • Carry out complex microbiological techniques that are applicable to the AH Biology course with appropriate risk awareness and safety precautions.  
  • Understand the value of R as a statistical package and how to use this across a range of different investigations. 
  • Explore a range of ecology investigations with a visiting ecologist. 

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.