A Biochemical Society and Physiological Society funded workshop, hosted by Dr Graham Christie and Dr Gerhard May at the University of Dundee, Thursday 9 January 2014.
Teaching life science undergraduate students laboratory skills which adequately prepare them for employment in academic and non-academic roles has come under pressure due to increasing student numbers and simultaneously dwindling resources. Academics have to teach and assess larger classes with fewer members of staff. The key opportunity for students to practice skills they have learned during their early years, and to gain further experience in life science research, remains the honours project, but increasing student numbers make it more and more difficult to provide all students with appropriate project opportunities.
This workshop aims to address and discuss the following questions: How can we give students confidence in their own laboratory skills and techniques, so that they can successfully make the transition to either research in an academic environment, or have the skills required by other employers? What are the skills ‘industry’ is actually looking for, and how can we teach them? How can we provide sufficient numbers of quality honours projects to our final year students? What other project options exist beside the traditional ‘wet’ lab-based research project? Importantly, how can we ensure that these alternative projects and their assessment are comparable to the traditional form?
This one-day workshop is open to anyone who is involved in undergraduate teaching. It will be an opportunity to share good practice in the key areas outlined above. The day will consist of separate sessions to include keynote speakers (to be announced), short presentations and time to discuss these themes and network with attendees.
To register for this workshop please send your contact details via email to Dr Graham Christie (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please also indicate if you would like to deliver a short oral presentation to showcase good practice in either delivery and assessment of undergraduate lab-based practical classes and/or final year projects.