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Science in Action - Level 5

Programme Title:  Science in Action

SCQF Level:  5

Qualification Description: Two SQA units at level 5

  • Working with Microorganisms
  • Forensic Science Applications

Start Date: June 2014                                End Date: May 2015

Day/Time: on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 4pm

Course Outline/Description:

Introductory programmes in Microbiology and Forensic Science with an emphasis on practical skills and techniques.

Working with Microorganisms

 This unit will allow candidates  to develop knowledge, understanding and practical skills in the microbiological techniques of plate pouring, sub culturing micro-organisms, sampling the environment, separating a mixed culture, staining and microscopy.

Forensic Science Applications

 Candidates will be introduced to fundamental techniques of forensic science allowing them to develop skills in biology, chemistry and physics in this contemporary context. The Unit also enables candidates to develop basic research and information handling skills.

Background theory to support the practical elements will also be covered.

Progression routes in science and scientific careers will also be discussed.

Semester 1 - Units to be completed:

Working with Microorganisms  D093 11

Semester 2 - Units to be completed:

Forensic Science Applications  F823 11

Assessment Method for each of the Listed Units for this programme:

Working with Microorganisms 

  • Candidates are required to demonstrate competence in carrying out a variety of microbiological techniques and keep a laboratory note book.
  • Short closed book Multiple choice assessment


Forensic Science Applications 

  • Closed book multiple choice assessment
  • Open book report or poster on a selected Case Study


Describe how the pupils will be encouraged to develop Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work:

 Both these units are examples of the appliance of science and the Forensic science unit in particular demonstrates a contemporary science.

Practical skills in science will be developed and candidates will gain confidence in working within laboratory situations. In group practical they will gain skills necessary for working together successfully such as oral communication, respect for others and their ideas.

In keeping a day to day laboratory notebook written communication skills will be developed in addition experience in how to present  results and make conclusions. In the forensic unit the case study will also develop their communication skills in report writing. IT skills will also be developed through word processing and internet searches etc.

Both these units will be delivered in a contextualised manner to relate to everyday life , health and employability.

If there are opportunities within this programme to progress, please describe them below:

This Course or its Units may provide candidates with opportunities to progress to: Along with other relevant qualifications can help provide access to higher level of programmes in Science in school or college.