Unit 13: Scientific Techniques for Health Science
Unit type: Internal
Guided learning hours: 60
Unit in brief
Learners will study a range of laboratory skills, including analysis of samples and microscope use to understand changes in cell features and aseptic prevention of cross-contamination.
For anyone looking to work in health science, understanding and being able to use science and laboratory techniques rigorously is an essential skill. Basic skills such as avoiding cross-contamination must be fully understood.
In this unit, you will observe and carry out a range of laboratory techniques. These will include laboratory analysis, using microscopes and aseptic techniques. This practical work will give you a chance to experience practical investigations and develop an understanding of how such laboratories function using laboratory processes and techniques. This is a practical unit and it will help you develop your practical skills. You will learn how laboratories work and their role in supporting the diagnosis and treatment of conditions referred to a laboratory for analysis.
If you are interested in a career in health science, this unit will be a useful introduction. It will help prepare you for a career in nursing and associated fields. Alternatively, it could help prepare you for working in a health-related laboratory in areas such as serology, haematology, biochemistry, histology and even in forensic sciences.
In this unit you will:
A Understand how a health-related laboratory deals with samples sent for analysis
B Carry out investigations using techniques similar to those in a health-related laboratory
C Carry out investigations using light microscopes similar to those in a health-related laboratory.