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Title: Non‐stop lab week: a real laboratory experience for life sciences postgraduate courses
Author: Freitas, Maria João
Silva, Joana Vieira
Korrodi-Gregório, Luís
Fardilha, Margarida
Keywords: Pratical classes
Postgraduate students
Practical skills
Student-centered teaching
Issue Date: May-2016
Publisher: Wiley
Abstract: At the Portuguese universities, practical classes of life sciences are usually professor-centered 2-hour classes. This approach results in students underprepared for a real work environment in a research/clinical laboratory. To provide students with a real-life laboratory environment, the Non-Stop Lab Week (NSLW) was created in the Molecular Biomedicine master program at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. The unique feature of the NSLW is its intensity: during a 1-week period, students perform a subcloning and a protein expression project in an environment that mimics a real laboratory. Students work autonomously, and the progression of work depends on achieving the daily goals. Throughout the three curricular years, most students considered the intensity of the NSLW a very good experience and fundamental for their future. Moreover, after some experience in a real laboratory, students state that both the techniques and the environment created in the NSLW were similar to what they experience in their current work situation. The NSLW fulfills a gap in postgraduate students' learning, particularly in practical skills and scientific thinking. Furthermore, the NSLW experience provides skills to the students that are crucial to their future research area.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1002/bmb.20947
ISSN: 1470-8175
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