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C14705 Research Presentation Skills
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Compulsory for students taking MSci Biology, Genetics, Human Genetics and Zoology.

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Registered for a degree within the School of Biology. Only available to Year 4 students.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  An introduction to the presentation skills required in a modern scientific career. A series of lectures will provide background ideas about best practice in oral, written and internet-based research communication. Regular tutorials will require students to present and discuss with peers recent key papers in their broad field of study, and also to produce a written summary of a paper for a lay audience. In workshops, students will be asked to prepare a webpage and a poster using appropriate software.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 8 weeks1 per week2 hours
Workshop 3 weeks1 per week4 hours
Lecture 22 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 30 Scientific blog. Three pieces (10% each) on a new paper, area of controversy and research project description. 
Assignment 20 750 word written assignment associated with workshops 
Coursework 2 30 Poster - (based on research project) 
Presentation 1 20 To be delivered in workshops 

Dr T Reader

Education Aims:  The module aims to provide students with a range of presentation and IT skills that are essential for modern biological researchers. The lecture content will provide a conceptual framework, while tutorials and workshops will deliver the hands-on experience required to develop appropriate practical skills.

Learning Outcomes:  Students will develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of current developments in their chosen fields, including: A5. Genetics and evolution of living organisms A6. Cell and molecular biology A7. Organism structure and physiology A8. Organism behaviour A9. Interaction of organisms and their environment By reading, digesting, summarising in writing and talking about recently published scientific papers, students will learn to: B1. Critically analyse and interpret published information and data B3. Understand complex ideas and relate them to specific problems or questions B4. Acquire substantial quantities of information systematically, process it effectively, and draw appropriate conclusions Workshops and coursework tasks will develop studentsí abilities to: C2. Write and construct scientific documents using appropriate styles, conventions, and terminology D1. Communicate effectively in writing D2. Communicate effectively in oral presentation D3. Organise and manage their working time, schedule tasks, and meet deadlines D4. Use and access information and communication technology D5. Reflect on and assess their own progress, strengths and weaknesses D7. Work productively with others

Offering School:  Life Sciences

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