Total Credits: 20
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Compulsory for students taking MSci Biology, Genetics, Human Genetics and Zoology.
|Full Year||Assessed by end of Spring Semester|
Prerequisites: Registered for a degree within the School of Biology. Only available to Year 4 students.
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:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||8 weeks||1 per week||2 hours|
|Workshop||3 weeks||1 per week||4 hours|
|Lecture||22 weeks||1 per week||2 hours|
Method of Assessment:
|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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