BIO06031 2016 Scientific Communication
Through team problem based project work, this module adresses written and spoken communication of scientific information and emphasises personal and professional development skills for students including self awareness, interpersonal skills, interview skills, organisation and project management skills.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate interpersonal skills in perception, listening, questioning, assertiveness, and non-verbal communication.
Demonstrate effective collaboration in teamwork
Display good communication and presentation skills particularly for scientific concepts and ideas
Paraphrase and summarise written scientific information, reference sources and write a bibliography
Use appropriate software to format, structure and publish short scientific reports according to established conventions.
Establish thier individual role and responsibilities as members of a scientifi profession
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Students will be directed to read relevant scientific papers as appropriate to their chosen subject area. The module will be offered fully on-line.
This module is taught by lectures supported by self-directed reading material, and assignments. A range of Computer-Aided Learning (CAL) packages are also used to support this module. Students are provided with electronic materials for self-assessment and preparation for examinations. Self-directed, student-centred, independent learning is also encouraged through completion of module coursework.
Lectures/Tutorials will guide students on selection of a Project topic, CV and interview preparation, accessing current science publications, planning a project and writing a literature review. Students will be expected to interact with the lecturer via online discussion, mail and chat tools within Moodle and Adobe connect. This provide students with the tools and experience to deliver presentations and partake in interviews online.
Module Assessment Strategies
Assessment will be on a continous basis as learning outcomes can only be achieved through
active participation in problem based individual and team assignments. Assessment will
comprise of 2 main elements which have been broken down into smaller more managable
assignments following a logical progression to final deliverables.
· Professional portfolio and job interview
Professional Portfolio:CV, cover letter, records of achievements, personal statement,
Reflections on Teamwork and leadership opportunities.
· Written Project Plan
· Verbal Project Updates
· Written technical project report.
· Mock Interview
· Delivery of Team Project output: Written technical team report.
The Interactive Communication Process; Listening and Non-verbal Communication,
Professional practice in the Scientific and Academic Communities (incl plagiarism) ; Cross cultural communication (Science vs Law); Teams, group work and Problem Solving; Oral Presentation skills; Visual Communication and Data Representation; Writing Skills and Referencing.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Team Oral Presentation||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||15 %||End of Semester||1,3,4,5|
|2||Team Oral Presentation||Continuous Assessment||Interview||15 %||Week 6||1,3,6|
|3||Logbook/Portfolio||Continuous Assessment||Performance Evaluation||40 %||OnGoing||1,3,4,5,6|
|4||Short Scientific Report||Project||Assignment||30 %||Start of Semester||2,3,4,5|
Part Time Mode Workload
|Lecture||Distance Learning Suite||Lecture/Tutorial||2||Weekly||2.00|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Self Study||9||Weekly||9.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
2003 The Craft of Scientific Pubilications: critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid Springer
2003 The Chicago guide to communicating science University of Chicago Press
Science Communication Course pack which will include selected readings and data from core