BIO06031 2016 Scientific Communication

General Details

Full Title
Scientific Communication
Transcript Title
Scientific Communication
100 %
Subject Area
BIO - Bio Tech/Eng/Chem
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
Stephen Daly

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture/Tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 9 Weekly 9.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2003 The Craft of Scientific Pubilications: critical steps to succeed and critical errors to avoid Springer

Recommended Reading
2003 The Chicago guide to communicating science University of Chicago Press

Module Resources

URL Resources


Other Resources

Science Communication Course pack which will include selected readings and data from core
course texts.

Additional Information