COMM06053 2013 COMMUNICATIONS IN SCIENCE

General Details

Full Title
COMMUNICATIONS IN SCIENCE
Transcript Title
COMMUNICATIONS
Code
COMM06053
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
COMM - Communication
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Author(s)
Billy Fitzgerald, Cait Coyle
Programme Membership
SG_SENER_B07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Energy, Sustainability SG_SAGRI_G06 000000 Higher Certificate in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science
Description

The module aims to provide students with fundamental skills with respect to communicating scientific information during their academic studies and in the workplace. The importance of the effective communication of scientific information by written, oral and visual means will be emphasised.

Students will be required to source, review and summarise peer reviewed scientific literature.

The preparation of scientific reports will encompass the organisation, interpretation and presentation (written) of scientific data in structured format.

Students will be required to work as a team in order to conduct research on a topical environmental issue for an oral and poster presentation.

The role and importance of teamwork will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

1.

Demonstrate good communication skills with respect to scientific principles and technical information.

2.

Recognise the importance of peer reviewed scientific literature.

3.

Recognise what constitutes plagiarism.

4.

Prepare a literature review, write a reference list and reference material within the text.

5.

Collect, categorise and evaluate scientific information on a selected environmental topic.

6.

Examine and interpret experimental data and present it in graphical and tabular formats.

7.

Produce a scientific report, based on environmental data, using a standard report writing format.

8.

Review scientific papers and report the key information by means of an abstract.

9.

Prepare and present an oral and visual presentation on a selected environmental topic.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

 

  • Peer reviewed scientific information.
  • Citing and referencing.
  • Source and critically appraise literature on a scientific topic for the preparation of an abstract.
  • Preparation of a literature review.
  • Collection, analysis and interpretation of scientific data for the preparation of a scientific report, which is: logical and structured; objective and evidence-based; concise and precise.
  • Oral communication skills.
  • Visual communication skills.
  • Essay writing skills.
  • Teamwork skills, including the ability to organise, plan, collect and present information on a scientific topic.

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Abstract(s) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % UNKNOWN 1,2,3,8
2 Literature Review Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % UNKNOWN 1,2,3,4
3 Scientific Report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % UNKNOWN 1,5,6,7
4 Oral Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % UNKNOWN 1,5,9
5 Poster Presentation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % UNKNOWN 1,5,9
6 Other written assessments Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % UNKNOWN 1

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture (Theory) 1 Weekly 1.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Group Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Computer Laboratory Practical 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Alley, M. (1996)  The Craft of Scientific Writing.  Springer-Verlag.

Van Emden, J. (2001) Effective Communication for Science and Technology.  Palgrave.

Cottrell, S. 2008. Study Skills Handbook. Third Edition. Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Other Resources

Lecture theatre, computer laboratory and flat classroom.

Additional Information

None