COMM06054 2013 INTRODUCTION TO THIRD LEVEL - LEARNING TO LEARN
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.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate good communication skills with respect to scientific principles and technical information.
Recognise the importance of peer reviewed scientific literature.
Recognise what constitutes plagiarism.
Prepare a literature review, write a reference list and reference material within the text.
Collect, categorise and evaluate scientific information on a selected environmental topic.
Examine and interpret experimental data and present it in graphical and tabular formats.
Produce a scientific report, based on environmental data, using a standard report writing format.
Review scientific papers and report the key information by means of an abstract.
Prepare and present an oral and visual presentation on a selected environmental topic.
1. Learning to learn: Library resources, assessment mechanisms and feedback, self directed learning, career path planning, (link between study and chosen career) and time management.
2. Institute policies and procedures: As they relate to student learning and assessment and understand the national and international context in which the institute operates.
3. Student Services and Supports: Personal financial management, stress, physical and mental health, Work life balance.
4. Scientific Communications skills as follows:
· 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
|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||1,2,3,4,5|
|3||Scientific Report||Continuous Assessment||UNKNOWN||25 %||UNKNOWN||1,6,7|
|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||20 %||UNKNOWN||1|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Self Study||5||UNKNOWN||5.00|
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