General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
COMM - Communication
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Victoria Stevens
Programme Membership
SG_SFORE_G07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Invest & Analys(Emb) SG_SFORE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Forensic Science and Analysis SG_SFORE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SANAL_G06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Analytical Science

This module aims to develop the learner's written and oral communications skills to effectively encode a technical message to a technical and non-technical audience.

Learning Outcomes

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


Deliver effective oral presentations on Scientific topics.


Visually Represent Scientific Data in a manner that facilitates ease of communication.


Paraphrase and Summarise written scientific information, reference sources and write a bibliography.


Use appropriate software to format, structure and publish short scientific report according to established conventions.


Assess own communications skills and develop a personal development plan.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full time.   This will include lectures in a blended learning environment, augmented by experience and reflection, and independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle may be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). Teamwork / Group Activities/ Group Discussions are a feature of the module.  This practical module requires a 75% minimum attendance.



Module Assessment Strategies

Module will be assessed by Continuous assessment (100%)


1. Written Assessment (30%)

Individual mark: Present a series of short written pieces (essays; lab reports)


2. Group Presentation (30%)

In small groups (2 or 3 people per group) deliver a presentation.  Individual Mark for Delivery Skills and Group Mark awarded for Slides content & structure.


3. Personal Learning Journal

  1. Demonstrate effective reflective learning skills
  2. Learners will be encouraged to read and reflect on current issues that relate to their course and to a scientist., and to be involved in group discussions that may be facilitated by the students themselves.
  3. Learners will be encouraged to demonstrate knowledge about communications models and key communications skills that relate to presenting and writing information to a technical and non-technical audience.
  4. Short quizzes such as multiple choice questions(MCQ) or short answer questions may be a feature of the learning journal..


Repeat Assessments

Students must repeat attend, if attendance requirement not met.

If students have met the attendance requirement and still have not achieved a Pass mark (40%), they can complete a repeat assessment.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Presenting Skills

Professional Delivery Skills;

Explaining, Informing, Demonstrating

Visual Communication and Data Representation; 


Literacy Skills

Laboratory report - (Pre-reading.  Setting up Lines of Enquiry.  Seeking information to complete gaps in knowledge.  Develop Discussions.)  

Technical report.

Visual literacy.

Referencing (Paraphrasing, Summarising, Quoting).

Produce meaningful, clear and concise sentences and paragraphs.

Scientific values demonstrated in the written word.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Individual in class communication tasks Formative Assessment - % OnGoing 1,2,5
2 Communications portfolio/journal /workshop Continuous Assessment Individual Project 40 % OnGoing 5
3 Short written pieces (essays, lab report components) Continuous Assessment Individual Project 30 % OnGoing 2,3,4
4 Presentation - Slides & Delivery Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 30 % Week 13 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Problem Based Learning Room Practical workshops max 16 students per group 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Study 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended Reading

Glasman-Deal, H. (2010)  Science Research Writing – For Non-Native Speakers of English, Imperial College Press, London

Langford, A. (2019) Practical skills in forensic science. Pearson Education

Lobban, C.S. & Schefter, M. (2002) Successful Lab Reports: A Manual for Science Students, Cambridge University Press. 

Matthews, J. R. and Matthews, R. W. (2014) Successful scientific writing : a step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. Cambridge University Press



Supplementary Reading

Nelson-Jones, R.  (2004), Effective thinking skills : preventing and managing personal problems, Sage Publications, London

Summers, J. (2004) Communication skills handbook : how to succeed in written and oral communication, Wiley & Sons, Australia


Journal Resources

See Moodle learning environment

URL Resources

See Moodle learning environment

Other Resources


Additional Information