General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
Scientific Communications
N/A %
Subject Area
COMM - Communication
LIFE - Life Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Geraldine Duignan
Programme Membership
SG_SPHAR_J07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science SG_JSCIE_X06 201400 Certificate SG_SPHAR_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science

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;


Identify and Assess own skill set in relation to graduate opportunities.


Write a professional CV and cover letter.


Verbally express a comprehensive rationale for course and career choices.


Establish and demonstrate active pursuit of career goals.


Plan scope, time and resources required to complete an assigned team project.


Manage, report (verbally and in writing) and deliver on a scientific team project assignment.


Write a fully referenced technical report.

Demonstrate awareness of own responsibilities and individual contribution to successful teamwork.

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.

  1. Professional portfolio and job interview
  • Professional Portfolio:CV, cover letter, records of achievements, personal statement, Reflections on Teamwork and leadership opportunities. 
  • Mock Interview
  1. Delivery of Team Project output: Written technical team report.
  • Written Project Plan
  • Verbal Project Updates
  • Written technical project report. 


Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Communications for Teamwork, interviews and Verbal presentations.:

Personal Assessment;  Goals;  Career planning;  Skills assessment;  CV; 

Pharmaceutical Industry in Ireland;  Interview Skills - informational interviewing/ networking; stress managment

Effective Meetings;  Leadership; Listening, Assertiveness, Managing conflict;

Oral presentations and explaining skills.

Project Management and writing skills

Project management - setting goals and objectives, identifying stakeholders, scope, time, quality, resources, costs, people;  Work breakdown structure. Project Communication, 

Professional writing and referencing skills.

  • Sourcing, reading and referencing authoritative scientific information
  • Lab reports and data recording templates
  • Standard Operating procedures
  • Long report: Structure and format
  • Grammar and punctuation

Material used in meeting the learning outcomes will be aligned strongly to

1)      Student role in securing an industrial work placement

2)      Management of project work related to scientific modules

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Professional development portfolio/ learning journal Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,8
2 Presentation Project updates Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % OnGoing 6,8
3 Interview Mock Interview for work placment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 7 1,3,4
4 Group Project Written project plan Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 10 % Week 8 5,8
5 Group Project Written Technical Report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % End of Term 5,6,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Problem Based Learning Room Team Projects 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Reflection and Self Study 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing : Craft of Scientific Communication   ebrary Reader 
AuthorJoseph E. Harmon   Alan G. Gross   
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Original Publication Date: 04/2010

Scientific Papers and Presentations   ebrary Reader 
AuthorDavis, Martha   
PublisherAcademic Press
Original Publication Date: 09/2004 
SubjectsTechnical writing.   Communication of technical information.  

Science and the Media : Alternative Routes in Scientific Communication  ebrary Reader 
AuthorBucchi, Massimiano   
Original Publication Date: 08/1998

Brown, L. & Grundy,T.; Project Management for the Pharmaceutical Industry; Gower Publishing Ltd (2004).

Project Management : Best Practices - Achieving Global Excellence (2nd Edition)  ebrary Reader 
AuthorKerzner, Harold   
Original Publication Date: 02/2010

URL Resources
Other Resources

Science Communication Moodle site :  Course resources including Personal Assessment toolkit; CV templates, Interview tips, Referencing guidelines; Project management communication templates, Writing and referencing guidelines. 

Additional Information

16: 1 Student: Tutor Ratio for PBL delivery