COMM07024 2013 SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATIONS
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.
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.
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.
- Mock Interview
- Delivery of Team Project output: Written technical team report.
- Written Project Plan
- Verbal Project Updates
- Written technical project report.
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
|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
|Problem Based Learning||Problem Based Learning Room||Team Projects||4||Weekly||4.00|
|Independent Learning||UNKNOWN||Reflection and Self Study||2||Weekly||2.00|
Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing : Craft of Scientific Communication ebrary Reader
Author: Joseph E. Harmon Alan G. Gross
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Original Publication Date: 04/2010
Scientific Papers and Presentations ebrary Reader
Author: Davis, Martha
Publisher: Academic Press
Original Publication Date: 09/2004
Subjects: Technical writing. Communication of technical information.
Science and the Media : Alternative Routes in Scientific Communication ebrary Reader
Author: Bucchi, 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
Author: Kerzner, Harold
Original Publication Date: 02/2010
Science Communication Moodle site : Course resources including Personal Assessment toolkit; CV templates, Interview tips, Referencing guidelines; Project management communication templates, Writing and referencing guidelines.
16: 1 Student: Tutor Ratio for PBL delivery