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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Scientific Literature
Module Code BE257
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Achilleas Floudas
Semester 2: Linda Holland
Autumn: Achilleas Floudas
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Paula Meleady
Denise Harold
Emma Finlay
Linda Holland
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

To introduce the student to the formats by which scientific knowledge is stored and the methods by which it can be retrieved. To introduce the conventions used in scientific writing. To explain plagiarism and to instil an appreciation of the ethical aspects of scientific writing. To develop the skills required for effectiuve oral presentation of scientific information

Learning Outcomes

1. Research and access literature databases
2. Structure and write an essay
3. Cite and reference a scientific essay appropriately
4. Present a seminar on a science related topic
5. Review a scientific topic and explain the content in a clear and concise manner

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture3No Description
Seminars11No Description
Assignment Completion1112 Essays and presentation
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

The formats of scientific literature, articles, reviews, reports, textbooks, data basesAccessing scientific knowledgeReferencing systems, plagiarismScientific literature search on

(i) a topic of broad scientific interest and

(ii) a topic of fundamental biological importance.Preparation of essays on each of (i) and (ii) above.

Powerpoint presentations

The oral presentation of scientific information to an audience

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Extended Essay / DissertationDraft135%Week 10
Extended Essay / DissertationDraft235%Week 25
PresentationTalk30%Week 21
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Programme or List of Programmes
    BTBSc in Biotechnology
    GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology
    Date of Last Revision11-JUN-10

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