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Archived Version 2009 - 2010

Module Title Scientific Literature
Module Code BE257
School School of Biotechnology

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Anne Parle-McDermottOffice NumberX227
Level 2 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
  • 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
The student will learn how to conduct a scientific literature search, how to structure and reference scientific writing and how to verbally communicate scientific information.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 2
Seminars 12
Independent Learning Time 61

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

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

Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
Programme or List of Programmes
GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology