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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2016 - 2017

Module Title Scientific Literature
Module Code BE257
School School of Biotechnology

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Anne Parle-McDermottOffice NumberX227
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

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
Lecture2No Description
Seminars12No 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
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

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