20 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: A-Level Biology or Equivalent Scientific Qualification

Aims/Description: This module will provide training in fundamental generic skills necessary to pursue a research career in whole organism biology. Skills will involve learning and applying various forms of communication (both written and oral) to different audiences (professional and general public) and advanced science writing (e.g. journal publications and grant applications). Career development training will be provided by focusing on CV development and interview techniques. Teaching will be through workshops, lectures, tutorials, and student-centred learning.

Staff Contact: Professor Jon Slate
Teaching Methods: The majority of the teaching will be in the form of workshops, each of which will focus on a specific aspect of the module, demonstrating the necessary skills and then requiring students to use those new skills. The workshops will be of both a practical and theoretical nature. Workshops will cover; understanding how the peer review process works, understanding how research is funded, writing grant proposals, scientific writing and presenting research to the media/general public. Students will also attend a series of research seminars and associated tutorials on which they will base their writing.
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Animal and Plant Sciences):

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