10 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module is designed to prepare first year undergraduate students for an interdisciplinary research- and evidence-based programme by providing them with a comprehensive toolkit of knowledge and skills in: information access, information literacy, electronic library skills, evaluating information sources and quality of evidence, and conveying information to different audiences. Content will be based in areas of human communication and communication disorders. Elements of scientific structure and procedure will also be taught, such as basic study design, methods in human communication sciences and research ethics. Students will also be provided with information on referencing and plagiarism. A conference at the end of the module will allow students to showcase some of their coursework.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: The 1000 word essay and 1000 word poster and presentation will be based on students' ability to access and understand a small body of published scientific work on an area of human communication sciences. Specifically, it will focus on a health, education or social care aspect of speech, language or literacy disorder. The two pieces of work will contrast preparation of materials for a lay audience versus an academic audience [L1-L5].Coursework: Students will read scientific papers and an area of human communication sciences will be assigned as the basis for this assignment. Students will prepare a 1000 word lay summary of the topic for general audience using reputable websites (e.g. NHS, Mayo Clinic) as models. The topic area will centre on a recent set of published work on a particular communication disorder [L1-L5 with a focus on 5].Group poster/presentation: A research project proposal in the form of a scientific poster of 1000 words with presentation. The poster will be based on students' reading of scientific papers [L1], and jointly presented in seminars by small groups of students. in seminars, all students will have one hour to present their posters. Posters will be designed for a scientific audience [L1, L2, L4]. Groups will display posters in a two-hour seminar, presenting their poster for one hour - as in a mini student conference. Posters will be marked as coursework for the content with a component mark awarded [L1-L5, primarily focusing on L3 & 5].

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