Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research and Communication Skills for Chemists

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit consists of some lectures and tutorials that introduce students to the basics of writing, presentation and oral communication skills in chemistry. Students will be expected to write a review paper, prepare and present an oral presentation and analyse a short paper in chemistry and write an abstract.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to teach students the basics of communications skills in the discipline of Chemistry and avoid plagiarism.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

The learning outcomes for this study-unit are entirely skills based.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Review a topic of contemporary literature in chemistry;
- Write a research paper;
- Cite appropriately from the chemical literature using an electronic reference manager;
- Analyse a short paper in chemistry and write an appropriate abstract;
- Visually and orally communicate a topic of contemporary literature in chemistry to an audience;
- Interact with an audience in a professional manner.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Communicating Chemistry: RSC 1st Edition.

Other appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though the tutors will recommend books for students who would like to take their work in this area further.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Seminar and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM2 Yes 25%
Analysis Task SEM2 Yes 25%
Research Paper SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Liana Vella Zarb

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