Learning Skills for Science

Module summary

Module code: RESE1136
Level: 0
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Michael Mcgibbon


Pre and co requisites



• To equip students with the learning skills necessary to enable them to flourish on a higher education programme of study.
• To develop students’ confidence to present a reasoned scientific argument.
• To introduce students to scientific writing, referencing and data evaluation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Demonstrate effective presentation of scientific data
2 Source and cite scientific literature in written work
3 Write a in a concise and scientific style
4 Reflect on development of personal, learning and professional skills

Indicative content

Introductory session – setting expectations of learning in Higher Education, the importance of independence, using Moodle, using e-mail appropriately, introduction to PDP.
Effective note taking and active listening in class.
Effective writing 1 – plagiarism and how to avoid it, including proper referencing and use of the Harvard system.
Effective writing 2 – classic errors of writing style.
Effective writing 3 – planning, organising and structuring your essay or report.
Using Endnote Web to improve your productivity as a learner.
Basics of presenting data in tables and graphs.
Understanding assessment and the nature of feedback – what lecturers expect, how lecturers assess, formats of feedback, how to speak to your lecturer about feedback.
Making effective presentations using PowerPoint. Designing and constructing a scientific poster.
The importance of ethics in scientific work. Coping with examination worries through good preparation and technique.

Teaching and learning activity

The indicative content will be delivered through a mixture of lectures and in-class workshop activity with emphasis on student-centred learning that will be guided by appropriate formative assessments. Lectures/Tutorials (60%) and workshops (40%).


Poster Presentation - 50%
LO - 1, 2, 3.
Pass mark - 40%
Poster based on a scientific topic chosen by individual student, based on their scientific interests.

Portfolio - 50%
LO - 4.
Pass mark - 40%
2500 words.
Personal Development Profile (PDP), comprising personal reflections on development of personal and subject based skills and the Greenwich Graduate Attributes.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
In-class discussions and tutorials based on module material, preparing posters and drafting essays.