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 course a student will be able to:

1 Demonstrate effective presentation of scientific data (assessed by scientific poster)
2 Source and cite scientific literature in written work (assessed by scientific poster)
3 Write a in a scientific style (assessed by scientific poster)
4 Reflect on development of personal, learning and professional skills (assessed by PDP)

Indicative content

Introductory session – including setting expectations of learning in Higher Education. The importance of independence, using Moodle, using e-mail, 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 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 lecturer expect, how lecturers assess, the variety of forms that feedback takes, how to speak to your lecturer about feedback
Making effective presentations using Power Point
The importance of ethics in scientific work
Presentations by students using Power Point
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 an emphasis on student-centred learning that will be guided by appropriate formative learning tasks. Lectures/Tutorials 60%. Workshops 40%.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: PDP
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment: 4
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 50%
Pass Mark: 40%
Word Length: 1,000 words
Outline Details:Personal Development Profile, consisting of a range of personal reflections on personal and subject based skills and knowledge development, and on development of Greenwich Graduate Attributes.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Scientific Poster.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,2,3,
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 50%
Pass Mark: 40%
Outline Details: Poster based on a scientific topic chosen by individual students, but based on their scientific interest areas.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Formative learning tasks are focused on the activities associated with the PDP and with in-class learning tasks associated with effective listening, writing/note taking; summarising; referencing.