BIOC40230 Biochemistry Career Skills

Academic Year 2021/2022

The aim of this career development module is equip you with the skills you will require to pursue a career in biochemical and biomedical science. It is therefore especially relevant if you intend to study for an MSc or for a Ph.D. The module focuses on giving the skills required to publish your research either as a scientific publication or as a poster at a scientific meeting. Researchers have to apply for funding for their research and in some cases for their own salaries. Therefore we hope to give you the skills required to apply for research funding. Researchers also need to protect any research results which have commercial potential and so you will be introduced to the procedures required for obtaining patents. Scientists are required to conform to a high standard of ethics in their work and you will be made aware of these requirements especially with regard to scientific publications.

Areas dealt with module include CV and cover letter production, project presentations, scientific paper writing, small grant writing, Ethics in Science, IP and Innovation, Data Manipulations, graphics, oral exams etc.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to:-
Have gained experience in giving talks, taking oral exams, producing CVs, having interviews and applying for research positions.
Write a small grant proposal
Prepare a scientific publication
Prepare figures for publication
Prepare a poster for presentation at a scientific meeting.
Know how to protect IP
Be aware of ethical standards in scientific publishing

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Conversation Class




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Problem-based learning and case-based learning will be used throughout the module. Creative writing skills will also be improved due to activities in this module. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Attend presentations given by UCD Career Development Office
Prepare your CV

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HUM20010 - Career Readiness for Arts, HUM20030 - Career Readiness (Humanities)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Various reports, preparations and assignments Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: CV, Cover Letter, Grant Writting Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

This is a continuous assessment module. Students will have ample opportunity to discuss their work with the PIs involved in this module. Several examples and activities related to assessments are discussed throughout the module.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Gerard Cagney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Edel Caraway Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Antonio Garzon Vico Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Patricia Maguire Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Jan Rosier Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 Thurs 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 9, 11 Thurs 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 11 Tues 10:00 - 10:50