BIOL50040 Research Seminar Series

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module aims to improve scientific communication skills through attendance/observation of weekly research seminars held in the School of Biology and Environmental Science (SBES) over the course of one trimester. Seminars are given by speakers from a range of Irish and international universities, as well as from various UCD schools including SBES. Students will also attend/observe and contribute to a series of seminars given by the SBES postgraduate community. This module will therefore enhance the student’s ability to comprehend the latest scientific advances and improve capability to effectively communicate their own research.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The seminar series provides PhD students with opportunities to improve their scientific communication skills and deepen their knowledge within their own particular research field. In addition, the range of topics covered during the series maintains and enhances their breadth of knowledge across the Biological and Environmental Sciences. At the end of this module students should therefore be able to:
(1) produce a high quality oral presentation explaining their research topic to an audience of their peers, (2) comprehend and understand cutting-edge research seminars over a range of biological and environmental topics, (3) write an extensive and accurate review essay of a scientific research topic selected from a chosen seminar.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; critical writing; student presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Seminar: Attend seminars Unspecified n/a Graded No


Assignment: Student research seminar presentation in Semester 2 Unspecified n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay on research topic from a chosen seminar in Semester 1 Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
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
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Written feedback will be provided on the coursework essay after grading. Verbal and written feedback will also be provided on the oral presentation, once the student has provided their own self-assessment of their recorded presentation.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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