FDSC50050 Science Writg &Present. Skills

Academic Year 2021/2022

Writing and presenting are key skills outlines in the IUA PhD skills statement for not only doing a PhD but also continuing in your career be it academic or working in the public or private sectors. This module focuses on the elements of essay and thesis construction needed to produce an effective academic work giving consideration to citation styles, analytical frameworks and research integrity. A workshop on presentation skills gives researchers a framework for giving an effective presentation to a scientific or non-scientific audience.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Science Writing and Presenting Skills has 5 learning outcomes:

1. Understand what constitutes a coherent, structured academic writing;

2. Incorporate drafting and editing practices into the writing process and understand the value of these skills;

3. Present a convincing and valid piece of academic writing;

4. Develop a 3-minute presentation on your research using the guidance for a good scientific presentation;

5. Appreciate the importance of Research Integrity and plan own training.

Indicative Module Content:

The scientific publication process; good scientific writing principles; getting published and making an impact; when to publish and when to patent; writing a research proposal; writing your thesis; ethics and publication; communicating with non-scientific audiences; writing a press release; communicating with Stakeholders, an oral presentation masterclass

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Writing workshop, feedback, iterations,
talks with slides
presentation skills workshop
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
Assignment: A writing assignment Unspecified n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

After the module delivery there will be a pass/fail assignment and individual feedback on this assignment will be given

Name Role
Dr Audrey McNamara Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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