Module Overview

Scientific Communication & Dissemination

The aim of this module is to provide the student with a broad understanding of the key components and methods of scientific research including critical evaluation, academic writing and dissemination. This module introduces the fundamental concepts of scientific communication providing oral and written communication training in the field of Biosciences and Health Lifesciences. Core skills will be developed that allow for science communication and dissemination for both peer and public audiences via a range of media.

Module Code

BIOL 2015

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change
  • Literature sources and literature searching (library catalogue, search engines, databases)
  • Critical evaluation of scientific literature - what does it mean and how to do it?
  • Research paper analysis/review to develop critical thinking and evaluation
  • Principles of scientific writing; paraphrasing; plagiarism; labelling
  • Referencing scientific and non-scientific resources
  • Referencing software skills
  • Scientific communication and effective presentation skills
  • Creation of oral, poster, and video presentations
  • Generation of science blogs, reflections, and newspaper articles

The module will consist of 24 direct contact hours through workshops in addition to self-directed learning hours. The workshops will form interactive group sessions focusing on: literature searching, research paper/review analysis, scientific writing, plagiarism and referencing, presentation and communication skills.

Students may also have an opportunity to engage with ‘Students Learning with Communities’.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100