BIOL5556 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
Participation in research group meetings, attendance at the School of Biological Sciences seminar series, and attendance at the School of Biological Sciences postgraduate seminar series are all compulsory elements of this unit. Students lead a discussion group following each seminar, which allows them to reflect on its general scientific value and on its effectiveness in communicating that science to a specialist audience. Students attend a formal workshop on the oral communication of science, which prepares them to present their own final seminar to the School of Biological Sciences based on their research practicum. Students also complete a workshop on communicating science to the general public and produce an article in the style of 'The Conversation' based on their own research dissertation.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate intellectual 'ownership' of the piece of research completed; (2) orally communicate research findings; (3) identify key findings and choose relevant information for communication to a broad audience; and (4) identify key findings and choose relevant information for communication.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final seminar; (2) conversation article; and (3) participation and leadership in seminars and research group meetings. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jan Hemmi and Dr Amanda Ridley
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biological Science (72520) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted
average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of levels 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course
Co-requisites:
BIOL5555 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Contact hours
seminar and discussion group: weekly; workshops: oral science communication and communicating science to the public
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