MSCI4098 Seminar Appraisal and Presentation Part 1

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Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Genetics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit focuses on professional scientific oral communication skills. One tutorial on 'how to present a seminar' is delivered at the beginning of semesters 1 and 2 to cater for the two intakes of honours students. Students attend all presentations in the seminar appraisal and presentation (SCB) seminar series. In the first two-thirds of their honours program, students attend interactive seminar appraisal sessions for four of these seminars, and present a critique to the group. Students then demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills in a formal presentation of their research at the end of their honours program. The main academic objectives are for students to gain the ability to recognise quality presentation styles and content, and develop skills in critical thinking and analysis. They also learn how to construct an oral presentation that is visually attractive and scientifically robust, and deliver the information in a lucid and logical manner.
Students are able to (1) critically evaluate oral presentatation styles and content, and recognise what makes a high quality seminar and (2) present scientific information in a confident, visually attractive, lucid and logical manner.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: continuing assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Yit Heng Chooi and Dr Nicole Smith
Unit rules
an undergraduate major in Chemistry, Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
a cognate discipline
Contact hours
seminar presentation tutorials: 1 hour; attendance at school seminars: 1–2 hours per week for approximately 30 weeks; four selected school seminars will be nominated as appraised seminars and attendance is compulsory (4 x 1 hour); appraisal sessions: 4 hours
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