Key Skills in Medical Science
Key Skills in Medical Science 2023-24
School Of Medical And Health Sciences
Module - Semester 1 & 2
Bethan Davies Jones
A series of lectures and workshops will be delivered by module staff and invited speakers on areas relevant to core skills. These will include writing styles for science, literature searching, referencing and avoiding plagiarism, basic statistics, presenting scientific data, accessing and using specialist packages, bioinformatics, making the most of MS Office, career path planning and professionalism.
EXCELLENT - Category A (70%-100%): An excellent student will demonstrate a wider understanding of the implications of the question beyond the obvious, a good grasp of the latest developments in the subject area, and develop critical thinking skills. Communication will be fluent and articulate, with an ability to engage the audience. References/sources will be highly appropriate, scientific, well evaluated and extensively researched. The student will also be able to demonstrate an ability to reflect, analyse and discuss their personal and academic strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. Evidence of in-depth critical thinking and wider reading is important for grades of A+ and above.
GOOD - Category B (60%-69%): A good student will produce a well-structured cogent argument demonstrating a good understanding of the information requested and knowledge of the subject matter. Communication will be coherent and matched to the intended audience. References/sources will be appropriate, scientific and evaluated well. The student should demonstrate an ability to reflect, analyse and discuss their personal and academic strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
ANOTHER LEVEL - Category C (50%-59%): A student achieving C level grades will demonstrate a reasonable understanding of the information requested and some knowledge of the subject matter though with some lapses in detail and accuracy of ideas. A reasonable attempt to communicate ideas will be made, with some evidence of consideration of the intended audience. References/sources will be appropriate though may be limited. The student should demonstrate basic abilities to reflect, analyse and discuss their personal and academic strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
THRESHOLD Category D (40%-49%): A threshold student will demonstrate a basic ability to answer questions with relevant information, with some organisation of thoughts and understanding of the subject matter. Communication may have some misunderstandings evident but will show a basic understanding of the principles. References will be used but may be limited or may rely on less appropriate sources. The student struggles to relate personal and academic strengths to a wider context.
- Apply figures, tables and graphical techniques to describe scientific concepts/results.
- Critique and provide feedback on your/other's work
- Demonstrate an ability to write a scientific essay, including accurate referencing
- Demonstrate the ability to effectively research the relevant literature, to understand the structure of scientific publications and to reference materials correctly.
- Demonstrate your ability to work with others.
- Develop personal development skills relating to time management, prioritisation of work, organisation and managing deadlines.
Genes in Disease - This assessment will be associated with the bioinformatics sessions in semester 2.
Students will produce an info sheet to communicate scientific research to the lay audience. These visual representations of knowledge and information are designed to make complex ideas and large amounts of data easy to understand. This will be a group project with students receiving individual grades based upon their contribution to the final design.
Logbook Or Portfolio
A portfolio of evidence that demonstrates key research and study skills, including evidence of finding, reading and understanding academic journal articles, referencing and critical reflection on academic skills and practice.