Science Skills Tutorial
Run by School of Ocean Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Dr David Assinder
Overall aims and purpose
To foster early and regular contact between staff and their personal tutees thus underpinning the pastoral care system within the School
To introduce the students to the multi-disciplinary nature of marine science
To encourage students to read more widely around their chosen subject
To teach skills in essay writing and oral presentation
Teach basics of library usage and encourage this
This module is designed to introduce a range of skills required for a marine science degree and to encourage wider reading in marine science. It involves directed reading and the practice in oral and written presentations. Regular tutorials (7 to 10 students per group) will be held throughout the year during which essay writing skills, oral presentation skills and abstracting information from the scientific literature will be discussed. The module will be assessed by two essay assignments, two oral presentations, one abstract assignment and one referencing assignment.
Communicate ideas very effectively in both the essays and presentations, using high quality slides and self-drawn figures. Fully understand the ideas being communicated in both the essays and presentations. Able to abstract a scientific paper demonstrating full understanding of source material. Present high quality scientific data in the form of figures which are of a professional standard.
Communicate ideas effectively without deviation from the point both in the essays and presentations, using appropriate slides and self-drawn figures. Show a basic understanding of the underlying principals of the ideas being communicated in both the essays and presentations. Able to abstract a scientific paper demonstrating good understanding of the source material. Present adequate quality scientific data in the form of figures which are of a professional standard.
Communicate ideas using verbal and written skills. Able to abstract a scientific paper demonstrating a basic understanding of source material. Produce rudimentary scientific figures.
Use library facilities to undertake literature searches.
Write logical, well structured scientific essays drawing upon appropriate information from the scientific literature, using correctly formatted in-text citations and reference list.
Foster a scientific mindset and ability to present arguments in a coherent manner.
Be able to write abstracts of scientific papers and for scientific essays
Be able to give short oral presentations using appropriate visual aides within a given time limit.
|ESSAY||Essay Semester 1||15|
|INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION||Presentation Semester 1||15|
|CLASS TEST||Referencing Blackboard test||15|
|ESSAY||Essay Semester 2||20|
|INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION||Presentation Semester 2||20|
|Written assignment, including essay||Abstract assignment||15|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
4 x 1 hour tutorials to be held fortnightly in each semester and 1x 2 hour presentation session at the end of each semester.
Directed study for remaining time to best utilise student efforts
Introductory lectures to the module at the beginning of each semester.
Workshops dedicated to reading scientific papers, referencing, writing essays, interpreting feedback, writing scientific abstracts and giving scientific presentations.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C163: BSC Applied Marine Biology year 1 (BSC/AMB4)
- C166: BSc Applied Marine Biology (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/AMB4IE)
- CC13: BSC Marine Biology/Zoology year 1 (BSC/BMZ)
- 8B76: BSc Marine Biology and Zoology (with International Exp) year 1 (BSC/BMZIE)
- CC1P: BSc Marine Biology with Zoology with Placement Year year 1 (BSC/BMZP)
- F650: BSC Geological Oceanography year 1 (BSC/GEO)
- F62F: BSc Geological Oceanography year 1 (BSC/GEOF)
- 8S54: BSc Geological Oceanography (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/GEOIE)
- F842: BSc Marine Geography year 1 (BSC/MARG)
- C160: BSC Marine Biology year 1 (BSC/MB)
- C16F: BSc Marine Biology year 1 (BSC/MBF)
- C165: BSc Marine Biology (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/MBIE)
- CF17: BSC Marine Biology/Oceanography year 1 (BSC/MBO)
- F710: BSC Marine Environmental Studies year 1 (BSC/MES)
- F713: BSc Marine Environmental Stud with International Experience year 1 (BSC/MESIE)
- F79P: BSc Marine Environmental Studies year 1 (BSC/MESP)
- C351: BSC Marine Vertebrate Zoology year 1 (BSC/MVZ)
- 2F11: BSc Marine Vertebrate Zoology (with International Experience year 1 (BSC/MVZIE)
- F7F6: BSc Ocean and Geophysics year 1 (BSC/OGP)
- F700: BSC Ocean Science year 1 (BSC/OS)
- F840: BSc Physical Geography and Oceanography year 1 (BSC/PGO)
- 2W79: MMBiol Marine Biology (with International Experience) year 1 (MMBIOL/MBI)
- F652: MSci Geological Oceanography year 1 (MSCI/GO)
- C167: MSci Marine Biology year 1 (MSCI/MB)
- F712: MSci Marine Biology and Oceanography year 1 (MSCI/MBO)
- F71P: MSci Marine Biology and Oceanography with Placement Year year 1 (MSCI/MBOP)
- C169: MSci Marine Biology and Zoology year 1 (MSCI/MBZ)
- C168: MSci Marine Vertebrate Zoology year 1 (MSCI/MVZ)
- F734: MSci Physical Oceanography year 1 (MSCI/PO)