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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY2100 Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists

10 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Dr Yoselin Benitez Alfonso

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19


BLGY1303Tutorials for Biology and Genetics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The aims of the module are to continue to develop academic skills building on knowledge and experience from BLGY1303. In this module you will cover
- Use of library databases and reference management software.
- Effective oral presentations.
- Scientific writing and understanding scientific papers.
- Writing a literature review
- Writing an abstract for a paper
- Writing essays under timed conditions
- Writing a CV and job application and undergoing a mock interview

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will have developed a range of transferable skills that they will apply to their future careers. These will include:
- written and spoken communication skills;
- enhanced research and library skills through finding information and analysing it for discussion, presentation and writing exercises
-analyse scientific data
- learn how to present oneself positively through a well written CV and during interview.

Skills outcomes
During the course of the module you will learn to research information, analyse it and present it in various formats for example as a literature review, abstract or an oral presentation using appropriate visual aids. You will also be given exercises in data analysis and/or experimental design. However these skills are also of value to future employers as most graduate jobs whether in biology or more broadly require the ability to research, analyse and present information in a variety of formats. You will have an opportunity to prepare a CV and job application and undertake a mock interview and obtain feedback.


1. Use of library databases and reference management software.
2. Effective oral presentations.
3. Scientific writing and understanding scientific papers.
4. Effective job applications
5. How to prepare your project.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

86 h preparation and completion of formative tutorial activities and summative assessed coursework.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Tutors record attendance and feedback on tutorial assignments is given in the tutorial.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationOral presentation25.00
Literature Review1 x 2,000 words Literature review25.00
Written WorkPaper abstract25.00
Source AnalysisExperimental design/data analysis25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/04/2018


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