Core Module Information
Module title: Scientific Communication and Data Handling

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS09113
Module leader: Peter Barlow
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to develop your scientific communication, data handling and interpretation skills and provide you with the key skills to undertake scientific investigations. There?will be a focus on locating appropriate scientific sources,?developing effective reading strategies, and developing?critical reading and writing skills. The difference?between being descriptive and critical, scientific and reflective writing styles, and how these are used in scientific publications and writing will be considered. Data analysis, including how to organise, manage and present data as well as an introduction to statistical analysis will be taught, enabling you to become familiar with data analysis tools. A key focus will be on the evaluation and synthesis?of scientific concepts from research articles into an oral presentation that will be presented to the class. You will be expected to use and become familiar with MS Office packages including Word, PowerPoint and Excel for the analysis and presentation of your data.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to

LO1: Summarise and present data using appropriate graphs and descriptive statistics using standard tools such as Excel.

LO2: Have a basic understanding of statistical analysis including how to manipulate data to find parameters such as errors and standard deviations.

LO3: Evaluate and synthesise information from a variety of sources into a written piece of work which is fully referenced.

LO4: Present scientific data in a clear and concise manner to an audience of your peers, and be able to answer questions confidently and effectively.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Peter Barlow
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 60 1 and 2 7 , WORDS= 800
Oral Presentation 20 4 13 HOURS= 00.10
Report 20 3 (abstract) 10 , WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Scientific Communication and Data Handling