• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Biology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rachael Remington
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
    See Future Offerings

This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021, however students are encouraged to attend on-campus activities if possible.

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop reading, writing and presentation skills that are now critical in career development and advancement in science. BIOL8291 will be taught as a series of workshops emphasizing scientific writing and communicating to a scientific audience through written work, oral and poster presentations. The course is tailored to provide peer-review and instructor feedback via in-class workshops and online assistance in order to improve the presentation skills of individual students. We also spend time exploring the range of research labs at the ANU, in particular, those investigating biological questions of personal interest to students.


Topics covered will include:

  • Engaging in the peer-review process with classmates
  • Preparing and presenting interesting scientific oral presentations
  • Writing techniques applied to both popular and scientific outlets
  • Planning a research project incorporating effective experimental design and statistics
  • Preparing a scientific poster based on ANU research and participating in a poster symposium
  • Effective use of ANU resources, including library, academic skills and career centre

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Demonstrate writing and referencing skills to communicate to scientific and general audiences.
  2. Critically read and interpret scientific journal articles in the fields of biology, biotechnology and neuroscience.
  3. Prepare and deliver oral presentations on scientific research.
  4. Prepare a scientific poster and present findings at a poster symposium.
  5. Critically analyse ANU scientific seminars.
  6. Analyse, critique, and reflect on your own work as well as others in the peer-review process.

Other Information

Please email rsb.studentadmin@anu.edu.au to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Scientific writing and referencing (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Journal Club Oral Presentation (15) [LO 3,6]
  3. Research Proposal Methods (20) [LO 1,2,6]
  4. Poster Symposium (25) [LO 1,2,4,6]
  5. Seminar Logbook (10) [LO 5]
  6. News & Views (15) [LO 1,2]
  7. Capstone reflection (5) [LO 1,6]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • “Face-to face component” (Zoom live online and/or “face to face” meetings) which consists of:
  • One 1 hour lecture per week via live interactive Zoom and recorded lectures (total 12 hours; 12-week semester)
  • 12 workshops (1 per week x 2 hour workshops) of group interaction and activities with guest speakers (total 24 hours).
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, extensive reading, writing and preparing for presentations and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions in workshops.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Nil

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3361 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6354 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person View

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