• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Biology
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rachael Remington
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
    Second Semester 2025
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  • STEM Course

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.

Work Integrated Learning


Other Information

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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Scientific Writing Article Summary (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Journal Club Oral Presentation and Critique (20) [LO 2,3,6]
  3. Statistical Experimental Design Worksheet (5) [LO 2]
  4. News & Views Article (25) [LO 1,2]
  5. Poster Symposium (Poster and Presentation) (25) [LO 1,2,4]
  6. Seminar Logbook (10) [LO 1,2,5]
  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.


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-directed 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

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Science in Biological Sciences, Master of Science (Advanced) in Biological Sciences, Master of Biotechnology, Master of Biotechnology (Advanced), Master of Science in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics or Master of Science (Advanced) in Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics. Students in the Master of Neuroscience or Master of Neuroscience (Advanced) should consult with their program convener prior to seeking permission to enrol in this course.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2689 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7670 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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