Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will focus on a variety of modes of scientific communication and research skills including data presentation, aspects of copyright and plagiarism, the use of scientific journals, scientific databases, abstracting journals and online resources. You will be expected to engage with and interpret recent scientific literature, write literature reviews, use online software for referencing support and deliver an oral presentation.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFung Lay

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in one of the following courses: SGBB, SMBB, SMBM, SMBT, SMNT, SZHSMN or SMCHS All other students require coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Essential skills for science and technology

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorZeegers, P, Deller-Evans, K, Egege, S & Klinger, C





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Interpret and present data from a scientific paper at a level appropriate to the audience.
02. Use databases to acquire and organise relevant scientific literature.
03. Write a critical literature review using appropriate scientific language and academic referencing techniques in a format suitable for publication as a thesis or journal article.
04. Collaborate to retrieve, analyse and present scientific information.
05. Design, present and evaluate a scientific poster.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFung Lay

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/WorkshopWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture/workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2,000-word literature review Each student will write a literature review on a given topic. Feedback from their plan and draft will be used to help guide the final assignment.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO3
Planning for major assignment (equivalent to 1,000-words) Students will submit an outline of the topics they plan to research toward their literature reviews and submit a draft of their first 2 pages of writing. Formative feedback will be provided to help guide and improve their final assignment.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO3
Class based reading and writing exercises (equivalent to 750-words) Students will peer review each other's journal club presentations and draft literature reviews and submit a written report analysing and reflecting on the feedback they give and receive.N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
Two 5 minute in-class presentations (equivalent to 250-words each) A weekly journal club will run throughout the semester and each student will present twice. Presentations will be marked by both staff and students.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1
Poster - group presentation (equivalent to 500-words per student) Students will form groups and present a poster to showcase the results of their research.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO4, SILO5
3 quizzes (equivalent to 250-words each) Three x 10 - 20 question quizzes administered through the LMS containing both MCQ and short written answers.N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO2, SILO3