Communication Skills for Biosciences

Author: Dawson, Maureen M.


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  • ISBN: 9780470863930
  • Author: Dawson, Maureen M.
  • Publ Date: 2007-11-09
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  • Pages: 180
  • Imprint: BLACKWELL *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 5846

Table of Contents :

1 Communication Skills in Science.
About this chapter.
Why are communication skills important for scientists?
Scientific writing: a little bit of history.
Scientific language.
Peer review.
Basic rules for writing (scientific) English.
More on plural words.
Commonly confused words.
Commonly misspelled words.
UK and American English.
Further reading.
2 Using Scientific Literature.
About this chapter.
What is scientific literature?
Where to start.
Peer review.
Why use scientific literature for your assignments?
Reading the literature.
Using material from the Internet.
Referencing conventions.
The Harvard style of referencing.
Quotations and how to cite and reference them.
Using software to generate your references.
Examples of citations and references.
Further reading.
3 Essay Writing.
About this chapter.
The purpose of assignments.
Why write an essay?
The paragraph.
The sentence.
General points of style.
Examination essays.
Further reading.
4 Writing Practical Reports.
About this chapter.
Some general points.
What to do before the practical session.
During the practical session.
How should it be written?
Other forms of report.
Further reading.
5 The Project Report.
About this chapter.
How to begin.
Writing the report.
Dissertation-based projects.
Ethical issues to consider when reporting your project work.
And finally ... .
Further reading.
6 Scientific Posters.
About this chapter.
Why use posters?
When to use a poster format.
Designing a poster.
Printing your poster.
Examples of posters.
Further reading.
7 Oral Presentations.
About this chapter.
Rules to follow and pitfalls to avoid.
Presentations with a group of participants.
Summary: a quick guide to oral presentations.
Further reading.
8 Preparing a Curriculum Vitae and JobApplication.
About this chapter.
The curriculum vitae.
Covering letters.
Application forms.
How to write a good personal statement.
Personal development planning.
Some terms.
Further reading.


This text is comprehensive, user-friendly handbook that will guidestudents through the full range of written and spoken communicationskills that are demanded by today's biosciences courses. The bookalso offers a valuable refresher for postgraduate students who wishto review or expand their proficiency in these areas. This bookwill provide the student with practical advice on how best tocommunicate scientific material to different audiences includingtheir peers, their tutors and to non-scientists.

Key Features: * Highly accessible, confidence-building, student-friendlyguide * Provides comprehensive coverage of the complete range ofpresentation skills needed by students * Covers essay writing, practical reports, dissertations,projects and presenting in individual, group and posterpresentation settings * Offers advice on how to avoid common errors includingplagiarism using 'what not to do' boxes throughout the text * Includes practical advice on how best to communicate scientificmaterial to different audiences e.g. undergraduates, tutors andnon-scientists


"Each of these practical chapters is short, clear and full of good advice." (Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 February 2011)


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