This unit of study aims to develop a student's ideas about the nature of scientific research, and how it is achieved and the findings communicated. Through attending lectures and workshops students will consider what research is and how it is directed through knowing the scientific method, achieved through good experimental design, and interpreted using critical evaluation. Students will be required to deconstruct and evaluate their research proposals, know what it means to write for the sciences, and how research findings are communicated to the scientific community and wider public. This unit will develop skills in reading scientific literature and the need for a well defines research question and suitable research framework. Students will enhance their intellectual and personal autonomy through evaluating and preparing critiques of research writing and communication.
One lecture per week, one 3-hour Workshop per week
Submission of four written workshop reports: deconstructing a research proposal (25%), critique of scientific and popular article (25%), from research to publication (25%), scientific poster (25%)
Bjorn Gustavii, HOW TO WRITE AND ILLUSTRATE A SCIENTIFIC PAPER, 2008, Cambridge
AFNR5904 or AFNR5901