PM2ES3-Concepts and Skills 2

Module Provider: Pharmacy, School of Chemistry
Number of credits: 0 [0 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Prof Elizabeth Williamson


This module will build on Concepts and Skills 1 (PM1ESA) and aims to encourage students to improve the skills which will enhance their own learning, as well as their ability to present themselves in the workplace, both verbally and in print.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of this module students will be able to:
- Prepare a CV which shows their experience and skills, in order to make effective applications for employment or other purposes;
- Present themselves for interview, demonstrating their professional and personal qualities in an appropriate manner;
- Prepare and deliver a presentation using their own material to an audience;
- Draw on data and information obtained from suitable information sources and analyse these appropriately;
- Critically evaluate the reliability and accuracy of published information as regards bias and vested interests;
- Understand the nature of plagiarism and how to avoid it in their own work.

Additional outcomes:
Students should have increased confidence in public speaking, preparing job applications and in evaluating research publications and communication.

Outline content:
A series of sessions given by experts in the relevant areas, including University services, to cover each of the areas itemised above.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
There will be a short course of lectures/seminars introducing each of the subject areas. For example, students will be given a presentation and seminar on how to compile a CV, and each will then prepare their own which can be shown to their personal tutor during a personal tutor meeting as part of their professional development planning.

For literature evaluation, a seminar will be given on how to read a research paper and interpret data, followed by a task which involves summarising the salient points of the paper. A further session will explore the way vested interest and bias can affect publication and perception of scientific research or information, where students are given examples of poor reporting of data using conference abstracts and asked to identify good, bad and misleading points. Plagiarism will be explained, using examples, and students will learn how to avoid it in their own work.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 8
Seminars 4
Tutorials 4
Demonstration 1
Practicals classes and workshops 3
Guided independent study 30
Total hours by term 50 0 0
Total hours for module 50

Summative Assessment Methods:

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Other information on summative assessment:
This module is not assessed

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Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadine. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

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    Last updated: 7 May 2012

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