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GSCI0012 Routes to Success for Scientists

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- Enhance your ability to study in an efficient and effective manner. - Introduce you to HE study methods and requirements - Introduce you to problem solving and solution checking techniques - Help you develop your potential as an HE science student

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The requirements for academic integrity.
  • How to approach problem solving in a structured way.
  • How to receive, evaluate and reflect on feedback on your progress in HE.
  • How to use a set of resources to make progress with your learning.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Manage your own learning.
  • Apply structured methods to solve problems.
  • Apply problem solving techniques to familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Use IT to support your learning.
  • Make a critical evaluation of evidence.


Introduction to the Library: A member of the library team will come to talk to students about the facilities available to them in the library itself and online. Report writing and the use of mathematics: You will learn how to use maths appropriately, how to write a lab report and the principles of experimental design. Academic integrity and study skills: You will learn about academic integrity and how it is commonly breached, and you will learn about key skills that will support your development as an independent learner. Writing in science: You will learn how to write short summaries and longer essays, and complementary skills such as referencing and evaluating sources. Scientific communication You will learn how to create a scientific poster and give a presentation to staff and peers.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: • Lectures; • Progress interviews. Learning activities include: • Self-study activities; • Portfolio development; • Personal reflection • Research exercises; • Extended writing exercises. Study Time Allocation: • Contact Hours: 18 • Private Study Hours: 132 • Total Study time: 150 hours

Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Wider reading or practice30
Follow-up work48
Completion of assessment task30
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Maier, P., Barney A., Price, G. (2009). Study Skills for Science, Engineering & Technology Students. 

Polya, G. (1948). How to solve it. 

Barrass R (1996). Scientists Must Write,. 

University of Southampton Academic Skills web site.

Kahn, Peter (2001). Studying mathematics and its applications. 

Sands, David (2004). Studying physics. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Group Poster Presentation 20%
Oral examination 20%
Skills portfolio 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 30%
Group Poster Presentation 20%
Oral examination 20%
Skills portfolio 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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