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STAT6099 Research Communication Skills

Module Overview

This module focuses on practical aspects of research communication skills including oral presentation, scientific report writing, and statistical and demographic consulting.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to: discuss the principles and best practices of good scientific communication skills; understand the strategies of disseminating scientific findings in oral and written formats such as presentations, research reports and papers; and acquire practical training in statistical and demographic consultancy.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply conventions and best practice in written and oral presentation
  • Deliver written and oral presentations especially of technical material
  • Summarise scientific material and results of research clearly and present them in an appropriate form to a range of audiences
  • Apply critical thinking skills
  • Produce actual examples of good oral and written communication skills
  • Apply problem framing and solving skills
  • Present statistical advice and recommendations verbally and in writing

Syllabus

One component of this module focuses on report writing, organisation of material in a report, presenting and communicating quantitative material, good designs of tables and graphs, referencing, and academic integrity. A second component of the module teaches you how to communicate scientific material well in oral presentation, and gives you practice and feedback on your presentation skills. A third component covers statistical/demographic consulting.

Special Features

This module is taught across both semesters 1 and 2.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is taught in three components; report writing, oral communication of quantitative material, and statistical/demographic consultancy. The first two components are covered in Semester 1, the third in Semester 2. In Semester 1 there are five, two-hour, lectures on the best practice in written and oral communication with a particular focus on the communication of quantitative findings. During the subsequent weeks, the students are put into groups of about five and each student gives a 8-10 minute presentation of some quantitative findings to the rest of the group and the module lecturer. In Semester 2, there are two, two-hour lectures with videos and group discussion on statistical consulting. Students then organise themselves into groups of about five and are paired up with a client to whom they will provide consultancy. The group meets with the client twice - the first to ascertain what the problem is and the second to deliver the groups’ solution. All relevant course materials will be available on the Blackboard site.

TypeHours
Teaching20
Independent Study80
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

S. Goodlad (1990). Speaking Technically. 

J. E. Miller (2005). The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis. 

G. Harvey (1998). Writing with Sources: A guide for students.. 

R. Hall (2007). Brilliant Presentation.. 

On-line resources. Includes online tutorials on academic integrity and referencing.

J. Derr (2000). Statistical Consulting: A Guide to Effective Communication. 

Assessment

Formative

Oral presentation

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Report 60%
Statistical/ demographic consultancy 40%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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