The University of Southampton

STAT6099 Research 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:

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


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

Independent Study80
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

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

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.. 

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



Oral presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Report 60%
Statistical/ demographic consultancy 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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