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This module is available for 2017/18

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Module code:BIOSG007 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Science Communication for Biologists
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Professor Kate Jones
Organiser's location:CBER, Medawar Building
Available for students in Year(s):
Module prerequisites:This module is available to students on the MRes Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation. 
Module outline:The course consists of lectures, practicals and workshops delivered by academics from within UCL, the Natural History Museum and Zoological Society of London. The course will also run three ‘meet the speaker’ sessions and students will be required to do the associated reading for these sessions. Invited speakers will be chosen on the basis of their outstanding reputation in some aspect of research within Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation. The course will be delivered weekly in Term 1.Students will also attend other weekly seminar series in GEE, and other relevant seminars at the Natural History Museum and Zoological Society of London. Assessment will be made through two essays and one presentation, and these assessments aim to train the students in scientific communication in different formats (written and verbal) and to different audiences (other scientists and the general public). 
Module aims: The aim of this course is to acquire skills needed to critically review the literature in a broad range of research topics in biodiversity, evolution and conservation and to communicate scientific topics to different audiences.  
Module objectives:To gain an understanding of the diversity and multidisciplinary nature of research in biodiversity, evolution and conservation. To acquire knowledge of the current literature in selected topics within biodiversity, evolution and conservation To understand how to communicate effectively about science to different audiences  
Key skills provided by module: 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Lay Summary (1,000 words) 40.00%
Oral Presentation (10 minutes) 20.00%
Scientific Review (2,000 words) 40.00% 
Notes:Students are expected to have read the relevant papers before each session. Student are required to attend seminar series' at the three institutions when they don't clash with other events. You can find out about other seminars going on in London at and sign up for weekly email notifcations for seminars across London at UCL – Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment Seminar Series – Fortnightly in term, Wednesdays 12pm-1pm - • UCL – Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research Seminar Series – Monthly, 1st Monday 1-2pm of each month – ZSL – Science for Conservation Seminar Series - Fortnightly in term, Mondays 4:15pm-5pm – NHM – Seminars – Variously timed -  
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