We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
Cover

Study and Communication Skills for the Biosciences

Third Edition

Stuart Johnson and Jon Scott

January 2019

ISBN: 9780198791461

272 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £24.99

The only text to focus on study and communication skills specifically for bioscience students, helping them get the most out of their degree, and develop the skills and experience that will make them more employable after graduation.

Share:

Description

Study and Communication Skills for the Biosciences is an invaluable guide to getting the most out of your degree, and enhancing your employability skills. The motivational writing style is accessible to students of all levels and a wide range of skills are covered, making this essential reading for all bioscience students.

  • As experienced educators, both authors write specifically with the needs of bioscience students in mind.
  • A particular emphasis on four foundational skills - managing your time well, thinking critically, developing yourself, and employability - empowers you to really get the most out of your degree.
  • Frequent biological examples are incorporated throughout the text, demonstrating the relevance of the skills being discussed to your programme of study.
  • In order to help you succeed in assessments, the authors explain how to communicate your ideas effectively, and how to prepare for and complete exams.
  • The flexible style of the book means that you can dip in and out of the text and read the chapters most relevant to you and the stage you are at in your studies.

New to this edition

  • New content on recorded lectures and how to get the most out of flipped classrooms
  • A new section on how to perform well in a video interview
  • New content on how best to use online networks for career advancement
  • A new section on how to critically review a research paper
  • A new learning feature, 'Try this for yourself', shows how you can apply the book's principles to your own life and studies

About the Author(s)

Stuart Johnson, Director of Careers Service, University of Bristol, and Jon Scott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Professor of Bioscience Education, University of Bristol

Stuart Johnson is the Director of the Careers Service at the University of Bristol. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Leicester, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Development from Thames Valley University. He was previously the Deputy Director of the Career Development Service at the University of Leicester.

Professor Jon Scott is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Professor of Bioscience Education at the University of Leicester. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Neurobiology from Durham University. He joined the University of Leicester as a lecturer in physiology since 1987 and went on to become the Director of Biological Studies.

Table of Contents

    1: Why are study and communication skills important?
    2: Using feedback
    3: Making the most of lectures
    4: Working with different information sources
    5: Avoiding plagiarism
    6: Choosing the right writing style
    7: Writing essays
    8: Writing practical reports
    9: Working in tutorials and groups
    10: Preparing scientific presentations
    11: Delivering scientific presentations
    12: Creating academic posters
    13: Getting the most out of revision
    14: Getting the most out of exams
    15: Making yourself employable

Reviews

"One of the universal roles of an educator is to convey to students the necessary study and communication skills, whether in science or in arts and humanities. This book addresses these key skills as a manual for students through their course and as preparation to enhance their attractiveness to employers." - John R. Helliwell, University of Manchester, J. Appl. Cryst. (2019). 52, 492494

"The examples are from bioscience, such as measuring the leap distances of a laboratory population of locusts or migratory behaviours of geese, but are readily understandable for all." - John R. Helliwell, University of Manchester, J. Appl. Cryst. (2019). 52, 492494

"Overall this is a very good book and I recommend it to students across many subjects, not only biosciences. I liked this book and indeed wished I had had such a book when I was a student." - John R. Helliwell, University of Manchester, J. Appl. Cryst. (2019). 52, 492494

Additional Resources

For registered adopters of the book:

- Figures and tables of data from the book, ready to download.

For students:

- Examples of good and bad practice when using PowerPoint presentations and when producing posters

- Examples of CVs and covering letters

- Student resources hub (includes tips from current students)

- Spelling/grammar tests and quizzes