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Essential Skills for Science and Technology


By: Peter Zeegers, Kate Deller-Evans, Sandra Egege and Christopher Klinger

260 pages, illustrations, tables

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Sep 2011 | Edition: 2 | #195335 | ISBN-13: 9780195576078
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The essential guide for any student embarking on their studies in the sciences or technology, this book introduces the core academic skills students need to learn effectively in this area and to prepare them for success in their (science) university science studies. It focuses on three key skills areas: research, argumentation and critical analysis; quantitative methods; and the conventions of written and oral communication.

It explains how to read scientific literature and understand its different language style, terminology, data and argument analysis, and conflicting interpretations. The book also explains how to take data from a range of sources to help student's construct-or arrive at-their own perspective on a scientific issue and how to present and communicate it in both written and oral forms. It also explains in great detail the basic laws of mathematics for the basis to learning in any branch of science and can be used as a reference tool and source.

Key topics include an introduction to tertiary study, e-learning and assessment; reading scientific literature, thinking and arguing critically; writing, researching and presenting and quantitative methods including fundamental mathematics, calculus, problem solving and statistics.

Focused on step-by-step skills development, this book aims to help readers become better students who are more likely to succeed in their science studies.


List of Figures
List of Tables
Guided Tour
About the Authors

Part 1 You and Tertiary Study
1: You and the University
2: Being Organised

Part 2 Learning and Researching
3: Modes of Learning for Higher Education
4: Lectures, Tutorials, and Laboratories
5: E-learning and Researchigher Education
4: Lectures, Tutorials, and Laboratories
6: Assessmentsand Research

Part 3 Critical Evaluation
7: Reading Scientific Literature
8: Critical Thinking
9: Academic Argument

Part 4 Writing and Presenting in the Sciences
10: Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
11: Referencing Styles
12: Writing for the Sciences
13: Writing a Report
14: Writing a Laboratory Report
15: Writing an Article Review
16: Presentation Skills: Talks and Posters
17: Editing Your Writing

Part 5 Quantitative Methods
18: An Approach to Problem Solving
19: Fundamental Mathematics
20: An Introduction to Calculus
21: Basic Statistics

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Peter Zeegers is an education consultant and freelance writer and previously a lecturer in Chemistry and an academic adviser for the sciences and health sciences, Flinders University.

Kate Deller-Evans Lecturer in Higher Education (Centre for University Teaching) and also in the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Flinders University.

Sandra Egege Lecturer in the Student Learning Centre at Flinders University and topic coordinator in the Research Higher Degree Professional Development Program.

Christopher Klinger Director of Foundation Studies at the University of South Australia.

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