Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Communicating Research
Academic Year
Available semesters 1 and 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 4 x 2 hour lectures at the start of semester 1 OR 2 (In accordance with registration)
Seminars / Tutorials 7 x 2 hour seminars during semester 1 OR 2 (In accordance with registration)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar  40%
Semester Assessment Magazine article  30%
Semester Assessment Webpage and Podcast  30%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Research and summarize current topics of interest to their degree.

2. Present and debate their summaries orally in a seminar format.

3. Produce a 500 word article designed to communicate the subject to a general audience.

4. Produce a webpage and podcast.

Brief description

The module will provide students with the opportunity to research topics of current interest which are relevant to their degree. The topics are presented in the format of a seminar and a magazine article, and a second topic in the format of a webpage with and embedded 5 minute radio broadcast/podcast.


The module comprises 8 x 2 hr sessions devoted to the presentation of individual seminars. Students are briefed about the required presentation skills at the start of the Semester. A seminar timetable is drawn up, and students are expected to electronically submit their PowerPoint presentations before the start of the seminar series. Appropriate feedback is provided after the seminar has been delivered. Each seminar should last for approximately 15 minutes, after which general discussion takes place. All students are expected to attend and to contribute fully to the discussion of each topic. Before the final session of the Semester, the webpage and embedded podcast must go live.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication This module is focused on communicating research to a general audience, and several different formats are assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Improvement of student centered learning, communication and teamwork.
Information Technology A range of IT formats are used during this module.
Personal Development and Career planning The aim of this module is to develop communication skills, that are key to enhancing employability.
Problem solving This skill is a key component of the presentation module, working out how to summaries information and present it in an accessible format.
Research skills This is a research based module that requires students to assimilate knowledge from academic literature.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Students are encouraged to question each other after the seminar presentations and there is an element of team work.


This module is at CQFW Level 6