Essential Skills for Science and Technology

Essential Skills for Science and Technology

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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.

* New design to ensure maximum accessibility of information
* Step-by-step skills development in each chapter
* Clarifies how to read scientific literature and understand its different language style
* Explains how to collate data and construct a unique perspective on a scientific issue and present it in both written and oral forms
* Provides instruction in the fundamentals of mathematics and quantitative methods
* Addresses common hurdles faced by students, based on the authors' years of experience in the Student Learning Centre at Flinders University
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 190 x 255 x 14mm | 572g
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised edition
  • Yes
  • 0195576071
  • 9780195576078
  • 375,313

Table of contents

Part 1: You and Tertiary Study1. You and the University2. Being Organised Part 2: Leaning and Researching3. Modes of Learning for Higher Education4. Lectures, Tutorials, and Laboratories5. E-learning and Research6. Assessments Part 3: Critical Evaluation7. Reading Scientific Literature8. Critical Thinking9. Academic Argument Part 4: Writing and Presenting in the Sciences10. Academic Integrity and Plagiarism11. Referencing Styles12. Writing for the Sciences13. Writing a Report14. Writing a Laboratory Report15. Writing an Article Review16. Presentation Skills: Talks and Posters17. Editing Your Writing Part 5: Quantitative Methods18. An Approach to Problem Solving19. Fundamental Mathematics20. An Introduction to Calculus21. Basic Statistics Appendices1 Key words in written assignment questions2 Unusual plurals3 Prefixes4 The use of apostrophes5 SI units and fundamental constants BibliographyOnline ResourcesIndex
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About Peter Zeegers

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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