Essential Skills for Science and Technology

Paperback | September 6, 2011

byPeter Zeegers, Kate Deller-Evans, Sandra Egege

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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 keyskills 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 ascientific 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.

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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 keyskills areas: research, argumentation and criti...

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, ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 10.04 × 7.48 × 0.68 inPublished:September 6, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195576071

ISBN - 13:9780195576078

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List of FiguresList of TablesGuided TourPrefaceAbout the AuthorsPart 1 You and Tertiary Study1. You and the University2. Being OrganisedPart 2 Learning and Researching3. Modes of Learning for Higher Education4. Lectures, Tutorials, and Laboratories5. E-learning and Researchigher Education4. Lectures, Tutorials, and Laboratories6. Assessmentsand ResearchPart 3 Critical Evaluation7. Reading Scientific Literature8. Critical Thinking9. Academic ArgumentPart 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 WritingPart 5 Quantitative Methods18. An Approach to Problem Solving19. Fundamental Mathematics20. An Introduction to Calculus21. Basic StatisticsAppendicesBibliographyOnline ResourcesIndex