SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMC926594
Module Leader Frances MacInnes
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline

Summary of Content

MSkills has 2 components, Digital literacies and journal club. Digital literacies will focus on providing students with an underpinning of digital technology, applications, devices and the Internet to facilitate study at M level. This includes: communication and collaboration, ICT literacy, information literacy, learning skills, media literacy. Students will use a combination of their skills in carrying out research on a given topic and producing a digital artefact. The development of digital literacies underpins all other taught and research elements of the programme. Journal Club: Critical appraisal and application of analytical techniques: This element will provide students with advanced knowledge and skills required to acquire a well-rounded understanding of how scientific data are presented and analysed, including: effective identification of relevant research publications, critical appraisal of peer-reviewed literature, scientific discourse, and student-led application of analytical techniques (using primary or secondary data).


Digital literacy MSkills -360b7 Communication and collaboration - using digital tools and networks (using e and m-learning, BYOD) b7 ICT - utilising different services, applications and devices to enhance learning and teaching b7 Learning skills - developing relevant self-directed learning, research and study skills (independent and collaborative working, time management, organisation and responsibility b7 Information and media literacy - search and retrieve digital and other source material; critical evaluation to produce appropriate professional outputs using a range of media b7 Library search skills (search techniques, querying, exporting results to RefWorks or similar) b7 ICT Skills for M level publications and digital artefacts b7 Plagiarism awareness b7 Citing & referencing (using RefWorks or similar) using Harvard b7 Critical analysis, analytical thinking for academic writing Journal Club: Critical appraisal and application of analytical techniques: -360b7 Project proposal / work in progress presentations b7 Advanced strategies for literature searches b7 Advanced strategies of how to read scientific papers / critical appraisal b7 Application of critical appraisal scientific papers through a journal club, led by the students with guidance from staff. b7 Student-led application of analytical techniques -359

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate digital literacies in researching and critically evaluating given topic to produce a digital artefact.2. Demonstrate competency in critically appraising peer-reviewed papers.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module uses a blended learning approach with lectures, tutorials and online learning via GCULearn VLE. It follows a student centred learning approach to facilitate the delivery of key digital literacies, information literacies and academic skills the student requires to successfully complete a programme of study at Masters level. Students will be encouraged to work independently using both online and hard copy materials and making use of mobile technology, applications and digital resources.

Indicative Reading

DIVAN, A. (2009) Communicaton skills for the Biosciences - A graduate guide . Oxford University Press, Oxford. JOHNSON, S., SCOT, J. (2019) Study and Communicaton Skills for the Biosciences . 3rd Editon. Oxford University Press, Oxford. MUHAMMAD MUJTABA, M.Z., 2018. Digital Storytelling. Alsuna. 1(1), pp.27-39. Available from: 10.31538/alsuna.v1i1.51. WEMPEN, F., 2014. Digital Literacy For Dummies. 1st ed.For Dummies.

Transferrable Skills

Digital Literacies Reading, writing and communication skills Media and information literacy skills Independent study skills Problem solving Logical thinking ICT skills Working with others Ability to apply knowledge Time management Ability to independently search and evaluate peer-reviewed literature Ability to critically identify strengths and weaknesses in published literature Apply data analytical techniques to real world data

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 5.00
Tutorials (FT) 36.00
Lectures (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 99.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 0.00 50% competency test
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% digital artefact