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Readership: This book is suitable for taught postgraduates, research students, and advanced undergraduates following any bioscience-related programme, looking for a guide to the communication skills they need to master to excel at a more advanced level of study.
Aysha Divan, Lecturer in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds
"This volume would be an ideal resource for developing and structuring a new graduate student course in the biological sciences. The information conveyed is up to date, well organized, and imperative for todays scientists, both young and established.
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"Divan has clearly used her experience working with bioscience students to write an organized strategy for communication success. The author's own communication skills as evidenced by this guide, are exemplary. Communication Skills serves up a no-nonsense approach to bioscience research with the aim of conveying that graduate work in the biosciences is important, and it is important that it be done right. Karen L. Wellner, Arizona State University"
"Aysha Divan has got the content of the book just right. The chapters go into the right amount of detail and provide lots of lovely references for further reading, the vast majority of which I have never been told about before. Many of the chapters would also be very useful to undergraduates
gaining experience in a lab or writing up final year projects/dissertations. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone doing an undergraduate degree, masters or PhD; I would even say that most Post Docs would learn a thing or two!" - James Sleigh, Student, University of Bath
"Divan's book transforms oral tradition into a tangible 'how to' guide and teaching tool that supervisors would do well to share with their students. Rich in content but sensibly organized, Communication Skills would work well as the basis of a communications course for senior undergraduates or beginning graduate students.
If students - and seasoned researchers - follow her strategies, they will undoubtedly find the process of preparing a research proposal, presentation or thesis more manageable and efficient - if not pain-free!" - Microbiology Today
1: Essential communication skills
2: Recording and managing information
3: Ethics in communication
4: Introduction to the scientific literature
5: Conducting effective literature searches
6: Reviewing scientific literature
7: Writing a literature review
8: Writing a research proposal
9: Writing a research paper
10: Writing an abstract
11: Preparing tables and figures
12: Writing a Masters dissertation or a PhD thesis
13: Delivering an effective oral presentation
14: Preparing and presenting a research poster