spring 2021
BIO-3529 Academic skills - 5 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Type of course

The course is a multi-disciplinary master course for students in natural sciences. This course is recommended during the 1st or the 2nd semester of the master program. The maximum limit of participants is 30.

The course can be taken as a singular course. 9371 - enkeltemner på masternivå

Admission requirements

The course can be taken as a singular course. 9371 - enkeltemner på masternivå

Course content

The course will give the students basic academic skills in the form of scientific writing and giving scientific presentations within the natural sciences. The focus will be on the structure of a scientific text, and we will also devote time in refining your academic English skills, and how to present research data. An introduction to a range of library resources, for example relevant databases, scientific search, and to use of reference tools (EndNote), will also be given. Moreover, we will discuss important issues like the critical use of sources, what is considered plagiarizing and scientific fraud, and how a good scholarly reputation is evolving. We hope the course will contribute in building a creative and constructive social network of master students at the faculty.

Objectives of the course

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • communicate research both in written and oral formats
  • know the structure of a scientific writing and the writing process
  • basic presentation techniques
  • critical and ethical use of references and other research material


  • prepare and present research results both in written and oral formats in an engaging and understandable way
  • learn to give constructive feed-back to your peers on their writing and presentations refine your scientific English skills
  • how to conduct scientific searches
  • how to use a reference tool (EndNote) when writing

General competence:

  • plan, evaluate and edit your own scientific text
  • prepare and present a scientific presentation at scientific conferences
  • understand the relationship between knowledge and communicating knowledge

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

One week, 31 hours of lectures and 4-11 h group-work. The teaching on the course will be a combination of theory and practical exercises in text editing, and presentation-techniques. We will work in small groups where we will evaluate and give constructive critique to each others texts and presentations. There is a possibility for filming the presentations.


Exam: Give a 10 minutes presentation of master project description, plus 15 minutes oral examination. Grade: Pass/Fail.

Coursework requirements:

1) Obligatory attendance on 80% of lectures. 2) Obligatory attendance in group-work assignments and submit your (tentative) project description. 3) Give a 10 minute presentation of your (tentative) master-project.

Re-sit: There will not be a re-sit exam in this course. 


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: BIO-3529
  • Course dates

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