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gsw210 - Scientific Communication
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Module label Scientific Communication
Module code gsw210
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Human Medicine
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Molecular Biomedicine (Master) > Skills Modules
Responsible persons
Plösch, Torsten (Module responsibility)
Plösch, Torsten (Authorized examiners)
Gibbs, Bernhard (Authorized examiners)
Dömer, Patrick (Authorized examiners)
Dittmann, Tim (Authorized examiners)
Enrolment in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine
Skills to be acquired in this module

Goals of the module:
upon completion of this module, students

  • have improved their competencies in scientific writing
  • demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills (oral and written)
  • can defend their findings in scientific discussions or rebuttal letters
  • know about major communication pitfalls


++ scientific writing
++ data presentation and discussion
+ independent searching and knowledge of scientific literature
+ teamwork
+ critical and analytical thinking

Module contents


  • Introduction to scientific writing (analysis of scientific publications, structure of publications, common mistakes,  logical story plots)
  • types of scientific communications: posters, oral presentations, journal papers, grant applications, CV/job application
  • Literature management (information search/ literature management tools/ plagiarism)
  • presentation techniques (how to structure your poster/presentation, how to reach your audience)
  • how to write your Master´s thesis
  • job application (CV, application letter)
  • how do others perceive your message?
  • “don’ts”  of scientific communication
  • social media for scientists
  • the perfect abstract
  • analysis of scientific publications
  • writing an abstract
  • presentation (poster, short talk)
Reader's advisory
A list will be distributed on forehand
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency winter term
Module capacity 12
Reference text
The number of participants for this module is limited to 12. If there are more students registered than places available, lots will be drawn. Students which are enrolled in Master´s programme Molecular Biomedicine will be preferred.
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge English level B2 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 WiSe 28
2 WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
during seminar

portfolio (presentation, several exercises, active participation during discussions)