Academic Advice in MVLS

Students in MVLS can attend short classes, access slides and guides on Moodle, or make an appointment (bookings will open soon) with the Effective Learning Adviser for the College (or one of his Graduate Teaching Assistants) to talk about anything related to their academic work.

Common topics include:

    • academic writing (essays, lab reports, research proposals)
    • critical analysis
    • scientific presentations
    • time and project management
    • effective, evidence-based study and revision methods

Live classes

Attend as many or as few of these as you like. Enrolment is not required; simply show up to the venue for live classes, or access the online anytime classes via Moodle.

Moodle links and timetables for each separate series are in the corresponding expandable section, below.

Download the whole semester 1 timetable in chronological order (PDF)

Academic Citizenship (for International Students)

This particular course will be led by the team of Effective Learning Advisers for International Students.

> Moodle page for this series (includes slides and any recordings) - https://moodle.gla.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=27830

Date Time Class Title Description Building Room
Tue 20th Sep 11:00-12:00 Transitioning to Academic Study @UofG This class focuses on how to successfully transition to new academic institutions by better understanding expectations and  includes some strategies for effectively managing change. Molema Building 109 (Main Lecture Theatre)
Wed 21st Sep 11:00-12:00 Becoming an Academic Reader This class covers a range of strategies for effective academic reading to enhance learning, including how to select reading, manage reading time and read evaluatively. Kelvin Building 222 (Lecture Theatre)
Thu 22nd Sep 11:00-12:00 Ownership of Knoweldge and Avoiding Plagiarism This class explains the definitions of plagiarism at the University of Glasgow and how to avoid plagiarism in academic work. James McCune Smith Learning Hub 745 (Lecture Theatre)
Tue 27th Sep 11:00-12:00 Introduction to Being Critical This class outlines what it mean to be critical and analytical in academic work and discusses how to achieve this. Rankine Building 408 (Alistair Frame Lecture Theatre)
Wed 28th Sep 11:00-12:00 Academic Discourse This class explains academic discourse and discusses how to identify the ways your academic community communicate. Kelvin Building 222 (Lecture Theatre)

 

Academic Community Workshops (for International Students)

This particular course will be led by the team of Effective Learning Advisers for International Students.

> Moodle page for this series (includes slides and any recordings) - https://moodle.gla.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=27830

Date Time Session Title Description Building Room
Thu 29th Sep 11:00-12:00 Becoming a Critical Reader This class focuses on developing skills to analytically read and evaluate academic texts. James McCune Smith Learning Hub 745 (Lecture Theatre)
Tue 4th Oct 11:00-12:00 Reading for Structure This class covers developing skills to identify the structure of academic texts to better understand them and enhance your writing. Rankine Building 408 (Alistair Frame Lecture Theatre)
Wed 5th Oct 11:00-12:00 Reading for Language How we can use our academic reading to develop and strenghten our academic writing, style and tone. Kelvin Building 222 (Lecture Theatre)
Thu 6th Oct 11:00-12:00 Nominalisation How to use nominalisation (noun phrases) effectively to strengthen academic writing. James McCune Smith Learning Hub 745 (Lecture Theatre)
Tue 11th Oct 11:00-12:00 Creating Context in Essay Writing How to effectively contextualise and frame your academic work to strengthen its coherence and argumentation. McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Wed 12th Oct 11:00-12:00 Writing What You Really Think How to find and articulate your position on themes in your academic work. McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Thu 13th Oct 11:00-12:00 Demonstrating Authority in Writing How to use nominalisation (noun phrases) effectively to strengthen academic writing. McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)

 

Science Writing: Advanced Criticality

This particular course will be led jointly with the Effective Learning Adviser for the College of Science and Engineering.

> Moodle page for this series (includes slides and any recordings) - https://moodle.gla.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=10315

Date Time Title Description Building Room
Tue 27 Sep 10:00-11:00 Sourcing Evidence from the Literature We will look at how to get the most out of academic databases, and what to look for when sourcing evidence from the literature. Adam Smith Building 916 (Lecture Theatre)
Tue 4 Oct 10:00-11:00 Critical Reading This class explores the next stage of critical analysis: reading your sources. We look at the questions you should ask and ways of keeping your records organised. Gilbert Scott Building (Main Building) 461 (Senate Room)
Tue 11 Oct 10:00-11:00 Writing a Critical Review In this class, we focus on how to structure and write a critical review of a single study. Gilbert Scott Building (Main Building) 461 (Senate Room)
Tue 18 Oct 10:00-11:00 Writing a Literature Review This class looks at putting together a review of several studies that address a common topic.  Gilbert Scott Building (Main Building) 461 (Senate Room)

Science Dissertation Writing

This particular course will be led jointly with the Effective Learning Adviser for the College of Science & Engineering.

> Moodle page for this series (includes slides and any recordings) - https://moodle.gla.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=12843

Date Time Title Description  Building
Thu 27 Oct  14:00-15:00 Your Dissertation from Beginning to End This class examines what the whole dissertation process looks like, from choosing a title to handing in your finished product. Rooms to be confirmed - check back here closer to the date of the class.
Thu 3 Nov  14:00-15:00 Writing a Literature Review  This class will explore the process of finding and critically analysing journal articles, as well as how to incorporate academic literature into your writing.  Rooms to be confirmed - check back here closer to the date of the class.
Thu 10 Nov  14:00-15:00 Developing a Methodology  We outline things to consider when designing your research methods and discuss how to write your methods chapter. Rooms to be confirmed - check back here closer to the date of the class.
Thu 17 Nov  14:00-15:00 Presenting your Findings This class looks at the most effective way of discussing your data and writing about your results in the context of your field. Rooms to be confirmed - check back here closer to the date of the class.
Thu 24 Nov  14:00-15:00 Editing and Proofreading The class looks at the stages of editing and proofreading that you need to complete in order to achieve a polished and professional dissertation.  Rooms to be confirmed - check back here closer to the date of the class.

Science Communication: Beyond Essays and Disssertations

This particular course will be led jointly with the Effective Learning Adviser for the College of Science and Engineering.

> Moodle page for this series (includes slides and any recordings) - https://moodle.gla.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=12927

Date Time Title Description Zoom link
Wed 28th Sep 12:00-13:00 Academic Presentations (Lecture) This class covers designing and delivering an academic slideshow using Microsoft PowerPoint. https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Thu 29th Sep 13:00-14:00 Academic Presentations (Q&A and panel discussion) We'll discuss our experiences of the best (and maybe the worst) presentations we've ever given. (Submit questions via the Moodle linked above.) https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Wed 5th Oct 12:00-13:00 Academic Posters (Lecture) We'll look at some academic poster examples, as well as how to present one at an event (either in-class or at a conference) and how to manage audience questions. https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Thu 6th Oct 12:00-13:00 Academic Posters (Q&A and panel discussion) We'll discuss what it's like to give a poster, and how to use the event to network as an academic.
(Submit questions via the Moodle linked above.)
https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Wed 12th Oct  12:00-13:00 Presenting Data (Lecture) This class looks at making tables and figures clear, and techniques to deconstruct dense visual data to highlight the most important parts to your audience.  https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Thu 13th Oct 13:00-14:00 Presenting Data (Q&A and panel discussion) We'll go deeper into your questions, and maybe discuss some modern tools for data presentation.
(Submit questions via the Moodle linked above.)
https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Wed 19th Oct  12:00-13:00 Defining Your Audience (Lecture) We'll look at the different levels of science literacy you might expect across audiences (peers, experts, public), and how to cater to those differences. https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Thu 20th Oct 12:00-13:00 Defining Your Audience (Q&A and panel discussion) Ask us your questions about communicating with people at various levels of scientific understanding.
(Submit questions via the Moodle linked above.)
https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Wed 26th Oct  12:00-13:00 Persuasion, Argumentation and Rhetoric (Lecture) This class looks at  techniques to communicate the meaning of data - e.g. analogy, demonstration, infographic, common misunderstanding, etc.  https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Thu 27th Oct 13:00-14:00 Persuasion, Argumentation and Rhetoric (Q&A and panel discussion) Send us examples of scientific communication that you'd like us to comment on!
(Submit questions via the Moodle linked above.)
https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328
Wed 2nd Nov 12:00-13:00 Podcasting Science (Lecture) Rather than a lecture, work through our online how-to guide to podcasting (see Moodle link, above), then come along to the Q&A the following day. N/A 
Thu 3rd Nov 13:00-14:00 Podcasting Science (Q&A and panel discussion) Come along and listen or ask questions while we interview someone with experience of podcasting science. https://uofglasgow.zoom.us/j/85155817328

 

Stats for Scientists

This particular course will be led by the Statistics Adviser.

> Moodle page for this series (includes slides and any recordings) - https://moodle.gla.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=140

Mon 26th Sep 11:00-12:00 Introduction to R - Part 1 This session introduces R and R Studio. Have a look at  the "Downloading R and R Studio" video below before class starts (see Moodle link below).  McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Mon 3rd Oct 11:00-12:00 Introduction to R - Part 2 This session will introduce more complex functions and various plotting capabilities. McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Mon 10th Oct 11:00-12:00 Descriptive Statistics This session covers measures of central tendencies, dispersion, and position.  McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Mon 17th Oct 11:00-12:00 Probability This session covers the basic rules of probability, discrete probability distributions, and continuous probability distributions. McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Mon 24th Oct 11:00-12:00 Hypothesis Testing This session will cover defining the null and alternative hypotheses, and deciding which probability distribution suits different situations. McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Mon 31st Oct 11:00-12:00 Simple and Multiple Linear Regression This class uses various R functions to generate a best fit line to pairwise ordered data, and then also generate a more complex linear model. McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Mon 7th Nov 11:00-12:00 Choosing the Right Statistical Method This session discusses how to choose an appropriate statistical method. We will look at some data sets containing categorical and numeric data.  McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Mon 14th Nov 11:00-12:00 Interpreting Results This session looks at how to interpret the results of various statistical tests.  McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room)
Mon 21st Nov 11:00-12:00 Writing About Results This session covers the correct statistical language to use when presenting results, and creating the best graphical representations of our data. McMillan Reading Room 319 (Seminar Room) 

Pre-recorded classes and online materials

Science Writing: Fundamentals

> Moodle page for this series - https://moodle.gla.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=10316

Title Description
Planning and structuring an essay  A well structured essay will ensure that your writing is clear and concise with logical flow. In this class, we'll look at how to plan your essay and structure your argument.
Lab report writing  A lab report usually follows a standard format, with each section of the report fulfilling a unique job. We'll work through these sections and tell you what the expectations are for each.
Reflective writing In many science degrees (particularly in clinical subjects) you are required to reflect on your practice and communicate your learning. We'll look at how to write reflectively for an academic audience. 
Referencing and plagiarism This class will show you how to cite according to the University's requirements so that your writing is professional and credible.

 

Academic Development

> Moodle page for this series - https://moodle.gla.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=10317

Title Description
Lectures, labs, and tutorials  We discuss how to approach your classes in a strategic way so that you get the most out this valuable time with your lecturers. 
Working in groups  Group work is an integral part of many degree courses. This class will show you how to get the most out of assessed and informal group work.
Exam revision strategies We will show you the best revision strategies, and how to combine them to the best effect in the weeks before an exam. 
Avoiding procrastination Procrastination is normal! But this class will help if you feel that it is getting in the way of your studies.

 

Dr Scott Ramsay

Scott has a PhD in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Glasgow, where he taught extensively in undergraduate tutorials and labs at Glasgow from 2007 to 2012. Since then, he has worked variously as the Good Practice Adviser in learning and teaching for the University, and the Effective Learning Adviser for students in the College of MVLS since. He coordinates the credit-bearing modules 'Intro to Communicating Science', 'Rationality and Scientific Debate', and 'Contemporary Public Science Communications', as well as two modules on T2G, the transition course open to all incoming undergraduates: 'From Bread Mould to Big Data: Biotechnology Through the Decades', and 'Scientific Philosophy'. Scott is currently Secretary of ScotHELD, the professional network for Scottish Higher Education Learner Developers.

Teaching Requests

Scott currently lectures on every undergraduate degree and most postgraduate degrees across MVLS. To find out what teaching he can offer on your course, email him: scott.ramsay.2@glasgow.ac.uk

Let's Talk About [X] and [X]position

Scott is the co-founder of Glasgow's multidisciplinary undergraduate research conference, and co-editor-in-chief of the companion journal. Let's Talk About [X] takes place each year in February, and calls for presentations go out to all undergraduates in December. [X]position is published at the end of the second semester, and a call for papers is issued at the close of the conference. Watch previous years' talks and read the journal at talkaboutx.net.

Publications

Scott is the co-author of Writing for Science Students (Palgrave): a handbook for undergraduates, as well as for international postgraduates who studied their first degrees in higher education systems that did not assess heavily by essays. Writing for Science Students won Book of the Year 2018, as voted by the Academic Booksellers' Association. 

A second book, Writing a Science PhD (MacMillan), is also available for postgraduate research students.