Identifying skills and abilities needed for scientific study
In this activity you are going to identify some of the specific skills and abilities you might need as a student in a science, engineering or technology-based subject area.
Examine this list of skills and abilities and select the check boxes next to any which you think are important for students studying in science, technology or engineering fields. Then read the feedback.
numeracy and ability to deal with statistics
skill at using frequent quotes to support arguments
good control of language and spelling
good command of scientific and technical vocabulary
a precise and informative writing style
ability to use metaphor and simile
familiarity with SI units and use of scientific symbols
ability to interpret and produce charts and graphs
a rhetorical writing style (writing that supports a specific point of view)
ability to use references appropriately and correctly
Writing tasks in science, technology and engineering
What particular kinds of writing task can students in science, technology or engineering expect to do? Of course, you may be asked to write essays from time to time but you will also need to produce more specialised kinds of writing and show competence in scientific or technical skills. This is especially the case if you are on a postgraduate course.
Study this list of different writing tasks that students of science, technology and engineering subjects may be required do and read the different descriptions. Select a type of writing from the list on left and then the appropriate description from the list on the right. When you have selected and matched up all of the items, check your answers and read the feedback.