School of Chemical Sciences,
University of East Anglia,
Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK.

Personal and Professional Development for Scientists

A HEFCE funded project.

Materials for teaching professional skills, written and produced by Roger Maskill and Imelda Race at the University of East Anglia.

Copyright Statement

The materials presented here are copyright to the University of East Anglia. They may however be freely used, in whole or in part, in all institutions financed by the Higher Education Funding Council of the UK.

Some materials and illustrations are copyright to the original developers, from whom clearance has been obtained for use in the materials published here. Because of this, no parts of the documents may be printed, copied or used in any other way except within the teaching materials.

Obtaining the materials.

Portable Document Format (.pdf) has been used to compact the files and to allow them to be read more easily on-line. You will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer in order to read and print them. Acrobat Reader is freely available direct from Adobe at:

Some web browsers have difficulty interacting with Acrobat Reader as a 'Helper' and so it might be best to 'right-click' on the file-links below and 'Save Link as..' each file to your own computer. If you have just one button on your mouse, click and hold down on the file-links in order to 'Save Link as..'.You may then close down your browser and open the files with Acrobat Reader, without complications coming from the browser you are using.

If you have Acrobat Reader set up as a helper in your browser then just left-click on the link and you will be able to read and print the files directly, though printing can be very slow, especially with files containing large images. It is much faster to save the files to your local hard disk and to print them using Acrobat Reader outside your browser.

Some images may appear indistinct and unclear on the screen. They will print clearly, although the quality of the printed copy will depend upon the capabilities of your printer.

The Acrobat Reader On-line Guide, in the 'Help' menu tells you all you need to know to read, navigate and print-out the teaching materials.

The materials

There is an Introduction and Contents, five Units of teaching, an Assignments Booklet, a Student Workbook and a Staff Development Guide.

Introduction and Contents. An introduction to the contents of the course and a summary of the aims and objectives and comments on how to use the materials.

Unit 1. An introduction to the course and introducing the students to each other.

Unit 2. Working in groups.

Unit 3. Teamwork.

Unit 4. Skills for problem solving in teams.

Unit 5. Effective communication.

Assignments Booklet. Notes about the assessment and four assignment exercises.

Student Workbook. Materials the students will need.

Staff Development Guide. Comments on the style of teaching required in the course.

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