The goal of this curricular unit on Scientific Writing and Communication, positioned at the end of the first semester, is to develop critical thinking in students with the view to write and communicate a literature review, on scientifc areas of interest to the student within the scope of Biopharmaceutical Sciences. It will enable the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competences to: 1) recognize and identify scientific questions and opportunies of application; 2) explore these questions, both through literature search and direct interaction with the tutor and his/her research; 3) write a review article; 4) communicate the result of the literature review; and 5) respect the ethics of scientific writing and communicating. The student should also develop skills that allow him to apply similar analysis strategies to different scientific areas, as well as to integrate knowledge, capacities and competences in the review of current literarture, allowing the advancement of knowledge and its application.
This curricular unit consists of a period of direct contact of the student with a scientific area of his interest, within the scope of the programme contents of the Master Course in Biopharmaceutical Sciences. This period is followed by the preparation of a review article, under the supervision of the tutor. Included in the programme is the study of: 1) principles and methods of selection of review topics, according to their current relevance and general interest, based on critical and creative thinking; 2) planning and implementation of the literature review; tools and methodologies of bibliographic search; information sources; 3) critical analysis of related literature; 4) dissemination and presentation of results and conclusions from the literature review; content organization; standards for writing and editing a review article; ethics in literature review; dissemination sites, rules and norms associated with dissemination. It includes theoretical and practical knowledge about how to start a literature review; how to analyze and better select themes and sources of information; how to frame, interpret and critically evaluate available information; and how to present and disseminate results and conclusions of the review.