Hard skills are defined as specific, measurable capabilities such as speaking foreign languages, earning a degree, using software programs or operating machines and measuring tools  Generally speaking, hard skills are those that can be mentioned in the section “Required criteria” in any job advertisement. In this entry, some of the hard skills relating to … Continue reading Hard skills development in Testing Water Quality field
Skills for Professional Chemists consists of 12 workshops, each is 2 - hour long where I got to learn a number of different skills and explore different aspects in reality world of professional chemists. This subject not only focus on important attributes required for working in science environment but also develop skills that can … Continue reading Soft skills for stronger graduates
New Psychoactive Substances (NPSs) are molecules that contain “non-illegal” compounds though exhibiting psychoactive effects to consumers. They are recently evolved to replace the illegal drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis, etc.  The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) categorise the main substances of NPS includes aminoindane, synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones, ketamine, phyncyclidine-type … Continue reading No meth, no cannabis? No worries!
Effective and engaging presentation is a powerful tool to deliver meaningful messages, or a call to take action. But how do we make sure a presentation is attentive and memorable? In my opinion, I believe in the following rules can be applied in every presentation or speech. They can be from my previous experiences in … Continue reading Make your presentation powerful
I got to mark Exemplar 5 report during Workshop 5 and it was about “Presumptive tests for blood identification in forensic investigation” I thought this was an interesting activity because this experience would help me understanding what being expected in our group’s major report. Firstly, the organisation of this report is highly credited. The first … Continue reading Benchmarking activity
Biofuel and other alternatives of fossil fuels attract a lot of attention from science, companies and the public. Everyone concerns about their future energy resources and more importantly, the climbing of bills that they have to pay every month. Due to the advantage of knowing the topic since first year, I got to organise my … Continue reading The organisation of Major Assignment
My topic for the major assignment was “Biofuels and the advantages and disadvantages of algae as potential sources of biofuel”. Nowadays, a dramatic increase use of fossil fuel, specifically crude oil to produce petrol is alerting. It faces too many issues such as the depletion of resources meaning more competition across nations which can lead … Continue reading Micro-organism: algae – the saver of human’s future energy?
Debating has not been my strength, ever! I don’t usually involve in conflicts because I personally try to avoid it. Plus, English is my second language and I always get embarrassed talking in public because I’m scared that my accent, grammar or pronunciation went wrong. As a result, ethics debate was such a challenge for … Continue reading Is euthanasia suicide?
Today our pod brought together some ethical issues for discussion. It was not very easy to choose as there were a number of topics and all of them sounded great. I was very surprise how our pod was not aggressive about topic decision as I recalled my past experience that conflicts usually occur during this … Continue reading Debate preparation in teamwork
"Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people" - Steve Jobs It is the second week at the university and my first workshop for the subject called Skills for Professional Chemists was held today at 9am. I was 5 minutes late (due to previous Maths … Continue reading Meet and Greet