UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Science Communication

This unit is intended for students who want to consolidate their research skills following an undergraduate major in science communication. Students carry out an original, individual research project with supervision. The project includes development of a testable hypothesis or research objectives in an area of science communication, selection and use of appropriate methods, execution of the project, analysis and interpretation of results, presentation of a seminar describing the project and completion of a written thesis incorporating all aspects of the work.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) consolidate and build on the foundations of science communication established in their undergraduate program; (2) gain insight into the process of research by developing their research project under supervision; and (3) develop research skills including critical analysis of the literature, research design, data collection and analysis, interpretation of results and presentation of findings.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in the Level 3 science communication units.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (36 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2SCIE4501Science Research Dissertation Part 1None
S1, S2SCIE4502Science Research Dissertation Part 2None
S1, S2SCIE4503Science Research Dissertation Part 3None
S1, S2SCIE4504Science Research Dissertation Part 4None
S1, S2SCOM4402Science Communication Literature ReviewPrerequisites: enrolment in Science Communication honours or Master of Science Communication (51580) or Master of Clinical Research (90620) or Master of Social Science Research Methods (12560)
NSSOCS5003Research DesignPrerequisitesfor Social Research Methods students and Science Communication students : none; for other postgraduate course (International Relations, Strategic Communications, Asian Studies, International Development, Public Policy) students: completion of 24 points of their coursework, three core units and one option unit, and have achieved a 70 per cent WAM in those units.
Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
NSEDUC5631Approaches to ResearchPrerequisites: enrolment in one of the following courses: Master of Educational Leadership (30520); Master of Education (30580); Graduate Diploma in Professional Education (31310); Graduate Diploma in Educational Assessment; Master of Education (31500); Master of Teaching (31520); Master of Education in Assessment, Measurement and Evaulation (31530); Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (31560); Master of Educational Studies (31600); Master of Special Education (31620); Master of Education in Assessment, Measurement and Evaulation (31630); Master of Educational Leadership (31650); Master of Education (31670); Master of Education (31700); Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (32310); Graduate Diploma in School Leadership (32320); Master of Curriculum Studies (32510); Master of School Leadership (32520)
NSEDUC5633Quantitative InquiryNone
S1, NSEDUC5634Qualitative InquiryNone
S2PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in HealthNone
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of SciencePrerequisites: enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
Incompatibility: COMM2210 Science and Its Communication—Peer-to-Peer
S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted SciencePrerequisites: enrolment in honours or postgraduate course
S2SCOM5302Contemporary Issues in Science CommunicationNone
S2SCOM5308Peer ReviewNone
NSSOCS5005Social Research EthicsNone
N/ASOCS5009Innovative Social Research MethodsNone
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research MethodsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Master of Science (Exercise Science) (coursework) (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390)