Second Major Overview

Description

Note: this major is only available to re-enrolling students.

If you are creative, enjoy science, and want to work with people, Science Communication is for you. Science communicators use their knowledge of both science and communication in a range of media to increase engagement with important issues that have science at their core. This major will teach you how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences ranging from school children to scientists, using a range of media and genres from digital media to exhibitions. Science Communication provides you with excellent written, oral and visual communication skills, and you will meet and work with industry experts, enhancing your networking and employment opportunities. This major must be taken in conjunction with another science major, giving you both sound scientific knowledge and highly marketable communication skills.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) understand how scientific knowledge is made and be able to interpret scientific information; (2) create effective and engaging materials in a range of media to communicate scientific information to diverse audiences using appropriate conventions; (3) create effective strategies that identify and align purpose, key messages, and media with specific audiences; (4) appraise the social context in which both science and science communication occur; (5) demonstrate a capacity for self-reflection and an understanding of ethical issues in both science and science communication; and (6) apply the knowledge and skills required for employment related to science communication.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Courses

Science Communication can only be taken as a second major in conjunction with a degree-specific Science major in the following degree courses:

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 SCOM1101 Communicating Science
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of ATAR Subject(s) ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
ATAR Subject(s) WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Enrolment in
Or
Successful completion of Unit(s) MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 COMM2002 Digital Media
Prerequisites:
24 credit points at Level 1
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
COMM2203 Digital Media
S1 SCOM2208 Science Writing
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of 36 points in your chosen degree
or
Enrolment in 51580 Master of Science Communication
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 SCIE2205 Science Work Placement
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (BP004)
or
the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP006)
or
the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005) and completion of 60 points of study at UWA and approval of the unit coordinator.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S2 SCIE2206 Science Consultancy Project
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Science (BP004)
or
the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP006)
or
the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005), completion of 48 points of study at UWA, WAM of 65%
or
higher and approval of unit coordinator.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 SCOM3205 Science Presentations
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in MJS-SCCOM Science Communication
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM2205 Science Presentations
S1 SCOM3319 Exhibitions and Interpretation
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in Minor(s) MNR-SCCOM Science Communication
or
Enrolment in 51580 Master of Science Communication
or
Successful completion of 48 points Unit(s)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
S1 SCOM3325 Science Communication as an Academic Discipline
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of level 2 Unit(s) COMM2xxx
or
level 2 Unit(s) SCOM2xxx
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM5311 Science Communication as an Academic Discipline