Science Communication minor

This minor will teach you how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences ranging from school children to scientists, using a range of media and genres from podcasts and posters to blogs and exhibitions. Science communicators use their knowledge of both science and communication to increase engagement with important issues that have science at their core. Science Communication also 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.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of 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; (3) appraise the social context in which both science and science communication occur; and (4) demonstrate a capacity for self-reflection and an understanding of ethical issues in both science and science communication.

Unit sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
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
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
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