Minor Overview

About this 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.

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2
Take the following unit:

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
Take all units (12 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 SCOM2205 Science Presentations None
S1 SCOM2208 Science Writing
Prerequisites
Successful completion of
36 points in your chosen degree
or Enrolment in
51580 Master of Science Communication
Take the following unit:

Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
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)