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:
ATAR Mathematics Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher
Co-requisites:
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals (only required if students haven't completed Maths Applications
or
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
or
TEE Discrete Mathematics
or
equivalent
or
higher). Please note that there will be a delay in validating your enrollment in SCOM1101 after you have enrolled in MATH 1720.
S1 SCOM2208 Science Writing
Prerequisites:
completion of 36 credit points
or
enrolment in the Master of Science Communication (51580)
Incompatibility:
COMM3324 Science Communication—Writing
S2 SCOM3205 Science Presentations
Prerequisites:
completion of 60 credit points
OR
enrolment in the Masters of Science Communication (51580)
Incompatibility:
SCOM2205 Science Presentations
S1 SCOM3319 Exhibitions and Interpretation
Prerequisites:
any level 2 unit
or
enrolment in Master of Science Communication (51580)