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; NS = non-standard teaching period
Take all units (42 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules
S1SCOM4402Science Communication Literature Review
Prerequisites:
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)
S2SCOM5302Contemporary Issues in Science Communication
S1, S2SCOM5810Science Communication Dissertation Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Science Communication (51580)
and
SCOM4402 Science Communication Literature Review
and
SOCS5003 Research Design. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a)(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation;
or
(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course;
and
(b) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
S1, S2SCOM5811Science Communication Dissertation Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Science Communication (51580)
or
honours in Science Communication
and
SCOM4402 Science Communication Literature Review
and
SOCS5003 Research Design
S1, S2SCOM5812Science Communication Dissertation Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Science Communication (51580)
or
honours in Science Communication
and
SCOM4402 Science Communication Literature Review
and
SOCS5003 Research Design
S1, S2SCOM5813Science Communication Dissertation Part 4
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Science Communication (51580)
or
honours in Science Communication
and
SCOM4402 Science Communication Literature Review
and
SOCS5003 Research Design
NSSOCS5003Research Design
Prerequisites:
for 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 option units to the value of 6 points at level 4 in consultation with the Science Communication Honours Coordinator:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit nameUnit rules