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SCOM1101 Communicating Science

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Conservation Biology; Mathematics and Statistics; Zoology; Botany; Agricultural Science; Geology; Environmental Science; Agricultural Science and Technology; Wildlife Conservation; Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences; Chemistry; Environmental Science and Management; Marine Science; Geochemistry; Agricultural Technology; Environmental Management; Chemistry - Synthetic; Chemistry - Physical and Analytical major sequences
  • Level 1 elective
What is scientific knowledge, how does it develop and how can it be more effectively communicated? How do you determine credibility of 'scientific' information and decide what information to use and how to use it appropriately?

Students find, examine and critically analyse information relating to a scientific topic. They learn to use various mechanisms to discuss and present scientific ideas. They discuss their findings, write a scientific article and give an oral presentation. Students provide feedback to their peers. Students work with their workshop as a team to organise an event about a science topic of their choice.
Students are able to (1) prepare and deliver an oral presentation on a specific scientific topic, communicating technical ideas succinctly and effectively.; (2) demonstrate scientific literacy skills, identifying elements of good experimental design, analysing and interpreting data, and using this to write a scientific report.; (3) develop a strategy for a science communication event and then present it; and (4) reflect on working collaboratively with others, and support peer learning by giving feedback..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) scientific report; and (3) group project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Pieter Poot
Unit rules
ATAR Mathematics Applications or WACE Mathematics 2C/2D or TEE Discrete Mathematics or equivalent or higher
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.
Contact hours
Lectures: 3 to 5 prerecorded short lectures per week

Workshop/Practical sessions: 2 hours per week (either face to face or on line material)

Recommended texts (i.e. not compulsory) available in the unit's reading list (Week 1):

Bowater, L. & Yeoman, K. (2012). Science Communication: A Practical Guide for Scientists. New York, USA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Cormick, C. (2019). The Science of Communicating Science: the Ultimate Guide. Collingwood, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

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