SCOM1101 Communicating Science

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1AlbanyOnline timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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; Environmental Science and Management; Marine Science; Geochemistry; Agricultural Technology; Environmental Management; Chemistry - Synthetic; Chemistry - Physical and Analytical major sequences
  • Level 1 elective
Content
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.
Outcomes
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, then plan and deliver the event.; and (4) reflect on working collaboratively with others, and support peer learning by giving feedback..
Assessment
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
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.
Contact hours
Lectures: 2 hours per week (1 face to face, 1 on line; overall 21 lectures)

Lab sessions: 2 hours per week (either face to face or on line; overall 6 face to face, and 4 on line labs)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Texts

Recommended text (i.e. not compulsory):

Illingworth, S. and Allen, G. (2016). Effective Science Communication. A practical guide to surviving as a scientist. Bristol, UK: IOP Publishing.

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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.