BIOL4446 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Presentation Skills

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Botany; Conservation Biology; Marine Science; Zoology [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Participation in research group meetings, attendance at the School of Biological Sciences seminar series, and attendance at the School of Biological Sciences postgraduate seminar series are all compulsory elements of this unit. Students lead a discussion group following each seminar, which allows them to reflect on its general scientific value and on its effectiveness in communicating that science to a specialist audience. Students attend a formal workshop on the oral communication of science, which prepares them to present their own final seminar to the school based on their research practicum and to defend their dissertation in a final viva examination. Students also complete a workshop on communicating science to the general public and produce an article in the style of 'The Conversation' based on their own research dissertation.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate intellectual 'ownership' of the piece of research completed; (2) orally communicate research findings; (3) identify key findings and choose relevant information for communication to a broad audience; and (4) identify key findings and to choose relevant information for communication to a specialist audience.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final seminar; (2) conversation article; and (3) participation and leadership in seminars and research group meetings. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit rules
enrolment in Botany, Conservation Biology, Marine Science
Zoology specialisation in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004)
Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) (BH005)
BIOL5445 Honours in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4
Contact hours
weekly seminar attendance coupled with weekly discussion group; workshop on oral science communication and workshop on communicating science to the public
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.