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Unit Overview

Description

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 of Biological Sciences based on their research practicum. 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.

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Outcomes

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 choose relevant information for communication.

Assessment

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.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jan Hemmi and Professor Jacqueline Batley
Unit rules
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
72520 Master of Biological Science
or 74540 Master of Marine Biology (ID 1902) and satisfy eligibility criteria for research project
or dissertation
Co-requisites
Successful completion of
Or Enrolment in
Unit(s) BIOL5555 Masters in Biological Sciences Research Dissertation Part 4 (ID 6685)
Contact hours
seminar and discussion group: weekly
workshops: oral science communication and communicating science to the public
  • 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.
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.