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Unit Overview


This unit examines the interface between scientific knowledge, industry, policy and the general community. Emphasis is placed on the basic theoretical principles of communication and the extension of complex information to non-specialist audiences. Students examine different strategies that are used to raise awareness, educate, change behaviour, communicate about risks and promote new technologies. Students develop their understanding and skills in communication, extension, project management, community consultation, science's role in society, ethical issues and the role of information in achieving change.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) show an awareness of different types of communication strategies that can be employed, depending on objectives; (2) show an awareness of the roles that trust and credibility play in communication; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the methods for evaluating effectiveness of communication campaigns; (4) access scholarly literature and write about communication with reference to that literature; (5) present findings orally to their peers; (6) work effectively in a team to develop a communication strategy and produce a professional consultancy report; and (7) reflect on their learning process.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) needs analysis; (2) consultancy report; and (3) essay. 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 Steven Maras
Unit rules
enrolment in
a postgraduate course
COMM3303/COMM8303 Science Communication for Change in Industry and Community.
SCOM3320 Communication Strategies for Change
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials/practicals: 1 hour per week
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