SCOM2205 Science Presentations

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Science Communication major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Learning to give great presentations for different groups of people not only improves students' confidence and understanding of what makes a good communicator but also improves their employment options. In this unit, students evaluate oral and visual communication, learn how to give effective oral presentations about science issues to a variety of audiences and produce effective eye-catching posters that convey a message. Through practical assignments, students develop skills at sharing their excitement of science.
Students are able to (1) have awareness and understanding of key factors in effective visual and oral communication; (2) critically analyse communication activities and resources including public lectures, online presentations, peer presentations and posters; (3) speak clearly about complex scientific information in language that non-specialists can understand; and (4) develop IT skills through the design and creation of communication resources.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online weekly quizzes; (2) presentation series—a series of in-class presentations that ascend in difficulty and includes group, individual and poster presentations; and (3) evaluation of a public talk or seminar. 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 Sam Illingworth
Contact hours
lectures and online activities: 2 hours per week; tutorials/practicals: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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