SCOM2208 Science Writing

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (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
Strong writing skills are a great asset for future academic or commercial success. In this unit, students develop skills in communicating effectively with non-scientific audiences through writing. This is done through a series of writing tasks, including a feature article, fact sheet, book review, etc.
Students are able to (1) understand the importance of targeting audiences and be familiar with methods to do so; (2) write clearly about complex scientific information in language that is appropriate for a non-specialist audience; (3) have an awareness and understanding of key factors in effective written communication; (4) have an awareness and understanding of the role of images in conveying or strengthening messages; (5) construct a balanced, informative, evidence-based argument, and understand the role of objectivity in presenting a balanced view of a controversial topic; and (6) receive and contribute constructive peer feedback on assignments.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation, including class preparation tasks; (2) fact sheet; and (3) feature writing—article and infographic. 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 Heather Bray
Unit rules
completion of 36 credit points
enrolment in the Master of Science Communication (51580)
COMM3324 Science Communication—Writing
Contact hours
tutorials/practicals: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
  • 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 at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.