SCOM2208 Science Writing

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective
Content
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 a series of writing tasks. Students will produce a number of written pieces, in both short and long form, in different formats and for diverse audiences.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) write clearly about complex scientific information in language that is appropriate for a non-specialist audience; (2) demonstrate an understanding of key factors in effective written communication; (3) use images correctly to convey or strengthen messages; and (4) demonstrate reciprocity with peers through the giving and receiving of constructive feedback.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) portfolio (of short form pieces); and (3) feature (long form pieces). 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
Prerequisites:
completion of 36 credit points or enrolment in the Master of Science Communication (51580)
Incompatibility:
COMM3324 Science Communication—Writing
Contact hours
lectures: 4 x 15 minute online lectures per week; workshops: 1 x 2 hours per week
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.
  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.