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 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.
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 to convey or strengthen messages; (4) construct a balanced, objective, informative, and evidence-based argument about a controversial issue related to science and technology; and (5) demonstrate reciprocity with peers through the giving and receiving of constructive feedback.
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 and Dr Sam Illingworth
Unit rules
completion of 36 credit points or enrolment in the Master of Science Communication (51580)
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.
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.