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Unit Overview


In this unit, you will learn how to better understand the needs and experiences of different audiences, including learning how two-way dialogue can be used to develop both scientific research and governance, and how different media can be used to great effect.

This unit has been designed to provide you with the technical and practical skills to effectively engage a variety of audiences (other scientists, policymakers, community groups, etc.) with your research (and science more generally), using a range of different media (oral presentations, posters, podcasts, etc.).

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

Students are able to (1) apply an understanding of the theory and technical skills that are needed to communicate science to different audiences and (2) create material that engages non-scientific audiences with scientific topics by better understanding their needs and experiences..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) podcast; and (3) video. 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)
Dr Heather Bray
Unit rules
Enrolment in
MJS-SCCOM Science Communication
Unit(s) SCOM2205 Science Presentations
Contact hours
Lectures: 1 hour recorded content (eg 3 x 20 mins) per week
Workshops: 1 x 2 hour per week
  • 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 one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.