SCOM3205 Science Presentations

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 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
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.).
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the theory and technical skills that are needed to communicate science to scientific audiences. and (2) engage 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) poster presentation; and (3) podcast. 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 and Dr Heather Bray
Unit rules
completion of 60 credit points OR enrolment in the Masters of Science Communication (51580)
SCOM2205 Science Presentations
Contact hours
1 hour (total) online lectures per week. 1 x 2 hour workshop per week.
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