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Unit Overview


Students examine the interface between scientific knowledge, industry, policymakers and the community. Emphasis is placed on the basic theoretical principles of communication with non-specialist audiences. Students examine different strategies that are used to raise awareness, educate, change behaviour, communicate risk and promote new technologies. They gain an awareness of methodologies and project evaluation. Students develop their understanding and skills in communication, project management, community engagement, science's role in society, ethical issues and the role of information in achieving change.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) have an awareness of different types of science communication strategies; (2) familiarise with examples of effective communication activities and identify factors that contributed to their effectiveness; (3) apply communication theory in development of appropriate communication strategies for different objectives and audiences; (4) understand the methods for evaluating effectiveness of communication campaigns; (5) access communication literature and write about communication with reference to that literature; (6) present findings orally to their peers; and (7) work effectively as a team to develop a communication strategy and produce a professional consultancy report.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) contribution to a class blog discussion of relevant scholarly literature; (2) background report; and (3) assignments related to production of a professional consultancy report for an external client designed to achieve the client's communication objective. 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 Miriam Sullivan and Dr Pieter Poot
Unit rules
any Level 2 COMM unit
or any Level 2 SCOM unit
enrolment in
the Master of Science Communication (51580)
Contact hours
tutorials: 3 hours per week

Stiff, J. B. and Mongeau, P. Persuasive Communication, 2nd edn: Guilford Publications 2003

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