SCOM4402 Science Communication Literature Review

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Science Communication [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This is a problem-based research project. With guidance, students individually choose a topic in the area of science communication. Students conduct a critical examination and review of the literature. Students access and search the scientific literature, critically read the scientific literature, complete a clear and concise literature review in a particular research field and display their understanding of the research methodology used in the research field.
Students are able to (1) access and search the scholarly literature; (2) critically read the scholarly literature; (3) complete a clear and concise literature review in a particular research field; and (4) display their understanding of the research methodology used in the research field.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) preparation: a series of regular tasks that include preparing timelines, defining the research question, attending relevant library workshops, and submitting an outline of the review; (2) literature review: an assignment based on a thorough and critical literature review of communication literature on a topic agreed upon by student and unit coordinator; and (3) seminar presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Heather Bray
Unit rules
enrolment in Science Communication honours or Master of Science Communication (51580) or Master of Clinical Research (90620) or Master of Social Science Research Methods (12560)
Contact hours
as arranged with unit coordinator
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • 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.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, 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.