SCOM4403 Science Presentations

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Learning to give great presentations for different groups of people not only improves students' confidence and understanding of what makes a good communicator but also improves their employment options. In this unit, students evaluate oral and visual communication, learn how to give effective oral presentations about science issues to a variety of audiences and produce effective eye-catching posters which convey a message. Expert science communicators give them insight into effective communication. Through practical assignments, students develop skills at sharing their excitement of science.
Students are able to (1) evaluate effective oral and visual communication, condense complex scientific information into key concepts; (2) reassemble information into targeted, understandable, jargon-free material; (3) produce an eye-catching poster; (4) improve information technology literacy; and (5) give a clear, engaging oral presentation about a science topic of their choice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) a poster; (3) evaluation of a communication effort; and (4) an oral presentation about a science topic of the student's choice. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Miriam Sullivan
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials/practicals: 2 hours per week
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