SCOM5810 Science Communication Dissertation Part 1

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)]
All parts must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. This dissertation unit enables a research project to be devised in consultation with the supervisor for 50 per cent of the master's degree research year, providing students with the opportunity to prepare for progression to candidacy in a higher degree by research. The dissertation must be undertaken in conjunction with SCOM4402 Science Communication Literature Review and SOCS5003 Research Design
Students are able to (1) consolidate and build on the foundations of science communication established in their coursework; (2) gain insight into the process of research by developing their research project under supervision; and (3) develop research skills, including critical analysis of the literature, research design, data collection and analysis, interpretation of results and presentation of findings.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: continuing assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sam Illingworth & Dr Heather Bray
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Science Communication (51580)
SCOM4402 Science Communication Literature Review
SOCS5003 Research Design. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a)(i) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation;
(ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course;
(b) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Contact hours
as arranged with unit coordinator
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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