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Unit Overview


What is scientific knowledge, how does it develop and how can it be more effectively communicated? How do you determine credibility of 'scientific' information and decide what information to use and how to use it appropriately?

Students find, examine and critically analyse information relating to a scientific topic. They learn to use various mechanisms to discuss and present scientific ideas. They discuss their findings, write a scientific article and give an oral presentation. Students provide feedback to their peers. Students work with their workshop as a team to organise an event about a science topic of their choice.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method, development of scientific knowledge and communication about that knowledge, to peers and to the wider community; (2) critically analyse information and the credibility of information sources, and cite sources correctly; (3) present information and ideas in an effective written form that is appropriate to the purpose and the reader; (4) demonstrate awareness of basic learning theories and the impact of how people process information on effectiveness of communication; (5) demonstrate effective verbal communication skills through the development and presentation of oral presentations and through teamwork in workshop activities; (6) work both independently and collaboratively by effective participation in individual and team projects; and (7) provide constructive feedback and incorporate peer feedback appropriately.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) scholarly skills activities; (2) scientific report; and (3) event. 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)
Unit rules
enrolment in
a UWA College course and ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent
SCOM1101 Communicating Science

Recommended text (i.e. not compulsory):

Illingworth, S. and Allen, G. (2016). Effective Science Communication. A practical guide to surviving as a scientist. Bristol, UK: IOP Publishing.

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