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BIOL3060 Science Communication

Module Overview

Science Communication involves the dissemination of science to a lay audience. Equally as important; a good scientist is a good communicator. Science Communication is essential as an aid for governmental and industrial policy making. It is needed to counteract any misperceptions about science and is becoming an obligation for publically funded work. It is an important tool for motivating our next generation of scientists. Hence, Science Communication can boost a student’s employability for a wide range of jobs. This module provides an introduction to the methods and resources a student will need in order to play an active role in communicating science.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Science Communication involves the dissemination of science to a lay audience. Equally as important; a good scientist is a good communicator. Science Communication is essential as an aid for governmental and industrial policy making. It is needed to counteract any misperceptions about science and is becoming an obligation for publically funded work. It is an important tool for motivating our next generation of scientists. Hence, Science Communication can boost a student’s employability for a wide range of jobs. This module provides an introduction to the methods and resources a student will need in order to play an active role in communicating science.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Distil a scientific concept/methodology/idea so that a general audience can understand it
  • Be able to write scientific blogs as well as newspaper article
  • Be familiar with the presentation of statistics
  • Develop treatments or storyboards of a science topic as the basis for generating a video science story, suitable for a lay audience
  • Generate video presentations of a science story

Syllabus

This module is a practical based approach to Science Communication, involving written and oral presentations, that aims to delivery science topics to a lay audience through various media approaches.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module is assessed throughout the semester based on prepared work including written articles in the style of a blog and a newspaper article. This approach teaches a more basic and subjective form of science communication before graduating to a less subjective, more detailed version. The making of a science-based video delivers a science topic as part of a team, providing valuable team work experience while allowing the creative aspect of communication to flourish.

TypeHours
Independent Study134
Lecture6
Work based learning4
Practical classes and workshops6
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Blog contribution  (500 words) 25%
Digital presentation with supporting report  (800 words) 40%
Newspaper article  (1000 words) 35%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%
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