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BIOL3066 Extended 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 magazine article and leaflet
  • Develop scripts, treatments or storyboards of a science topic as the basis for generating an oral science stories, suitable for a lay audience
  • Develop oral presentation skills of a science topic for a lay audience

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 scientific journal commentary and the generation of a leaflet/booklet describing a scientific theme or concept. In addition, the students will take part in a group activity exercise with the aim of researching, constructing and performing an oral presentation of a science topic.

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

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Newspaper article 35%
Oral presentation with supporting report  (15 minutes) 40%
Written presentation 25%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%
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