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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

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


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.

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Blog  (500 words) 15%
Newspaper article  (1000 words) 20%
Scientific report 25%
Video 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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