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BIOL6072 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 and a script of a science topic as the basis for generating video and podcast science stories, suitable for a lay audience
  • Generate video presentations of a science story
  • Generate a podcast of a science story

Syllabus

This module is mainly a practical based approach to Science Communication involving written, oral and video presentations as well as making science-orientated websites and blogs.

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, a scientific magazine, a video presentation, science websites, science blogs and a poster presentation of a science topic.

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

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Blog  ( words) 20%
Digital presentation with supporting report  ( words) 30%
Newspaper article  ( words) 20%
Podcast presentation with script  ( words) 30%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%
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