SLE200 - Communicating Science Ideas


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: STP010
Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 × 2 hour class per week 1 × 2 hour seminar per fortnight.


The dissemination of scientific information is a critical activity for a range of areas including industry, government, research institutes, museums and public interest groups. This unit will introduce and develop key skills required for science communication through formats such as print, radio, television and social media. The course will be delivered in a context highlighting why science communication is important in our society and how best practice science communication can add significant value to scientific research. The unit will establish an understanding of practical and theoretical aspects in science communication studies. The unit will bring together an overview of science communication in the public sphere including public attitudes, political engagement and ethical considerations. The unit will enhance critical evaluation of contemporary science in the media and will enable students to develop skills in preparing media content. Additionally, in this Unit Students will be taught to identify and articulate their (transferable) skills acquired during the unit and to apply this knowledge through the preparation of a targeted job application (cover letter, resume) and video interview, to assist with future applications for internships and jobs.


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