SLE200 - Communicating Science Ideas


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: EES200
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week.


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 including written and visual communications. 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 and society. 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 demonstrate their career development skills (awareness, planning, application) and will create a professional experience plan to help build the opportunities and experiences they require to meet their career goals.

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