Communication in Science (4732.6)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020)
Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Critique the way science is communicated in scientific writing;
2. Critique the way science is communicated in scientific writing; presentations on a scientific;
3. Technical or medical topics;
4. Find scientific literature, reference it using the Harvard system and discriminate and evaluate the quality of information; and
5. Work in a group to prepare a media release.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||08 February 2021||On-Campus||Dr Adrian Dusting|
|2021||UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||On-Campus||Dr Robert Berthon|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||On-Campus||Dr Adrian Dusting|
|2022||UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||On-Campus||Dr Robert Berthon|
Recommended (not required) reading:
The following texts may be used to support assessment preparation:
Dawson, MD, Dawson BA and Overfield JA (2010) Communication Skills for the Biosciences, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
Hay, I (2012) Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences, 4th Ed., South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Boyle, J and Ramsay, S (2017) Writing for Science Students, London: Palgrave.
More details about the purchase of textbooks will be provided on the unit's Canvas site.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Group Oral Presentations will be given in class.* All other assessment items are to be submitted via Canvas, though alternative arrangements may need to be made for some components of the Negotiated Assessment Task.
*Alternative arrangements may be made for students who are on placement as part of their studies at the University of Canberra. This may include scheduling of a special session during the examination period. Students in this circumstance should make themselves known to the convener early in semester. Students will be advised of arrangements well in advance.
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass this unit, students are required to:
a) achieve an aggregated grade of 50% or higher,
b) attend 80% (9/11) of workshops, and
c) complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM).
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on their submitted work.
The contact hours for each student in this unit consist of 16 hours of lectures (2 hrs x 8 lectures) and 22 hours of workshops (2 hrs x 11 sessions). The remaining 112 hours of workload should be distributed across the various assessment tasks, which includes a considerable proportion of group work.
Participation in workshops is a requirement for this unit, because the assessment directly relates to workshop content, and attendance will be recorded. You must participate in at least 80% of workshops (e.g. at least 9 out of 11 workshops) to pass this unit. In the event that you cannot attend your workshop class due to illness or unavoidable commitments, attend an equivalent scheduled class with the permission of the workshop coordinator, and discuss your absence with staff as soon as possible so you can take responsibility for reviewing missed work. Students who miss workshops should provide relevant documentation to the Unit Convener as soon as possible, via email <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Required IT skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint or equivalent is necessary. It is expected that students have learned how to access resources in the UC library and to access the Unit's Canvas site.
Possible costs associated with unit include purchase of the recommended text/s.
Work placement, internships or practicums
While lecture attendance is not compulsory, students are expected to view (and ideally attend) lectures prior to their weekly workshop. Workshop activities build upon lecture content and all lecture content is assessable.
Research Led Education
This unit involves research-led education. There are active researchers involved in this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (Canvas forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Use of student email account
The University Email policy states that "students wishing to contact the University via email regarding administrative or academic matters need to send the email from the University account for identity verification purposes". Therefore all unit enquiries should be emailed using a student university email account. Students should contact email@example.com if they have any issues accessing their university email account.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the Unit Convener is informed. The minimum participation requirement must be met in order to pass the unit (regardless of supporting documentation).
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