BEES6800 - Science Communication

In a world where fake science news threatens our ability to communicate science effectively, understanding the art of evidence-based science communication has become more important than ever before.

The Science of Science Communication course aims to teach science students how to effectively communicate across a range of audiences about why science matters, how it works and its relevance to the way we live our lives.

Students will learn to communicate effectively in a digital age where content is easily accessed, but understanding that content is harder to achieve. They will also learn how to measure the effectiveness of their communication of science. 

The course is mostly online, but there are two face-to-face weeks of study. One of these two weeks will be an experience in the Mars Lab education and research facility at the Powerhouse Museum. The second will be a week of activities, including discussion and debate, on the issues of fake science news and miscommunication of science news.

Assessment will be through three connected online assignments that directly address course outcomes. These outcomes include understanding the nature and processes of science, being able to communicate science clearly with multiple audiences in multiple modes, understanding the best use of new and emerging technologies to communicate science, thinking critically and creatively, and knowing how to measure the effectiveness of science communication. There is no final exam.

Students need to have completed at least 48 Units of Credit to take this science elective course. There is no assumed knowledge of science communication.

This course is offered in S2 2018, T1 2019, T3 2019.

Current handbook entry Current timetable Course outline

Course coordinator: Dr Carol Oliver

6 units of credit