University of Technology Sydney

68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science

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Scientists of the 21st century are expected to be able to communicate effectively with other scientists and with members of the public. This requires them to take into account the background of recipients so that the knowledge they are sharing with their target audience or readers is clearly understood.

Scientists work in teams and are expected to explain complex concepts to those members of the team who have different science backgrounds. Scientists also need to request funding for their programs, equipment or staff or to promote their findings to the public via media interviews, generalist publications or blogs. To be effective in these activities, scientists need communication skills: to speak directly, concisely and informatively about their work to colleagues and supervisors, conference audiences or specialist panels or general public; to write reports, memos, academic papers, reviews and online material to promote their workplace; to apply for jobs or promotion; and to communicate within their workplace with their supervisors and work colleagues. All of these activities require effective written and oral communication skills.

The aim of this subject is to provide postgraduate science students with integrated professional language skills in both written and oral communication, and with text-based research skills. Students are encouraged to take a critical and analytical approach to evaluating and producing written and spoken texts appropriate for different professional purposes. This subject focuses on critical reading skills; effective paraphrasing and summarising in order to avoid plagiarism; selection and evaluation of reliable information sources and their correct acknowledgement; developing a clear and convincing writing style and written arguments; and presenting seminars. Media skills and workplace communication skills are also addressed, particularly in the context of their importance to career development.

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