University of Technology Sydney

91164 Communication for Science

6cp; lecture: 1hpw; workshop: 3hpw


Scientists need to communicate effectively with others in the same field or in different fields; with administrators or journalists; and with the general public who have no science background. This is particularly important, as scientists tend to work in teams comprising a range of professionals of different backgrounds. To do this effectively a scientist needs to know how speak and write clearly, grammatically and convincingly and to be very aware of the background of their target readers or audience. If they are unable to do so their message may be ineffective or misunderstood, often to the detriment of their career prospects.

This is an integrated subject aiming to develop and enhance oral and written communication skills of students entering science. The content of lectures and workshops deal with the development of a range of academic and professional communication skills such as effective reading of scientific texts, writing for a range of readers and purposes in various science disciplines, effective speaking and listening skills. The subject also addresses ethical considerations relevant to science communication, such as plagiarism, truth in reporting of scientific data and ethical dilemmas in science, for scientists and science students alike.

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