Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.
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This subject is not offered in 2015.
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Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours
25 points of Level 2 subjects approved as core in the Bachelors of Biomedicine, Engineering or Science, or included in the following Bachelor of Environments majors: Civil Systems, Environmental Science, Geomatics, Landscape Management, Engineering Systems (previously Physical Systems).
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Why is it essential that scientists learn to communicate effectively about science and technology to a variety of audiences? What makes for engaging communication when it comes to science and technology? How does the style of communication need to change for different audiences? What types of media can be used with greatest effect for each communication task? What are the nuts and bolts of good science writing? What are the characteristics of effective public speaking?
Weekly seminars will consider the important role science and technology plays in twenty-first century society and explore why it is vital that scientists learn to articulate their ideas to a variety of audiences in an effective and engaging manner. Other topics include talking about science on the radio, effective public speaking, writing press releases and science feature articles, science performance and how science is reported in the media.
Students will develop skills in evaluating examples of science and technology communication to identify those that are most effective and engaging. Students will also be given multiple opportunities to receive feedback and improve their own written and oral communication skills.
Students will work in small teams on shared projects in addition to writing a science blog to further the communication skills developed during the seminar program.
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
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This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:
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On the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
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