This is a practical course which aims to develop public speaking skills. The emphasis is on presenting science live to a general audience. Students learn to adapt presentation skills for different audiences, different aims, diverse scientific content and various time limits. Specialist training will also be given by a professional performer to provide skills in acting techniques applicable to public speaking.
Learning OutcomesOn satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply practical science communication techniques in presenting scientific information
- to a high standard
- Demonstrate understanding of the issues involved in presenting scientific information to diverse audiences
- Design and develop verbal presentations for specific audiences and timeframes on scientific topics
- Work as part of a team in a collaborative environment
- Conduct research into practical aspects of science communication.
- 5 minute verbal review of popular science book (20%, LO 1,2,3)
- 10 minute presentation on scientific topic of choice (20%, LO 1,2,3)
- 50 minute, research-based group presentation on a specified science communication scenario (20%, LO 1,2,3,4,5)
- 15 minute presentation about recent scientific research (40%, LO 1,2,3,5)
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Workload3 hours of face to face class time per week plus independent study and presentation practice.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are assumed to be familiar with an area of science, to use as the basis for their assessment and class practice activities. SCOM1001 and SCOM1002 are recommended.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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