Communication for Scientists

COM20002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One semester/teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.


100 credit points of study in the Bachelor of Science programs.



Aims and objectives

 From 2017 - This unit will be coded as NPS20005
* Acquire skills, knowledge and resources to help effectively communicate science to a range of non-scientists in the workplace
* Develop a capacity to listen, research and respond clearly about their scientific discipline to a range of different audiences
* Appreciate the role of science in society and the importance of effective communication in helping to integrate science into society
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit we expect that students will:
1. Understand how science interacts with different disciplines via different forms of communication
2. Identify target audiences and their needs/perspectives for scientific information
3. Identify and apply the process of communicating science with journalists, business, public educators and science researchers
4. Critically analyse scientific communication from a variety of sources, including media, business, public and science researchers
5.  Evaluate and justify the choice and effectiveness of scientific communication provided to different target audiences
6.  Analyse and synthesise scientific information in order to develop appropriate key messages from scientific information
7. Apply the above techniques using a range of different communication technologies