Communication for Scientists

NPS20005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

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


100 credit points of study 

Aims and objectives

 From 2017 - New unit code (previously COM20002)

To enhance students’ employability by developing their skills to use appropriate communication channels and technology to effectively communicate scientific information to a broad range of audiences.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

1. Identify and apply the process of communicating science with key decision makers – science researchers, journalists, policy makers, public, business investors and stakeholders.
2. Critically analyse scientific communication from a variety of sources, including media, business, public, and science researchers and updated with the science communication events and news.
3. Evaluate and justify the choice and effectiveness of different scientific communication channels targeting a range of audiences.
4. Analyse and synthesise scientific information in order to develop and convey appropriate key messages from scientific information.
5. Apply a range of different communication channels and technologies to enhance scientific communication and employability skills