DEVELOPING AS A SCIENTIST: EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATING SCIENCE IN MODERN SOCIETY - 2020/1
Module code: BMSM021
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The communication of science to scientists and to the lay public is critical component of “being a scientist”. In this module students will undertake a programme of training and development activities in communicating science effectively to different audiences and for different purposes.
The communications methods investigated may include:
- Academic journals
- Industrial news outlets and “trade” journals
- Press releases
- Impact & lay statements
- Social Media
- Oral presentations
The learning on this module will directly support the students in understanding and delivering a scientific message to different audiences.
School of Biosciences and Medicine
THUMSER Alfred (Biosc & Med)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: C700
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content may include:
- Overview and discussion of different types of science communication, e.g. academic journals, industrial news outlets and “trade” journals, press releases, blogs, impact & lay statements, webinars, podcasts, social media;
- Advice on how to write and produce a blog, as well as responding to feedback and comments;
- Student seminars;
- Discussion of and advice on peer feedback and developmental reflection.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||Peer review of blogs (peer-to-peer feedback for other students) - Reflection on their personal learning||20|
|Coursework||Handbook: Purpose and use of different communication styles - targeted at Level 6 students||30|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate individual and team-based communication skills
Programme learning outcome area
MSci Biochemistry Programme learning outcomes met in this module
Knowledge and Understanding
Intellectual and cognitive skills
Professional practical skills
1, 2, 3, 4
Formative feedback provided on initial blog posts
In class discussion and feedback, and online engagement with feedback, e.g. posted blogs.
- Expose students to a wide range of communications methods which are vital to communicating science to different stakeholders.
- Engage students in producing media to meet the requirements of different communications media.
- Provide a structured framework to enable the student to engage in professional development in communications and to support completion of the research project.
|001||Identify and evaluate key characteristics of different modes of communicating scientific information and apply them to the development of new communications.||KCPT|
|002||Competently communicate scientific information to a range of different stakeholders.||KCPT|
|003||Identify and engage with self-evaluative processes, enabling positive engagement with training- and research-skill development.||KCPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 30
Independent Study Hours: 120
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Provide a learning environment where students work together to investigate, evaluate and analyse different communications methods and individually produce communications targeted at different audiences.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- Presentations of different communication methods, including discussions;
- Development and peer review of a blog (latter targeted at a scientifically-knowledgable lay audience)
- Seminar (targeted at scientific public)
- Review of dissertation topic, including Abstract (2019/20) or Overview of Scientific Communication (2020/21 onwards)
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for DEVELOPING AS A SCIENTIST: EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATING SCIENCE IN MODERN SOCIETY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bmsm021
Programmes this module appears in
|Biochemistry MSci (Hons)||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
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