SCIE11023 - Science Communication
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Students will explore, synthesise and apply the fundamentals of the scientific method in this unit. Students will develop skills in scientific communication beyond reading and writing - through a series of seminars, lectures and self-guided tasks students will learn appropriate manipulation of mathematical and statistical data as well as data presentation. Students who successfully complete this unit will enhance their knowledge and understanding of a range of fundamental scientific concepts and will also consider issues relating to ethics, experimentation and professional practice.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Emerald
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 10%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
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  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
There were few negative feedback items in this course, however, a small number of students asked for increased detail and feedback around assessment tasks. "Have your say" feedback on Moodle. Lecturers will increase assessment detail and feedback in 2017.
Students enjoy the style and format of shorter length lectures as well as the overall course organisation and structure. "Have your say" feedback on Moodle. Lecturers will continue to provide multiple shorter lectures in 2017.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use information and numerical literacy skills to communicate science
  2. Discuss the importance and role of ethical practice to scientific practice
  3. Use digital information technology to communicate science
  4. Interpret and explain scientific data


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Discussion  
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice    

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Group Discussion      
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There is no prescribed textbook in this course - students should instead take advantage of extensive course resources online.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft word AND excel or equivalent Mac or Open Source packages
  • Zotero citation management software (free download, used on all operating/web systems, instructions in class).
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAmie Anastasi (a.anastasi@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Stand back...I'm doing science!

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Week 2 13-03-2017

One size does NOT fit all: the scientific method

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Ethics is NOW!

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Week 4 27-03-2017 The problem of science research: ethics in science

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Group discussion and online submission Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

When is a question not a question? When it's a hypothesis!

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

The scientific output - what do those journal articles actually mean?

An introduction to scientific mathematics that we will encounter every time we read research work.

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Operator please:

Using scientific mathematics and mathematical symbols properly so that you can complete laboratory with confidence!

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Communicating science to the public Part A submission Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST

Week 8 01-05-2017

Scientific mathematics for professionals:

The application of that high school math stuff to real field science.

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Becoming EXCELlent: using spreadsheets in mathematics, statistics, and formal presentations.

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Communicating science to the public Part B submission Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST

Week 10 15-05-2017

Bringing it together: thinking like a scientist, writing and speaking like a boss.

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Let's talk assessment!

See Moodle for readings and activities.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Course wrap-up

See Moodle for readings and activities.

3 minute video presentation Due Monday (29 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Adam Rose will be part of the teaching team this term.

He can be contacted by email at a.rose@cqu.edu.au and phone 07 4923 2000.

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Group discussion and online submission
Task Description

Choose ONE of the following questions:

- Do you think that scientists should be allowed to study whatever they like in the name of research? At what point should we draw the line, or should everything be investigated?
- Do you think that the media have a responsibility to accurately report scientific findings? How should they go about this? What are the consequences of sensationalised or pre-mature reporting?
- Do you think that animal experimentation should be allowed? Why / why not? Are there certain circumstances under which animal experimentation is acceptable and others that are not? Give examples.
- Should medical professionals be allowed to choose whom they can preferentially treat? Should all persons be given equal access to medical care, or should professionals be allowed to discriminate on the basis of the patients’ lifestyle.

Read the relevant reference materials provided on Moodle and post a comment responding to your chosen question by using the Moodle forum on your Science Communication Moodle site. Write between 5 and 10 lines of text (directly into the forum), making direct reference to the source materials provided on the Moodle page. You can initiate discussion or respond to previous comments about your chosen question.

You may also disagree with another student’s post, but you must justify your position, and take care not to use language that may offend.

The aim of this exercise is to think about an issue and to justify your opinion with scientific information. You will be assessed on the quality of your argument and supporting evidence, not your opinion.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Your grade is determined by three key criteria based on your initial forum post:

1. You have identified a position on the topic (2 marks);
2. You have justified your position, using the source material provided on Moodle (6 marks);
3. You have displayed evidence that you considered other views from the literature provided in constructing your argument (2 marks).

More detail will be provided on the Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of available marks for the task
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Make one (or several) posts to an online forum, accessed under the assessment two link. All students will be graded from their forum interactions for the week.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use information and numerical literacy skills to communicate science

2. Discuss the importance and role of ethical practice to scientific practice

4. Interpret and explain scientific data

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Communicating science to the public
Task Description

Note - this assignment has two parts.

Part A is due Friday, Week Seven, 11:45 pm.
Part B is due Friday, Week Nine, 11:45 pm.


PART A
Using plain English, write a magazine article about a scientific study that explains what was done, why it was done and identifies the most important findings. Your audience will be people who have studied science at a first year university level.
You will be assessed on your skills in locating scientific information and your ability to understand and communicate complex information. Please note – you are being asked to write about the article not to paraphrase the article. Your magazine article should be 800 words.

PART B
Prepare a word-processed review of your partner’s Part A submission. This is called a peer review and should be a general commentary on the overall quality of your partner’s submission. Your peer review should be 500 words.

Further detail, including detailed marking criteria, will be provided on the Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date This task is due in TWO parts. PART A: Week 7, Friday, 11:45 pm (AEST); PART B: Week 9, Friday, 11:45 pm (AEST).
Return Date to Students Parts A and B of this task are marked together and will be returned together, with a feedback sheet, on Moodle in Week 12
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

You are being assessed on:

1. Selection of an appropriate scientific article;
2. Ability to clearly and concisely communicate the relevance, results and implications of the article;
3. Appropriate communication to a general audience with little knowledge of the area of science;
4. Identification of the critical components of general science communication by highlighting the positive and negative aspects of your partner’s submission;
5. Ability to read and interpret scientific literature beyond your interest area when reviewing your partner's source article for 'newsworthiness' or scientific importance.

More detail will be provided on the Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of the combined task (Part A and B)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit each part of the task separately on Moodle to the Assessment Two A and Two B links in the assessment block.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use information and numerical literacy skills to communicate science

3. Use digital information technology to communicate science

4. Interpret and explain scientific data

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title 3 minute video presentation
Task Description

Prepare a 3 minute video based on any one of the topics available from the Moodle site.

For this assignment, you will need to find all of your own references. Remember, not all material you find on the web is of sound scientific quality and you will have to use your own judgement to decide which references are appropriate to use in your video!

This is a challenging assignment but you will be supported with a series of background lectures on the scientific mathematics, evaluation of sources and also on effective communication. You will be required to include mathematical calculations, graphs and references within your video.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Upload assessment task to Moodle
Return Date to Students After certification of grades.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

You will be marked on your ability to select appropriate information (Information Literacy), the quality of your discussion (Critical Thinking) and the quality of your presentation and referencing (Communication).

More detail will be provided on the Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40% of available marks for the task.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit your video to Moodle under the assessment three link.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use information and numerical literacy skills to communicate science

2. Discuss the importance and role of ethical practice to scientific practice

3. Use digital information technology to communicate science

4. Interpret and explain scientific data

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

8. Ethical practice




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