SCIGEN 101G Communicating for a Knowledge Society

SCIGEN 101G | Open | Semester One, Semester Two 2018 | City Campus

Description

Effective communication is required for specialists in all fields to engage meaningfully with society. In this course, you will gain an understanding of the important role communication plays in a knowledge society.

Through case studies and practical experience, you will learn about the responsibilities and skills required to communicate with a variety of audiences. You will learn how to effectively manage and present data and practice oral, written, visual and electronic communication.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand the concept of a knowledge society and experts’ obligations in this environment
  • Understand the nature and method of communication
  • Understand the need to create messages for specific audiences and how to identify audiences’ needs and wants
  • Learn techniques that can be employed to communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate effective ways of managing and presenting data
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate expert knowledge, using oral, written and visual communication.

Topics covered

  • What is communication?
  • What is a knowledge society?
  • Written communication – editing, abstracts, essays, CVs and covering letters, academic posters
  • Oral communication – PowerPoint seminars, interviews, engaging through dialogue, networking
  • Visual communication – academic poster presentation, statistical communication and data management
  • Audiences: Communicating expert information to the public – critical examination of case studies

Assessment

Coursework (50%)
Two-hour examination (50%)

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