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Course Overview

Students will write a scientific document and a document aimed at a public audience and present their work to a mixed audience of specialists and non-specialists. Students will submit their public written document for publication. Skills in communicating complex ideas in clear and simple language will be developed. Students will also take advantage through the academic year of opportunities to communicate science to a public audience e.g. in radio and TV interviews and at science festivals – these will be assessed formatively.

During peer-review sessions students will gain experience in evaluating communication documents and in providing critical and constructive comments.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 5
Session Full Year Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Baird
  • Professor Samuel Martin

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • MSci Biological Sciences
  • Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • BI5003 Public Communication of Science (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will consider good practice in relation to communicating biological science to the public.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Written manuscript (2000 words)(100%) and an oral presentation.

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided during interactions in workshops and seminars, during meetings with supervisors and employers, and during student-led presentations.


Each student will receive individual feedback and a mark for the manuscript. Feedback will be provided as written comments. Students who are identified as having difficulty in successfully completing the coursework assessment task will be invited to meet members of the course team to identify difficulties and discuss solutions.

Course Learning Outcomes


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