Course Title: Scientific Skills and Communication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Scientific Skills and Communication

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

171H School of Science

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Susanne Tepe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2899

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.3

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The study and practice of science has its own procedures and protocols as well as an oral, written and visual language. As you are entering a scientific profession, you must be familiar with fundamental skills and knowledge so you can communicate and excel in the sciences. This course is designed to begin that foundation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course also contributes to Program Learning Outcomes in BP229 Bachelor of Applied Science, BP247 Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences), BP 199 Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition, BP289 Bachelor of Science (Food Technology)/Bachelor of Business (Management), BP226 Bachelor of Biotechnology, BP293 Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)/Bachelor of Biomedical Science, and BP305 Bachelor of Science (Applied Science)/Bachelor of Business (Management), BH096 Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) (Honours), BH101 Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

Understanding science: You will demonstrate:


1.1 You will be able to articulate the methods of science and explain why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable through further inquiry.


1.2. You will be able to explain the role and relevance of science in society.


3.1. You will be able to gather, synthesize and critically evaluate scientific information from a range of sources.


4.1. You will be able to communicate scientific results, information, or arguments effectively using a range of modes (oral, written, visual) to different audiences.


5.1. You will be an independent and self-directed learner.


5.2. You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically in an individual or team context.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO1: Understand your own abilities to act as a scientist and know where to go to get assistance in enhancing those skills

CLO2: Demonstrate the importance and relevance of occupational health and safety in the sciences.


CLO3: Demonstrate awareness of the relevance of communication skills in the sciences.


CLO4: Demonstrate the ability to write a clear and concise scientific report.


CLO5: Demonstrate ability to do oral presentations to a variety of audiences.


CLO6: Demonstrate the ability to work in a group.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning will take place during lectures and interactive group learning sessions / tutorials.  You will also learn through watching online videos provided through the RMIT library.

Total Study Hours

A total of 120 study hours is expected, comprising:

Teacher-guided activities (24 hours): lectures and interactive group learning sessions.

Learner-directed activities (96 hours): independent study including watching online videos, group work, researching and writing assignments.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning material through the online myRMIT Blackboard web site

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

  1. Self Diagnostic report  10% This assessment supports CLO 1
  2. Occupational Health and Safety Assignments 25% This assessment supports CLO 2.
  3. Career Development Assignment and presentation: 20% This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3 and 5
  4. Scientific Report (including group poster presentation) 25%
    This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.