Course Title: Communication in Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication in Science

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Roche

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 7078

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 223 Level 2 Room 17

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students should have completed a university degree. This course is aimed at postgraduate students.

Course Description

This course will develop the tools necessary for effective communication of scientific information in a post-graduate environment.  Written, oral and electronic communication skills will be developed.  In addition to formal lectures, students will also work in small groups with tutorial assistance.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop the following capabilities:

1. Ability to communicate using a variety of media.
2. Ability to use appropriate systems to access information from a variety of sources.
3. Ability to work as part of a team.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will receive an introduction to the use of learning resources and facilities at RMIT.  They will be provided with learning resources that they can work through in their own time at their own pace.  Students will complete self-directed, self-paced study presented on-line through the university’s Distributed Learning System (DLS), and work in a team to develop material in their program of study.  Written and oral presentations will be completed and reviewed by the student group.

Overview of Learning Resources

The course will be based on references to current scientific articles and articles on laboratory methods. Additional reference materials will be supplied by lecturers. Students can access material on the RMIT online system (BlackBoard).

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will include an e-journal, poster presentation, oral presentation, and a written assignment.