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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

171H School of Science

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Dr Mariela Soto-Berelov

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9663

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.27

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointments via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The study and practice of science adheres to its own procedures and protocols. It is communicated orally, in written and visual form. As you are entering a scientific profession, you must be familiar with fundamental skills and knowledge, so you can communicate effectively and excel in the sciences. This course is designed to build that foundation.

Face-to-face students are expected to take the course in the following semester:   

Semester 1 disciplines:

Program Code

Program Name


B Environmental Science


B EnvSci / B Bus (Man)




B Sc (Food Tech & Nutrition)


BSc (Biotech)/BBiomed Science


BSc (Food Tech)/BBus (Mgmt)




Geospatial Sciences


Study Abroad Students UGRD


BSc (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

Semester 2 disciplines:

Program Code

Program Name


B Sc (AppSc)/B Bus(Management)


B EnvSc/BEnvSoc


B Science (Bio; Physics; Chem; Enviro)




BSci (Nanotech)/BSci (AppSci)


Study Abroad Students UGRD


BSc (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

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), BH116 (Bachelor of Applied Science, Surveying, Honours), BH117 (Bachelor of Science, Geospatial Science, 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 responsibilities as a scientist.

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 using clear and concise scientific language.

CLO5: Demonstrate the ability to create and conduct oral presentations to a variety of audiences.

CLO6: Demonstrate the ability to work professionally.

Overview of Learning Activities

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

Total Study Hours

Face-to-face Teacher Guided Hours:  52 per semester  Learner Directed Hours:  52 per semester    OUA Teacher Guided Hours:  34 per semester  Learner Directed Hours:  70 per semester 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning material through the online myRMIT CANVAS website.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks


  1. Early Assessment: becoming acquainted with science skills and communication (5%) CLO 6
  2. Presenting a contentious topic to a wider audience (30%) This assessment/s supports CLOs 1, 3, 5, and 6.
  3. Writing quiz and literature review (25%) This assessment/s supports CLOs 3 and 4
  4. Scientific method quiz and report (30%) CLOs 1, 3, 4, 6
  5. Responsibilities as a scientist (10%) This assessment/s supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, and 6