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


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: 12.10.07

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 begin to build 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 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 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 104 study hours is expected, comprising:

Teacher-guided activities (34 hours): lectures and interactive group learning sessions.

Learner-directed activities (70 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 CANVAS website.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Early Assessment: online writing quizzes (20%)

This assessment supports CLOs 3 and 4



Report writing exercises (10%)

This assessment supports CLOs 3 and 4



Risk and Responsibilities: group report (5%) and individual online RMIT OHS quiz (5%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, and 6



Table & graph exercise (5%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, and 4



Scientific written report (30%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1 and 4



Presenting a contentious topic to a wider audience (25%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 5, and 6.