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CMS1100 Communicating in the Sciences

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022


Examiner: Jill Lawrence


The contemporary world is characterised by increasing cultural and linguistic diversity and knowledge explosion and transmission. Effective communication in these changed contexts requires not only an understanding of the processes involved in communication and scholarship, but also the ability to apply these understandings to specific contexts. This course will help students access, master and demonstrate the specific genres, discourses and literacies required by academic and scientific fields.

This course presents an introduction to the theory and practice of communication and academic and scientific scholarship. Students study the processes of academic and scientific reading and writing, including research and note taking skills and critical and analytical skills. Students will also study the processes involved in tailoring communication for specific audiences, in analysing tasks and in developing and structuring academic and scientific arguments. The importance of identifying and analysing sound arguments is also covered, along with the development of students' oral presentation, interpersonal and group/team communication skills.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. define and describe the process of communication (all items of assessment);
  2. demonstrate management, planning and organisation skills by comprehending and adapting styles of written and oral communication to the needs of particular audiences;
  3. demonstrate academic and professional literacy by analysing academic and scientific communication tasks and develop, structuring and editing logically argued and valid academic/scientific arguments;
  4. demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by analysing and developing a given task, conducting a targeted literature review, developing a methodological rationale, and identifying and applying referencing principles using an accepted referencing system;
  5. demonstrate academic and literacy skills by evaluating credibility of sources;
  6. demonstrate both written and oral communication skills including a systematic approach to drafting, revising and editing, and the development of logical, clear, concise, balanced arguments;
  7. examine problem-solving and decision-making strategies;
  8. specify the importance of interpersonal and team/group work to scientific and academic endeavour and develop students' abilities to be effective group/team members;
  9. demonstrate cultural literacy skills by exploring principles of nonverbal communication and a range of strategies designed to overcome barriers to communication.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Information literacy and research skills 10.00
2. Evaluating and assessing research evidence 10.00
3. The communication process and cultural literacy 10.00
4. Written communication in academic and scientific contexts 10.00
5. Interpersonal and group/organisational skills 10.00
6. Oral Communication 10.00
7. Critical thinking, logic and argumentation 10.00
8. Research reports, including research design, literature review and methodology 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%)
Date printed 17 May 2022