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Scientists,Communication & the Workplace (SCIE90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCIE90006
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject examines the workplace environment and the range of competencies needed to operate effectively. Communication is central to success in the workplace, from proposing projects, consulting and influencing colleagues, through to reporting. Students will gain a range of communication skills in writing, oral and presentation skills, and using graphics and statistics, to communicate science to others with whom they work.

Intended learning outcomes

This subject prepares students for the work environment -- including scientific research, industry or the public sector. It is estimated that managers spend around 60-80% of their time communicating, and all workers increasingly need to communicate as part of their jobs in reports and presentations, as well as less formal written and spoken settings. Students will be made aware of the range of competences needed in order to transition into employment, and put the technical communication knowledge and skills in context. Students will gain skills by working in groups and individually, and through communicating effectively with their peers. They will also learn the essentials of business presentation design and delivery.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should have an understanding of:

  • The range of communication competencies required to operate effectively in a work setting.
  • The essentials of communication and the importance of clear objectives, right attitudes and skills.
  • How to communicate effectively and persuasively in a workplace setting in writing, speaking and presenting data about science and scientific projects.
  • How to give and receive feedback to improve the effectiveness of communication.
  • How to reflect on their communication skills and identify individual strengths and areas for development.

Last updated: 28 August 2019