Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Science Communication in Engineering

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Engineering

DESCRIPTION The study-unit develops the communication skills of students following postgraduate studies in mechanical and electrical engineering. These skills comprise techniques for writing magazine and newspaper articles about a research area or topic, delivery of academic oral presentation in a conference style setting, preparing an academic conference style poster and delivering a dissemination type of presentation and poster directed towards a technical and non-technical audience.

Study-unit Aims:

1. To train the student in the skill of sorting out the information collected in the course of his/her work and putting it together in an intelligible, informative and interesting manner as a technical and dissemination style presentation and poster.

2. To give the student the opportunity to gain experience in: the methodology of preparing a technical and a dissemination presentation; the use of software such as PowerPoint; making a presentation within the given time constraints; and engaging with an audience both during the actual presentation and during the answering of questions.

3. To prepare the student with skills to write an article for a magazine and a newspaper about a research topic or area.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- interact and communicate in an ethical manner to a technical audience by means of standard research methodologies through presentations and posters;
- interact and communicate to a non technical audience through creative writing, dissemination presentations and posters.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- collect the material, sort it out methodically, select what is important and relevant to the theme of the presentation, insert the selected material within this structure, present the material in an attractive and informative manner using an appropriate software and speak to an audience of technical and non-technical people within the time allowed with the right speed and tone of voice to retain the attention of the audience and without hesitation and answer questions in an intelligent and honest manner;
- collate and organize the material of the presentation in the form of an academic and a dissemination poster;
- write in a creative fashion an article for a magazine and a newspaper.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Supplementary readings

I. Valiela, Doing Science: Design, Analysis, and Communication of Scientific Research. 2nd Edition, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2009.
H. F. Ebel, C. Bliefert, W. E. Russey, The Art of Scientific Writing: From Student Reports to Professional Publications in Chemistry and Related Fields. 2nd Edition, New York, USA: Wiley VCH, 2004.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Practical & Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation No 8%
Presentation No 8%
Assignment Yes 10%
Report Yes 10%
Poster No 10%
Essay Yes 15%
Presentation No 19%
Poster No 20%

LECTURER/S Marc Anthony Azzopardi
Cassian Camilleri
Tracey Camilleri
Stefania Cristina
John Licari
Paul Refalo
Michael Angelo Saliba
Ann Zammit (Co-ord.)

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