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TITLE Science, the Media, and Academia

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION Learning Objectives:

• To learn how to write for a lay audience and edit your own work, a key skill for good writers;
• To introduce students to basic journalism skills including interviewing skills;
• To produce an article for various media from online blogging to the Times of Malta and Think Magazine;
• To learn academic writing skills and how to write to publish your research. These will include critical research and summary of a scientific text.


Want to learn how to write like a professional? This innovative study-unit uses a hands-on approach to learn how to write for academia and the media in an enjoyable way.

Participants will learn to write like a journalist: to turn complex technical language into an engaging and easy to read text. The skills learnt will help participants throughout their career in any form of writing. The study-unit focuses on science writing however is open to participants from all backgrounds.

The study-unit also teaches academic writing. Participants will critically read texts to be able to analyse them then summerise the key points. They will also learn how to write up their research for publication.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. Innovative game based approaches will be used for students to learn key interviewing, writing, and editing skills. By the end of the study-unit they will be able to write for various publications from media like Times of Malta or Think magazine for the media to academic journals like Xjenza. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.

Note: Degree Plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years. Both the sessions and the assessment in "Science, the media, and academia" will be modulated in a way which will keep that consideration firmly in view.

Unit Material:

Appropriate unit material will be provided by the tutors during the sessions. There are no set texts for the unit, though the tutors will recommend books for students who would like to take their work in this area further.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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