Level: I
Semester: 1
No. of credits: 3
Prerequisites: One CAPE science subject (or equivalent) in either Biology, Geography or Environmental Science or an approved associate degree in science with a minimum GPA of 2.50


Course Description

The ability to communicate information and ideas to others is fundamental to every branch of science. Communications skills are reported by employers to be the qualities they most desire in potential job applicants. Scientists are often required to report their findings to a range of audiences using various delivery methods. Unfortunately, communication skills do not come naturally, nor can they be learned by simply reading about the subject. They require development, with the opportunity for practice and feedback, before students can feel truly comfortable expressing themselves orally and in writing, in logical, clear and concise terms. The aim of this course is to provide students entering the Environmental Science and Sustainable technology with instruction on developing effective scientific communication skills relevant to areas of research and employment. Some of the main skills would include reporting writing, literature reviews, oral presentation and team-work. The course content would be delivered in 5 modules using a combination of lectures, practicals, tutorials, and web based materials. Assessments are designed to encourage students to work continuously with the course materials.



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