Postgraduate Course: Principles and Practice in Science Communication and Public Engagement (BIME11090)
|School||School of Biomedical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The field of public engagement has undergone rapid development in the last decade and public engagement is emerging as an area of academic scholarship, grounded in practice. Whilst many different methodologies and approaches for public engagement exist, generic guiding principles are emerging which can be applied, regardless of the methodology or type of engagement. We will explore these guiding principles and consider evaluation methodologies and their role in the enhancement of quality public engagement. Personal attributes and the value of reflective practice will be explored and discussed using contextual examples. In the context of science communication, this course will explore, both theoretically and experientially, effective use of the following: different learning styles, use of voice and body language, and questioning and listening. The use of props, demonstrations, interactivity and hands-on activities will also be covered.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1. A presentation: 60% of the marks.
2. A hands-on activity plan: 40% of the marks.
|No Exam Information
| To develop an understanding of guiding principles in science communication and public engagement.
To develop an understanding of the evaluation process and its role in enhancing quality in public engagement.
To develop an ethos of reflective practice, transferable across all aspects of the course.
To develop skills and confidence in presenting science/issues to a variety of audiences using different formats and methodologies.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Elizabeth Stevenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3258
|Course secretary||Mrs Marie Manson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3289
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