The ES1541/SP1541 module aims to equip students with the relevant knowledge and skills of how to communicate complex scientific content in ways that are comprehensible and accessible to non-experts. The module presents principles and strategies to deepen students’ understanding of the differences between scientific academic texts such as research reports and popular science genres such as science news articles (Haupt, 2014). Students will be exposed to popular science texts in various scientific disciplines, which will serve as the basis for group discussions, individual presentations and the writing of science news articles targeted at the educated non-specialist audience.
ES1541/SP1541 is a compulsory module for all Science students, except for Pharmacy and Environmental Studies students, from the August 2013 intake.
This module is taught over 1 semester with 2 two-hour sectional teachings per week.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
ES1541/SP1541 is a 100% Continuous Assessment module.
Those who have taken SP1203, ENV1202, SP2171, UTown and USP writing modules, ES1601 are precluded from taking ES1541/SP1541.