ES1541/SP1541 - Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science


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:

  • read and analyze features of popular science book chapters and articles.
  • critically evaluate the impact of popularized features of science communication on the audience.
  • disseminate scientific concepts and ideas to non-specialists in the form of popular science news articles.
  • present scientific concepts and ideas in a coherent and engaging manner to non-specialists.


ES1541/SP1541 is a 100% Continuous Assessment module.


  1. If students are required to take ES1000 Foundation Academic English ,and/or ES1102/ES1103 English for Academic Purposes, they must complete those mod ules before taking ES1541/SP1541.
  2. ES1541 is meant for students from cohort 2013 and 2014.
  3. SP1541 is meant for students from cohort 2015 and after.


Those who have taken SP1203, ENV1202, SP2171, UTown and USP writing modules, ES1601 are precluded from taking ES1541/SP1541.

Modular Credits