The capacity to interpret a biological concept and communicate scientific findings is a fundamental skill underlying all facets of medical and health sciences. In this unit of study you will develop the skills to critique a wide range of scientific literature from peer-reviewed articles to unsubstantiated independent web-site claims. You will learn how to critically assess the validity of scientific information to distinguish between rigorous, scientifically-supported claims and pseudoscience. You will also examine key concepts in data interpretation and evaluation in relation to medicine and health. This unit includes tasks that will enable you to clearly and independently communicate your own research findings both written and verbally to a range of audiences including politicians, the media, the general public and the wider scientific community. The skills taught in this unit will provide you with a solid foundation upon which you can forge a professional career in the health and medical communication sphere.
3-5 hrs per week
assignments and presentation
A major in one of the following areas: Applied Medical Science, Immunology & Pathology; Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Biology; Microbiology; Cell & Developmental Biology, Infectious Diseases, Pharmacology; Medicinal Chemistry; Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Histology, Genetics & Genomics; Quantitative Life Science