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Geoscience Communication EARTH5011

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course provides skills in effective communication of geoscience to a variety of audiences using oral, visual and written formats.


Four two hour tutorials during Semester 1 to provide guidance on tasks, and two conference style seminar and poster presentation days in Semester 2.

Requirements of Entry

Normally completion of Level 3 Geology or Level 3 Earth Science courses at a mean of B3.

Excluded Courses

EARTH4004 - Independent Research Project


EARTH5010P - Independent Geoscience Research Project


Poster presentation based on their Independent Geoscience Research Project (40%)

Oral presentation on their Independent Geoscience Research Project (20%)

Video on a geoscience topic (20%)

Group exercise preparing "guided" material suitable for school children (20%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses


Course Aims

The aims of this course are:

■ To introduce students to the preparation and presentation of scientific material for a given audience, using posters, seminars, videos, and guided materials.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Appraise appropriate methods of communicating scientific results.

■ Construct a scientific conference-style research poster and present their research.

■ Construct a scientific conference-style seminar and present their research.

■ Prepare a video on a geological theme designed for an undergraduate student audience

■ Prepare guided material on a geoscience theme for school children and/or the media

■ Demonstrate group and independent skills in geoscience communication.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.