Inspire and Discover: Communicating Science


In the module ELE008 Inspire and Discover: Communicating Science you will be working in a team to design an activity to communicate scientific principles to primary school children. For the assessment you will present your activity to local schools. This is exhausting but great fun and you will learn a lot about working as a group as well as how to communicate complex ideas.


The aim of this Module is to develop skills and techniques in communicating scientific ideas to a wide audience.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Discuss the efficacy of different approaches to communicating science to the wider public

2.  Present a complex scientific idea or concept to the wider lay community

Indicative Content

1 Developing a Science Communication activity

Target audience, sources of information to identify suitable activities (CfE documentation etc.), health and safety, issues around working with specific groups, accessibility, ethics, costing and sustainability.

2 The landscape of engagement and current practice

Types of public engagement activities, target audiences, funding, role of learned societies universities and other bodies. Public engagement in Dundee and Tayside

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module focuses on developing student communication skills using the vehicle of communicating scientific ideas and concepts to the wider public. This will be demonstrated by running a public science communication event. It is anticipated that students will work as interdisciplinary teams and so the module will be accessible to all student regardless of the degree programme. Teaching will be mainly by workshops or tutorials with a small number of formal lectures to cover core material. Teaching and learning within the module will follow two strands. 1.Development of an activity to communicate an idea-The students (in teams) will develop ideas via a series of workshops. It is anticipated that the students will work independently with advice from specialists in science communication and engagement as well as subject specific advisors. This will be assessed as a science communication activity to be delivered to the general public (this will usually be associated with British Science week). A single mark will be awarded to the group and then individuals will be assessed on their contribution to the group via peer marking and attendance at the tutorials where the activity is developed. Individual effort will be assessed by asking student to reflect on their contribution to the group and via an individual report on the activity explaining the development process and how the activity was received. This should also include possible improvements if they were to run the activity again and a comparison of their own activity with other STEM outreach activity. This reflection will be submitted as part of the portfolio 2.The current landscape in science engagement-Students will attend external events or venues (such as open lectures, café science, science centres etc) and carry out a structured reflection/critique of the event. This will be assessed by the inclusion (in the final portfolio) of a reflection/critique of at least 4 science communication eve

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 4
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 3
Assessment 60
Independent 119

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


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