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STEM Communication KAA317


This unit provides an opportunity for students to select a topic of interest in an emerging field or application of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) which they research and then communicate to a generalist audience. Students will nominate or be allocated a generalist audience to which they will make an appropriate communication that informs and educates the audience of the emerging field or application of STEM. Audiences may be general community, school groups or school teachers and communications can be in the form of an oral presentation, a poster, an information bulletin, a video, a hands-on session for school students or a workshop for school teachers.
The unit will enable students to develop their skills in gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources, preparing and delivering a STEM communication that effectively communicates an area or application of STEM to a generalist audience, and the ability to review, reflect and evaluate STEM communication skills.


Unit name STEM Communication
Unit code KAA317
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Associate Professor Andrew Seen
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • synthesise a literature review.
  • communicate stem information effectively to a generalist audience.
  • evaluate effective programs for learning through the review, reflection and evaluation of your communication.
  • contribute to the delivery of an individual or collaborative project through performing tasks in a professional manner following relevant whs, ethical and inclusive practices.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019900 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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AssessmentJournal (30%)|Workshop (40%)|Assignment (30%)
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