ES1541/SP1541 Exploring Science Communication through Popular Science

Communication has long been taken as a core competency for undergraduate students in all major universities in the world and is a prerequisite skill almost invariably required by employers in today’s knowledge-based economy.

This module was jointly designed by the Centre for English Language Communication and the Faculty of Science with the aim of developing science undergraduates’ communication skills so that they are able to read critically and comprehend science-related publications and to articulate scientific arguments and perspectives coherently both in writing and orally. The module aims to develop these skills through reading, classroom discussion, summary writing, essay writing, and oral presentation activities.

ES1541 is a compulsory module for all Science students (except for Pharmacy and Environmental Studies students, and students in Special Programmes such as SPS, USP and UTown residential Programme, and students residing in RVRC) matriculated in AY2013/14 onwards. (Note: Students from Cohort 2015 and after will read the same module but recoded to SP1541). It is a 48-hour module taught over 12 weeks with 2 two-hour sectional teachings per week.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the students should have:
Developed the habit of reading, especially in science-related topics,
Enhanced their ability to critically question published scientific information,
Enhanced their ability to articulate opinions and perspectives and
Developed coherence in their writing and oral communication.

 

 

Module Registration & Schedule

Students need to bid for SP1541/ES1541 via CORS.

The following table shows all the available timeslots for SP1541/ES1541 in AY2015/2016 Semesters 1 and 2. Students are advised to bid for the slots which are indicated with their majors as these slots will not have a timetable clash with other major modules, for example, Life Sciences majors should choose one of the following:

Mondays and Thursdays: 0800-1000 OR
Tuesdays and Fridays: 0800-1000 OR
Tuesdays and Fridays: 1400-1600 OR

 

Semester 1        
  0800-1000 1000-1200 1200-1400 1400-1600 1600-1800
Mon Life Sciences Math Statistics Math/Physics Food Science/ Statistics
Tue Life Sciences Physics/Math Chemistry Chemistry/ Life Sciences Life Sciences/ Comp Bio
Wed          
Thu Life Sciences Math Statistics Math/Physics Food Science/ Statistics
Fri Life Sciences Physics/Math Chemistry Chemistry/ Life Sciences Life Sciences/ Comp Bio
           
           
Semester 2        
  0800-1000 1000-1200 1200-1400 1400-1600 1600-1800
Mon Life Sciences Statistics Math/Physics Food Science/ Life Sciences Life Sciences/ Comp Bio
Tue Life Sciences Physics Math Chemistry/
Statistics
Chemistry
Wed          
Thu Life Sciences Statistics Math/Physics Food Science/ Life Sciences Life Sciences/ Comp Bio
Fri Life Sciences Physics Math Chemistry/
Statistics
Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preclusions/Exemptions

The following groups of students will be precluded from reading SP1541/ES1541:

  • Students who are UTCP students and have read and passed the IEM, UTW modules
  • Students who are USP students and have read UWC modules
  • Students who are RVRC residents and have read and passed ES1601 module
  • Pharmacy students
  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) students
  • Students who are in SPS and have read and passed the SP2171

 

Prerequisites

If you are required to take the Qualifying English Test (QET), ES1000 &/or ES1102/ES1103, you are required to pass these before reading SP1541/ES1541.
The following groups of students are advised to bid for SP1541/ES1541 in the specified semesters:

 

Categories of students When to read SP1541/ES1541
Students who do not need to take the QET AY2016/17, Semester 1
Students who took and passed the QET AY2016/17, Semester 1
Students who are required to read ES1102/ES1103 only AY2016/17, Semester 2
Students who are required to read both ES1000 and ES1102/ES1103 AY2017/18, Semester 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduation Requirement & CAP

SP1541/ES1541 is a graduation requirement. It is letter-graded and carries 4 modular credits (MC). Students from Cohort 2013 and 2014 will use this module to fulfil the Breadth module under the University Level Requirement. Students from Cohort 2015 and after will use this module to fulfil their Faculty Requirement. Students are advised to complete this module as early as possible during their candidature. Students who have not completed SP1541/ES1541 will not be allowed to apply for Study Abroad Programmes.

 

 

S/U Option

Students are allowed to exercise the S/U option on SP1541/ES1541.

 

 

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