SCIGEN 101 : Communicating in a Knowledge Society
2021 Semester One (1213) (15 POINTS)
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
|Communication and Engagement
|Independence and Integrity
|Social and Environmental Responsibilities
- Understand and critically evaluate how knowledge specialists should communicate in a knowledge society (Capability 2 and 6)
- Access, interpret, synthesise, and effectively communicate disciplinary knowledge to a diverse audience (Capability 1, 3, 4 and 5)
- Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of the different models of communication and apply this to the internal assessment and to the critical analysis of real world case studies. (Capability 2 and 5)
- Develop and demonstrate collaborative learning and networking skills in peer networks (Capability 2, 3, 4 and 6)
- Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate specialist disciplinary knowledge using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication (Capability 1, 4 and 5)
- Demonstrate effective ways of managing and presenting data (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
- Demonstrate an understanding of complexity and engage in a dialogue session dealing with a real world complex issue (Capability 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6)
- Critically examine the communication challenges faced by knowledge specialists when communicating with society (Capability 2, 3, 5 and 6)
|Learning Outcome Addressed
This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.
For this course, you can expect 33 hours of lectures, 37 hours of reading and thinking about the content during the entire semester and 50 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation during the entire semester.
Attendance is expected at scheduled activities. Lectures will be available as recordings. There are no tutorials.
The course will not include live online events including group discussions.
The oral presentation assignment in week 11 or 12 can be delivered via a pre-recorded video.
Attendance on campus is required for the exam. The course has NO mid-semester test.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.
Students have successfully completed this course remotely online. However please be aware of the following:
Study buddy sessions (3 of them in total, which take place during lecture time in each of week 5, 7, 10) and the dialogue session in week 11 are not able to be recorded as these are purely group activities. However, online students may still receive course marks for these components by organising with their study buddy group to connect via ZOOM during the relevant lecture session or via another social media means at times outside the lecture session. Where possible study buddy groups are made specifically for online students, to avoid mixing on campus and online students. Study buddy sessions account for 4% of the final grade and require engagement (in person or remotely) with your study buddy group. Group members peer review each member's contribution to, and engagement in, the study buddy sessions and marks are awarded based on this peer review. Online students can gain full marks if they engage remotely with their peer group.
The week 11 dialogue session held in the second lecture in week 11, is expected to be attended in person. Online students may connect remotely with their group for this session via ZOOM (this must be pre-arranged with the group), or may connect remotely at another time if they are assigned to a remote only online study buddy group.
Some staff office hours will be offered via ZOOM.
Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course.
Offshore students : This course is available to students resident offshore. The assessment and learning delivery mechanisms may differ slightly from what is presented in this Digital Course Outline. Please contact the Course Coordinator, Marie McEntee, for further details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.
At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.
Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.
Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).
Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.
The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.
The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.
You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.
All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz
If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.
If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.
This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.
In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.
Student Charter and Responsibilities
The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.
Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.
In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.