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Communication skills in the development of divulgation practices of Science

Code: DC612     Acronym: DC612

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Science Divulgation

Instance: 2017/2018 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Science Education Unit
Course/CS Responsible: Doctor's Degree in Teaching and Dissemination of Science

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PDEDC 6 PE PD em Ensino e Divulgação das Ciências 1 - 6 35 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Carla Susana Lopes Morais
Mais informaçõesLast updated on 2017-09-08.

Fields changed: Objectives, Métodos de ensino e atividades de aprendizagem, Componentes de Avaliação e Ocupação, Programa, Fórmula de cálculo da classificação final

Teaching language



1. Interdisciplinary understanding of scientific communication techniques.
2. To identify and analyze target audiences and models for existing or future science divulgation activities.
3. To know national and international reality in what concerns scientific communication in a particular subject
(defined according to the student’s interests).
4. To enhance science communication skills in each subject area.
5. To evaluate and propose improvements on specific science divulgation activities in progress.
6. Increase of proactivity and entrepreneurship in scientific communication initiatives.
7. To work on a project proposal in order to start a certain scientific communication activity/initiative.

Learning outcomes and competences

Improve scientific communication skills in a particular subject area of Sciences.

Working method



1. Scientific communication nowadays.
2. Scientific knowledge and scientists (social, cultural and political environment)
3. Social communication and scientific communication.
4. Models and audiences in science communication.
5. Practices and techniques in science communication: skills and challenges in the different types of science communication.
6. Mathematics (OR physics, OR chemistry, OR astronomy, OR biology, OR geology) in scientific
7. Science communication project and initiatives.

Mandatory literature

Bucchi, M., & Trench, B. ; Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, London & New York: Routledge., 2008

Teaching methods and learning activities

The fundamentals of UC will be worked in a large group, always based on previous readings of scientific articles, books or recommended reports. Once analyzed by the students, these resources will be the object of reflection and joint discussion, aiming at the synthesis of key ideas.

Afterwards, students will be divided into group according to their subject area of interest and will work the objectives,
competences and contents above in the area of mathematics, OR physics, OR chemistry OR astronomy, OR biology, OR geology. They will work on an individual or group project with teacher tutoring in the correspondent area.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 5,00
Prova oral 25,00
Trabalho escrito 70,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

2/3 attendance.

Calculation formula of final grade

I - Development of a reflexive synthesis based on the fundamental contents addressed.
II - Development and presentation of a project proposal (individual or group) on scientific communication in the disciplinary area.

Evaluation formula:
A - 70% for tasks (I-30% + II-40%)
B - 25% for final presentation and discussion of the task II.
C- 5% presential participation

The final score for each student will be: 0,70 x A + 0,25 x B + 0,05 x C
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