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It was an okay subject but the marking was really harsh for the lab report. The lectures were only seven to twenty minutes long with a max of five lectures a week so you could finish a weeks worth in a day. While the lectures were interesting and fun to watch the group project was not well structured and it was hard to understand what was required of us. This unit has important skills for the future regardless of what major but would not recommend as a GPA booster since it's hard to get a HD.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2021

I swear this was such a boring unit, the 2-hour labs left me feeling and looking DEAD. Overall, this unit teaches you skills that would be useful in other science units, but I wouldn't recommend taking this unit unless you have to as it's quite difficult to get an HD in this unit.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

The lecturer was amazing and this unit is one of the science units that require minimal effort to pass with flying colours/excellent grades. It was such an easy unit that you should take it if you are in need of a GPA boost!

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

This unit is super helpful for teaching you how to reference. It also has no exam which is a nice bonus. As of 2018, the unit comprises of three main assignments: 3 min speech, 1500 word essay, and main group project which is where the whole tut is one large group and you have to plan an event. You also have to do other smaller tasks online, which come with tutorials which are easy to do. The 2-hour labs definitely felt draining and were useless towards the end. The 1500 word report was also a little bit frustrating because the instructions the lecturer would give and the tut would give were conflicting.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Great unit. Patrick is a fantastic lecturer. The report writing, presentation skills and computer application skills you learn are so useful for all science units you do, I feel as though the skills from this unit have significantly benefited my other units, I highly recommend this unit even if it's not a complimentary unit of your major. A distinction is easy to achieve if you do all the tiny online assessment tasks as they all add up, but I will say a HD is almost impossible.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

This Communicating Science unit useful to take in your first year of uni as assignments cover basic skills needed in other science units. However, it was so incredibly boring.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019

This unit was definitely helpful in regards to teaching you some skills you will use throughout uni e.g. Referencing, Excel etc. but honestly was pretty boring. The tutes dragg on and are pretty unnecessary and i honestly wouldn't recommend going to the lectures- listen to them online so you can speed them up because their a pretty big waste of time. Make sure you chose a good theme at the start because it will be used for all assessments.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Appreciated the lack of an exam. Assignments were relatively easy, but having to choose a theme for the presentation based on a majority vote was restricting. Tutorial content was often dull, and the tutor and people were the only reason I kept going back,

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

Marking for assignments was quite harsh. They made each tutorial group choose a theme (based on majority vote so unfair to those who didn't want the chosen theme) that carried through every assignment for the whole unit. The lectures dragged on a bit and some had no relevance to the unit at all (too many lectures for the amount of content covered). Some good information on how to write a scientific report and use endnote for bibliographies.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018

I did learn a bit about the use of endnote and had a fairly brief intro to essay writing but that was it. Tutorials were boring, and the last group assignment was based on your whole class so if you were stuck in a class with people who didn't know what they were doing, that would drag down your mark too.

Anonymous, Semester 1, 2017