233045 SE Science Communication (2020S)
STS Approaches to Theory, Practice, and Analysis
- Registration is open from Mo 03.02.2020 09:00 to Su 23.02.2020 23:59
- Registration is open from We 26.02.2020 09:00 to We 11.03.2020 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Tu 31.03.2020 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Active participation in classes and in group work. Students should come prepared to discuss three key points from each of the set readings.
Develop, as part of a group, a science communication product such as a feature article, podcast, video, or exhibition plan which tells an STS-inflected story about science and which is suitable for a public audience.
Submit a personal portfolio of examples of science communication collected throughout the course period, of which one instance is subject to an extended analysis that draws on STS literature and themes. The portfolio can be submitted in whatever format the student chooses (Facebook page, blog, text file) but the analysis should be in written form and approximately 3,000 words.This course uses the plagiarism-detection service Turnitin for larger assignments.
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
The maximum number of points to be acquired for each task is:Active class participation: 20 points, assessed individually,
Science communication product: 30 points, assessed as group work,
feedback by lecturer and peers in class;
Portfolio and analysis: 50 points, assessed individually, feedback on request;Minimum requirements
A minimum of 50 points is necessary to successfully complete the course. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may result in a deduction of points.Grades
100-87 points Excellent (1)
86-75 points Good (2)
74-63 points Satisfactory (3)
62-50 points Sufficient (4)
49-0 points Unsatisfactory (5) (fail)Attendance
Presence and participation is compulsory. Absences of four hours at maximum are tolerated, provided that the lecturer is informed about the absence. Absences of up to eight hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of grading points or/and extra work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer.
Absences of more than eight hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than four hours, the course cannot be completed and is graded as a ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfil the attendance requirements on the student’s side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.Important Grading Information
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme and the attendance regulations must be met. If a required task is not fulfilled, e.g. a required assignment is not handed in or if the student does not meet the attendance requirements, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.
If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’. Self-plagiarism, particularly re-using own work handed in for other courses, will be treated likewise.