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April 7, 2022


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Effective communication is essential in science, but do you ever wonder whether articles written about science in the news are thorough, unambiguous and objective? Rigorous assessment is at the heart of good science. This free course, Assessing contemporary science, will introduce methods of examining reports and reaching the ‘science behind the news’.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate statements, different viewpoints and data to reach informed judgements based on scientific evidence
  • Understand key aspects of areas of scientific knowledge that have personal relevance
  • Understand some of the wider implications associated with any scientific investigation
  • Have an appreciation of current thinking on uncertainty, ambiguities and the limits of scientific knowledge
  • Deploy transferable skills in assessing contemporary science.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:10:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:10:00
  • Why science matters 00:15:00
    • What is contemporary science? 00:20:00
    • The applications of contemporary science 00:20:00
    • Perspectives on contemporary science 00:30:00
    • How contemporary science works 00:15:00
    • Communicating contemporary science 00:25:00
    • Interpreting science news 00:20:00
    • Introducing plastics in society 00:15:00
    • Some aspects of the science of plastics 00:20:00
    • Preparing a glossary 00:15:00
    • Evaluating reported information 00:15:00
    • The PROMPT criteria 00:20:00
    • Applying PROMPT to an online article 00:15:00
    • Scientific research continues to develop 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00

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