BMS105 Science Communication and Methodology (8)

This subject is designed to provide a firm foundation for developing skills in scientific communication. Students will learn academic, information, and digital literacy skills as well as numeracy skills relevant to their discipline of study. The subject will also introduce students to critical analysis of the scientific literature and the scientific method. This subject will also raise awareness in students to professional and ethical issues relating to health and medical sciences.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Orange Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS105. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to express and apply communication skills appropriate for health and medical science
  • be able to demonstrate information, digital and academic literacy and numeracy skills appropriate for health and medical sciences
  • be able to describe and apply the scientific method as it applies to the featured disciplines
  • be able to critically analyse a scientific paper
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of professional and ethical issues related to health and medical science, including research


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Communication skills: library familiarisation, literature searches, written communication, scientific report writing; academic literacy skills including referencing and issues of plagiarism.
  • The scientific method and an introduction to experimental design (including critical analysis of the scientific literature)
  • Laboratory mathematics including introductory data management and presentation
  • Principles of safe work practices and philosophy in laboratories and other workplaces
  • Professional and ethical issues: patient confidentiality, patenting, research ethics, professional development, professional associations and membership.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.