84406 - Communication with Scientific World

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Develop skills in communication of scientific knowledge, as well as competency in scientific presentation and writing

Course contents

  • Characteristics and expectations of effective in science and medicine
  • Scope, genres and audiences of scientific medical communication
  • Searching and citing the scientific and medical literature
  • Writing journal articles
  • Presenting research at conferences
  • Communicating research findings with the public and news media


  • Mogull S.A. Scientific and Medical Communication: A Guide for Effective Practice. 2017
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Yu H, Northcut KM. Scientific Communication: Practices, Theories, and Pedagogies. 2017 Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Kuehne LM, et al. Practical science communication strategies for graduate students. Conserv Biol 2014;28:1225-35.
  • Bynum D, Colford C, Royal K. Teaching medical students the art of the 'write-up'. Clin Teach 2015;12:246-9.
  • Barroga E, Mitoma H. Critical Thinking and Scientific Writing Skills of Non-Anglophone Medical Students: a Model of Training Course. J Korean Med Sci 2019;34:e18.

Teaching methods

The Communication with Scientific World class consist of 2 CFU of 16 hours of lectures supported by slides.

Attendance to learning activities is mandatory; the minimum attendance requirement to be admitted to the final exam is 60% of lessons held in the integrated course "84397 - Communication Tools". Students who fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement will not be admitted to the final exam of the course, and will have to attend relevant classes again during the next academic year.

Excused absences may be authorized upon receipt of proper justifying documentation, in case of illness or serious reasons. Excused absences do not count against a student’s attendance record to determine their minimum attendance requirement.

Assessment methods

Student learning will be assessed at the end of the Integrated Course "Communication Tools" by mixed multiple-choice and open questions (nr. 10 multiple-choice for Communications with Patients (A), n. 2 multiple-choice for Communications with Colleagues and Teamwork (B), n. 12 multiple choice for Communication with Scientific World (C)) in 30-minute test + plus an oral exam in A and B (if the written grade in AB is higher than 18).

Exam marks will be published after 7 days on AlmaEsami. The student can refuse the mark within 2 days from publication by emailing Prof. Mattarozzi from the institutional email address @studio.unibo.it, using “Refusal” as email object.

2 days after the publication, the acceptance of the final mark will be taken for granted and the grade will be recorded.

Marks below 18 (failing grades) will not be recorded.

In case of failure or refusal, students can retake the exam on the first available examination date.

Teaching tools

Teaching slides will be available online at Unibo e-learning website https://iol.unibo.it

Office hours

See the website of Mauro Bernardi