Course Title: 
Science Communication Techniques
Course Code: 
Year Taught: 
Postgraduate (PG)
School of Arts and Sciences

'Science Communication Techniques' is an elective course offered in the M. Phil. in Computer Science & IT (Part time) at School of Arts and Science, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.  

This course is for those who want to train as professional science communicators. Academic components provide a broad overview of the professional science communication landscape. The course includes print journalism, new media work, broadcast television or radio production and presentation.

Unit I:

Science Communication- an introduction- Professional scientific communication - History of science and technology communication theory, laws and ethics

Unit II:

Need for science communication - Importance and use of science communication, Sources of scientific information – books, scientific reports, scientific journals, magazines, feature syndicates, leaflets, tabloids, wall magazines, speeches, seminars, press releases, databases, encyclopedias on science, etc - Comparative study of science sections and supplements carried in Indian / foreign newspapers and science magazines.

Unit III:

Science Reporting and Writing- web designing- Computer Graphics, Formats in Science Communication - Multimedia - Concepts and Applications -Advertising - Public Relations

Unit IV:

Science Telecasting - Health Communication- Development Communication-Environmental Communication- Animation Concepts and design.

Unit V:

Science Broadcasting- New Media and Science Communication- Internet- Blogs- Alternative Media and Science Communication

Text Books:

  1. Anthony Wilson, “Handbook of Science Communication”, IOP
  2. Kahlor, LeeAnn, Communicating Science, Routledge Publishers


  1. Dubas O and Martel L, “Media Impact. A Research Study on Science Communication
  2. Vilanilam J.V., “Science Communication and Development”, Sage Publications, 1993
  3. Jane Gregory and Steve Miller, Science in Public: Communication, Culture, and Credibility, Plenum, New York, 1998.
  4. James G, Paradis and Muriel L. Zimmerman, The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication. MIT Press, UK, 2002.