HFEL8000 - Communicating Science: audiences, purposes and conventions


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The course provides an introduction to and practical training in effective communication of own research to important audiences in academic and non-academic contexts (such as journals, user groups, funding agencies, and the general public).

Learning outcome


The student

- has advanced knowledge of required conventions in scientific abstracts, articles, and grant applications

- is aware of principles of Open Access publishing at NTNU

- has knowledge of effective techniques in science journalism and outreach


The student

- can describe his/her own research in few sentences to both experts and non-experts (pitch)

- can write a scientific abstract

- can write a blog for a user group to engage interest in his/her own research

- can write a piece for the general public that effectively communicates his/her own research

- uses language and style appropriate for the target audience

Learning methods and activities

28 hours of lectures/seminar/group work over two 2-day sessions. Attendance is obligatory on all course days. Submission of drafts of three course products: one scientific abstract, a blog post (for a user group) and an opinion piece (for the general public)

Compulsory assignments

  • Drafts of three written course products
  • Attendance is obligatory

Further on evaluation

The examination assignment consists of final versions of the three course products. All compulsory activities must be approved before the student may take the exam.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Nygaard, L. P. (2009) Writing for Scholars: A Practical Guide to Making Sense and Being Heard. Universitetsforlaget. Cargill, M. & P. O’Connor (2013) Writing Scientific Articles. Wiley-Blackwell. Invited talks and other course materials will be available on Blackboard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MN8000 3.0 AUTUMN 2017
SMED8005 3.0 AUTUMN 2019
MH8000 0.5 AUTUMN 2020
HFEL8001 3.0 AUTUMN 2021
SMED8007 3.0 AUTUMN 2021
NRS8004 1.0 AUTUMN 2021
NRSN8001 0.5 AUTUMN 2021
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  3.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Applied Linguistics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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