CATEGORY: VCE 3 & 4 Biology, VCE 3 & 4 Chemistry, VCE 3 & 4 Environmental Science, VCE 3 & 4 Physics, 9-10, VCE 1 & 2, VCE 3 & 4, VCE 1 & 2 Biology, VCE 1 & 2 Chemistry, VCE 1 & 2 Environmental Science, VCE 1 & 2 Physics

Scientific Posters

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

Science poster creation is an important skill for scientists wishing to summarize their research findings at conferences .  They are intended to attract discussion or future funding for extended research.  In this course Year 10 & VCE students can learn how to explore and apply poster design principles to communicate and explain scientific ideas. Students will explore the steps involved in designing a poster correctly by working through a series of interactive activities.  A number of VCE Study Designs contain specifications for the production of scientific posters.   This course is designed to support student interpretation of these fundamentals when designing their own posters for assessment and submission.

Background information:

“The cardinal sin of every poster I’ve seen, including the posters I’ve designed myself, is that they assume people are going to stand there and read our posters in silence for 10 straight minutes, following the order of the sections we’ve laid out.”
(Source: YouTube/Mike Morrison Morrison, Ph.D. Michigan State University)

What are the fundamentals of design for a quality poster? This course will introduce you to these and invites you to critically explore a number of examples.  The course is divided up into sections.

Year Level: 10 – 12

Prior knowledge:

There is no prior knowledge necessary.

Course Connection:

Does this course link to other Ecolinc programs?

This course is a stand alone learning experience in preparation for VCE scientific poster development.

Learning Intentions:

In this program, the students will:

  1. Become familiar with the steps involved in developing an effective scientific poster.
  2. Critically evaluate a poster.
  3. Determine the best way to display different types of data.

Estimated Duration: 60 Mins (This course is divided up into sections.  Each section will take you around 20 minutes to complete.)

Victorian Curriculum:

Science – Communicating

  • Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (VCSIS140)

Course Development: Jo Tate