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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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Renewable Energy & Control Systems

Course Code(s):  5M5010 CI061RE
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course Code 5M5010 CI061RE
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is aimed at those who wish to embark on a course of study leading to a career in renewable energy or a manufacturing environment. Renewable energy (RE) has seen rapid development in the last five years worldwide, especially in the area of wind turbines and small scale domestic systems.

This course will enable students to develop an understanding of sustainability issues and renewable energy systems, to examine the role of microprocessor control in industry, and to design and build a control system which requires a number of inputs and outputs. Students will develop knowledge, skills and competence in areas such as solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal and domestic wind turbine system specification and control systems used in industry.

What will you Study?

Renewable Energy Systems 5N4975
Communications 5N0690
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Building Construction 5N1570
Word Processing 5N1358
Control Systems 5N1437
Electronics 5N1606
Mathematics 5N1833
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
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