• Code SCOM3003
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lindy Orthia
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
    First Semester 2016
    Autumn Session 2016
    Winter Session 2016
    Second Semester 2016
    Spring Session 2016
    See Future Offerings

In this course, academics at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science can offer supervision for an original research project to motivated third year students. Students will devise their own science communication research project in collaboration with the supervisor, or can pursue a topic already offered by the supervisor.

If the work produced is of a sufficient standard, students may be offered the opportunity to co-publish it with their supervisor.

This is an Honours Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Plan and engage in a critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic
2. Identify and engage with relevant theory and concepts, relate these to the agreed upon methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions
3. Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources
4. Appropriately apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data
5. Understand and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources
6. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Other Information

Available to third year students undertaking the Bachelor of Science (Science Communication) or a Science Communication Major who are deemed by the course convenor or undergraduate convenor to have achieved a sufficient academic standard in science communication courses. A supervisor must also be available to take the project on: students are advised to speak to potential supervisors early to ensure this is possible.

Indicative Assessment

The main piece of assessment is a report on an original research project, in the style of a journal paper. The report will be about 8000 words long, depending on the project. This will be worth between 70% and 100% of the mark.

The exact assessment requirements will be negotiated each semester or session between students and course convenor, and may include a seminar presentation, project proposal, research log book or other piece of assessment, as appropriate to the project.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Contact hours to be negotiated. Students are expected to work on the project for 10 hours per week (6 unit enrolment) or 20 hours per week (12 unit enrolment).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have some experience in and knowledge of:

• social science research skills including content analysis, survey design, interview techniques and focus group management.

• history, theory and principles of science communication.

• the practice of science communication, both written and verbal, as well as experience supporting this communication through props, visual aids, multimedia products, and so on.

• the design of science communication research projects, including framing research questions and choosing appropriate methods.

Majors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 to 12 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $546 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $728 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1517 01 Jan 2016 22 Jan 2016 22 Jan 2016 31 Mar 2016 In Person
1714 01 Jan 2016 22 Jan 2016 22 Jan 2016 31 Mar 2016 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3379 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person
4425 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5486 01 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 30 Jun 2016 In Person
5643 01 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 22 Apr 2016 30 Jun 2016 In Person

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6506 01 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 30 Sep 2016 In Person
6708 01 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 22 Jul 2016 30 Sep 2016 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8285 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person
9440 18 Jul 2016 29 Jul 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016 In Person

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9468 01 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 31 Dec 2016 In Person
9599 01 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 21 Oct 2016 31 Dec 2016 In Person

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