• 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 William Grant
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course SCOM6004
  • Offered in Summer Session 2017
    First Semester 2017
    Autumn Session 2017
    Winter Session 2017
    Second Semester 2017
    Spring Session 2017
    See Future Offerings

The aim of this course is to use an internship experience to enable students to apply their science communication knowledge, skills and principles within a professional organisation. Students will be placed in a government, education, industry or NGO organisation for approximately one day per week, and will produce science communication materials, science communication events and/or other science communication outputs. Students will experience a real-life science communication workplace and understand how their science communication and professional skills and knowledge can be utilised there. They will also be able to demonstrate functioning science communication knowledge, both new and existing, and identify areas of further development for their future careers.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of an internship, students will be able to demonstrate the following outcomes:
• The ability to apply existing science communication knowledge, principles and skills in similar or new situations (LO1),
• The ability to identify when new science communication knowledge or skills are required, to seek appropriate mentorship and assistance to develop these, and then to apply them (LO2),
• The ability to work effectively, respectfully and productively with others in real-life workplace situations - whether those others be students, science communicators, persons at the host organisation or other stakeholders (LO3), and
• An understanding of workplace-based learning processes through critical reflection on the internship experience (LO4).

Other Information

Students would generally be expected to be on track to complete a Science Communication major or minor, and/or to have extensive experience in extra-curricular science communication activities. Students new to science communication will not be eligible for the course. The course convener will determine whether the student has adequate experience to participate in the course.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be negotiated between internship manager, student and host organisation, but will typically consist of:
• 50% Diligent attendance at host organisation on agreed upon days or half days, and participation in appropriate-level science communication activities at that organisation. A verbal or written report from the host organisation supervisor will be solicited to comment on this aspect. (LO1)
• 20% Active participation in training sessions with the course convener and group during the semester/session, to practice essential science communication skills, receive mentorship from skilled science communicators, and debrief about the ongoing experience. (LO2)
• 10% Effective, respectful and productive working relationships with others in the course, people at the host organisation and any other stakeholders. A verbal or written report from the host organisation supervisor will be solicited to comment on this aspect, along with the course convener's personal observations. (LO3)
• 20% One or more written reflections during the semester, and/or a written report or presentation at its conclusion, reflecting on the internship experience. (LO4)
All four elements must be satisfactorily completed to pass the course.

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Workload

120-150 hours per semester. Exact terms of attendance at host organisation to be negotiated.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SCOM6004

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 would generally be expected to be on track to complete a Science Communication major or minor, and/or to have extensive experience in extra-curricular science communication activities. Students new to science communication will not be eligible for the course. The course convener will determine whether the student has adequate experience to participate in the course.

Majors

Minors

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 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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
1541 01 Jan 2017 20 Jan 2017 20 Jan 2017 31 Mar 2017 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3697 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5493 01 Apr 2017 21 Apr 2017 21 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017 In Person

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6535 01 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 30 Sep 2017 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8695 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9479 01 Oct 2017 20 Oct 2017 20 Oct 2017 31 Dec 2017 In Person

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