• 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 SCOM6017
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This is a practical course which aims to develop students' science event organisation, delivery and evaluation skills. The emphasis is on presenting science live, in a range of ways driven by theory and best practice, to a relevant general audience. Students learn to consider a relevant audience, and to design, plan, market, deliver and evaluate a science communication event relevant to that audience.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand and describe good public science communication principles
  2. Employ good organisational and decision-making techniques to work as part of a group on a large project
  3. Employ critical thinking to design and guide own learning
  4. Drawing on science communication theory and best practice, pitch, design, plan, deliver and evaluate a public science communication event.
  5. Appraise and critique the work of self and others

Indicative Assessment

  • External Event Review (10%, LO1, 5)
  • Individual science event pitch (10%, LO1, 3)
  • Group event pitch (20%, LO1, 2, 3, 5)
  • Progress report (10%, LO2, 3, 5)
  • Public science communication event (30%, LO1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Post event report (20%, (LO2, 3, 5)

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Workload

4 hours of face to face class time per week (2 hours lecture, 2 hours workshop) plus private study and groupwork.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students must have completed 18 units of 2000 level courses or obtain a permission code from the convener. Incompatibility: SCOM2001, SCOM6017

Assumed Knowledge

SCOM1001 and SCOM1002 are recommended.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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

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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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4834 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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