• 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 Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr William Grant
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course SCOM3004
  • Offered in Summer Session 2018
    First Semester 2018
    Autumn Session 2018
    Winter Session 2018
    Second Semester 2018
    Spring Session 2018
    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, and to research them appropriately and then apply them (LO2),
• The ability to integrate different kinds of science communication knowledge, principles and skills to particular workplace needs (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 enrolled in a postgraduate degree in science communication. Students new to the discipline 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:
• 80% Diligent attendance at host organisation on agreed upon 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, LO2, LO3)
• 20% A written report at its conclusion, critically reflecting on the internship experience. (LO4)
Both 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 SCOM3004

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 enrolled in a postgraduate degree in science communication. Students new to the discipline will not be eligible for the course. The course convener will determine whether the student has adequate experience to participate in the course.

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
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

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1542 01 Jan 2018 19 Jan 2018 19 Jan 2018 31 Mar 2018 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3698 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5494 01 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 30 Jun 2018 In Person

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6536 01 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 30 Sep 2018 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8696 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9480 01 Oct 2018 19 Oct 2018 19 Oct 2018 31 Dec 2018 In Person

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