• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr William Grant
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course SCOM3012
  • Offered in Winter Session 2018
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The internet and social media sit at the heart of the modern communication of scientific information. But are you using the web in the best possible ways to communicate?

 

This intensive course focuses on providing you with the skills and knowledge so you can triumph when using the internet to communicate your science.

 

Topics include writing for the web, using analytics, best social media engagement, video and podcasting, mapping and infographics, Wikipedia and the frontiers of social media.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will be able to:
1. Critically analyse the effectiveness of existing science communication on the web in terms of design, audience engagement and goal achievement.
2. Determine the most appropriate modes of web communication of science by analysing the nature of the content, the expected audience(s) and the desired outcomes.
3. In keeping with best practice principles, design and develop an effective science communication web presence using a variety of web tools.
4. Critically evaluate the successes of their web science communication activities against stated goals and metrics.
5. Provide useful and actionable feedback to others regarding web science communication activity.

Other Information

This course requires students to attend a week intensive course (35 hrs) in person. The other coursework requirements can be completed online. The intensive week is held in the June/July teaching break each year. There may be some short online tutorials or pre-reading before the intensive week, and students will complete the assessment in the weeks or months after the intensive week. See http://cpas.anu.edu.au/study/short-courses/anu-scom-intensive-course-schedule for exact dates.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will comprise:
Critique of a good web science communicator (5%) (LO1, LO2) (500 words)
Project pitch (verbal) (5%) (LO1, LO3)
Project pitch (written) (10%) (LO1, LO3) (1000 words)
Peer review of project pitches (10%) (LO5) (500 words)
Peer review of web presence (10%) (LO5) (500 words)
Web presence report (20%) (LO4) (2000 words)
Web presence (40%) (LO2, LO3)

Almost all of the assessment in this course focuses on the planning, building, delivery and evaluation of your (and your fellow students') web presence. Your web presence is a cohesive series of science communication artefacts delivered using existing web platforms, tailored to your goals and desired audience.

Note, this course shares similar assessment items with the co-taught undergraduate version of the course, but the postgraduate course will be assessed at a higher standard and requires lengthier / more contributions.

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

This course requires students to attend a week intensive course (35 hrs) in person. The other coursework requirements can be completed online. The intensive week is held in the June/July teaching break each year. There may be some short online tutorials or pre-reading before the intensive week, and students will complete the assessment in the weeks or months after the intensive week. See http://cpas.anu.edu.au/study/short-courses/anu-scom-intensive-course-schedule for exact dates.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed SCOM3012.

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

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6513 02 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 30 Sep 2018 In Person

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