• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
    Transitional
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Merryn McKinnon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course SCOM2016
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2018
    See Future Offerings

This course examines the roles and relationships between science, the media and society. Topics covered include:

  • The style in which science is reported in the media, and how this is influenced by external, contextual factors
  • How to effectively communicate science using the media
  • An in-depth research project on a chosen topic of interest that analyses the coverage and treatment of science in the media and society.

This is a skills-based course, the aim of which is to train students in the production of material suitable for publication or broadcast in the popular media. Students will have opportunities to practice the skills of this course in 'real life settings' gaining valuable industry experience and contacts. The major research project is a combination of individual and group work, with the option of submitting the final work to a professional, peer reviewed journal for consideration for publication.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and apply the processes involved in getting an issue into the media
  2. Apply the basics of print media production
  3. Discuss, and where appropriate explain, current issues in journalism
  4. Differentiate the communication needs of various audiences
  5. Evaluate the suitability of topics for different media, and examine and select appropriate background material for a story

Other Information

Students enrolling in this course as part of a degree other than the Master of Science Communication or Master of Science Communication Outreach should contact the course convener first to discuss the course requirements.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment for the course will be continuous throughout the semester and involve preparation of material suitable for publication or broadcast.

  • Ongoing analysis of material in the media (10% - LO1, 3, 4, 5)
  • Conducting individual and/or group research on an agreed topic analysing an aspect of science, the media and public perception (50% - LO1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Writing a news article based on recently published scientific research (15% - LO1, 2, 4, 5)
  • Event Promotion (25% - LO1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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

One three hour workshop per week and one x one hour tutorial per fortnight plus 6-7 hours study time per week; OR intensive week (40 hours) plus 90 hours of online study and assessment.

 

The intensive version of this course requires students to attend a week intensive course in person. The other coursework requirements can be completed online. The intensive week is held in the April 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

Incompatible with SCOM2016

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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5454 02 Apr 2018 01 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 30 Jun 2018 In Person

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