• 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr William Grant
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Scientific thought has been enormously successful in offering explanations of the world and universe in which we live.  Together with its technological applications, science has set humans on the moon, eradicated diseases like smallpox and enabled people to communicate across distances previously thought impossible.  Indeed, science now influences the way most of us think about almost every aspect of our lives.

Yet while science has become ever more integral to our lives, many people have become less trusting of scientists and other authorities.  Scientists now operate in an environment in which they must always strive for credibility – explaining to donors why their research should be funded; talking with the public to ensure that their research both benefits and is embraced by society.

All this means that good science communication skills are becoming ever more valued in the workplace. The aim of Practical Skills for Communicating Science (SCOM2001) is to help equip you with these skills.  

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of the course students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand and describe good science communication principles
  2. Employ good organisational techniques to work together on a large project
  3. Employ critical thinking to design and guide own learning
  4. Appraise and critique the work of others
  5. Design visual aids based on appropriate Science Communication techniques
  6. Discuss and critique Science Communication principles in a written form
  7. Develop and deliver appropriate verbal presentations

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Attendance and participation (10%; LO2)
  • Conference organisational role (10%; LO2, 3)
  • Preliminary conference organisation reports (2 x 5%; LO2, 4)
  • Post conference report (10%; LO2, 4)
  • Paper on a science communication topic (20%; LO1, 6)
  • Poster / PowerPoint on a science communication topic (10%; LO1, 5)
  • Peer assessment of Poster / Powerpoint on a science communication topic (10%, LO1, 4)
  • Conference presentation (20%, LO1, 7)

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3 hours of workshop per week, plus additional tutorials as necessary.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of Courses which also include 24 units of 1000 level Courses.




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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3427 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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