• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Merryn Bryant
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2014
    Second Semester 2014
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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

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

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 current issues in journalism
  4. Explain statistical pitfalls in reporting
  5. Differentiate the communication needs of various audiences
  6. Evaluate the suitability of topics for different media, and examine and select appropriate background material for a story
  7. Develop a press release
  8. Create an article with structure suitable for a newspaper or magazine

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, 6)
  • Conducting individual and/or group research on an agreed topic analyzing an aspect of science, the media and public perception (50% - LO1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Writing news articles based on recently published scientific research (20% - LO1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8)
  • Event promotion (20% - LO1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)

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    Workload

    One three hour workshop per week and one x one hour tutorial per fortnight

    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. 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:
    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
    1994-2003 $1650
    2004 $2160
    2005 $2298
    2006 $2298
    2007 $2298
    2008 $2916
    2009 $2916
    2010 $2916
    2011 $2946
    2012 $2946
    2013 $2946
    2014 $2946
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    1994-2003 $3606
    2004 $3618
    2005 $3618
    2006 $3618
    2007 $3618
    2008 $3618
    2009 $3618
    2010 $3750
    2011 $3756
    2012 $3756
    2013 $3756
    2014 $3762
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

    The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
    Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

    Autumn Session

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    4601 01 Apr 2014 18 Apr 2014 18 Apr 2014 30 Jun 2014 In Person N/A

    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    7421 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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