• 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 2016
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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)

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.


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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of any courses, or have permission from the convenor.

Assumed Knowledge

SCOM1001 and SCOM1002




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:
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
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2834 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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