• 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
    • Lawrence Kirk
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2016
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This course focuses on the creation of clearer and more effective ways to communicate scientific matters to larger audiences. It provides participants with a thorough and practical understanding of the process used in developing a communication plan including the development of a strategic framework and accompanying action plan that allocates resources, responsibilities and timeframes. It has a strong emphasis on relating theory to current industry best practice in implementing a strategic approach to planning communication activities. The major project component is based around field work and evaluation of real life science communication strategies.

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. Explain the basics of communication and the difference between a strategy and a tactic
2. Understand the need to establish a strategic foundation (including definition of desired relationships) before planning communication tactics
3. Apply the knowledge provided by experiencing real life examples of how this approach to strategic planning has been used
4. Analyse the use of this approach to communication strategies by reviewing current science communication strategies
5. Evaluate the applicability of this approach by undertaking a detailed review of an existing Science Communication Strategy (review of both the strategic direction and also the tactics deployed)
6. Create a revised Communication Strategy and Tactical Plan on the strategy being reviewed and present this new plan to a "Board of Directors" in a role play

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Desktop review of a science-related communication strategy (35%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Identification and analysis of tactical planning aspects of a communication strategy (35%; LO 1, 2, 5)
  • Presentation of desktop assessment of findings of both previous assessment items, simulating a real life experience of presenting to a high level Executive or Project Steering Committee (30%; LO 6)

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Workload

Offered as a week intensive course (30 hrs) after three online tutorials. The intensive week will be held in September holidays each year, check with the Convener for final exact dates. 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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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
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6690 12 Sep 2016 09 Sep 2016 23 Sep 2016 17 Oct 2016 In Person N/A

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