• 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 Michael Gore
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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This is a practical course which aims to develop public speaking skills. The emphasis is on presenting science live to a general audience. Students learn to adapt presentation skills for different audiences, different aims, diverse scientific content and various time limits. Specialist training will also be given by a professional performer to provide skills in acting techniques applicable to public speaking.

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. Apply practical science communication techniques in presenting scientific information
  2. to a high standard
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the issues involved in presenting scientific information to diverse audiences
  4. Design and develop verbal presentations for specific audiences and timeframes on scientific topics
  5. Work as part of a team in a collaborative environment
  6. Conduct research into practical aspects of science communication.

Indicative Assessment

  • 5 minute verbal review of popular science book (20%, LO 1,2,3)
  • 10 minute presentation on scientific topic of choice (20%, LO 1,2,3)
  • 50 minute, research-based group presentation on a specified science communication scenario (20%, LO 1,2,3,4,5)
  • 15 minute presentation about recent scientific research (40%, LO 1,2,3,5)

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3 hours of face to face class time per week plus independent study and presentation practice.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units of any courses, or have permission from the convener. Incompatible with SCOM2001 Practical Skills for Communicating Science or SCOM6015, except with permission of the convener.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to be familiar with an area of science, to use as the basis for their assessment and class practice activities. SCOM1001 and SCOM1002 are recommended.




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

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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
2017 $3444
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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
4653 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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