• 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

This is a practical course which aims to develop students' science event organisation, delivery and evaluation skills. The emphasis is on presenting science live, in a range of ways driven by theory and best practice, to a relevant general audience. Students learn to consider a relevant audience, and to design, plan, market, deliver and evaluate a science communication event relevant to that audience.

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. Understand and describe good public science communication principles
  2. Employ good organisational and decision-making techniques to work as part of a group on a large project
  3. Employ critical thinking to design and guide own learning
  4. Drawing on science communication theory and best practice, pitch, design, plan, deliver and evaluate a public science communication event.
  5. Appraise and critique the work of self and others

Indicative Assessment

  • External Event Review (10%, LO1, 5)
  • Individual science event pitch (10%, LO1, 3)
  • Group event pitch (20%, LO1, 2, 3, 5)
  • Progress report (10%, LO2, 3, 5)
  • Public science communication event (30%, LO1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Post event report (20%, (LO2, 3, 5)

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4 hours of face to face class time per week (2 hours lecture, 2 hours workshop) plus private study and groupwork.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Students must have completed 18 units of 2000 level courses or obtain a permission code from the convener. Incompatibility: SCOM2001, SCOM6017

Assumed Knowledge

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
4649 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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