• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Graham Walker
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2019
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Science communication and outreach programs employ a range of methods to engage audiences, deliver impact and communicate science. From capacity building programs in the developing world to science puppet shows for early learners, science communicators employ different methods, often to better engage with underserviced audiences, create impact and social change, and explore topics in more intriguing ways. As part of this, they need to be skilled at conceiving ideas, logistics and program planning, ‘selling’ their ideas and securing funding, running events and evaluating their success. In this course, you’ll come up with a novel program idea, trial it, report on your trial and then learn how to win funding for it through grant applications and a presented ‘pitch’. This course is about creating your own original science communication project. It represents an authentic opportunity to develop real-world skills that allow your ideas to become realities. As you’ll discover in your future science communication careers, if you want to pursue your passions, your goals and your ideas, skills to develop them and just as importantly get them funded are critical. Many past students’ ideas have turned into actual, fully funded, real-world ongoing projects that have had national and global impacts, so don’t underestimate what you might achieve if you make the most of it! If you choose, this can be so much more than just another assignment.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Critically appraise different formats for communicating science;
  2. Examine the process of conceiving, developing, delivering and evaluating science communication programs;
  3. Apply this process to create novel science communication programs;
  4. Analyse and reflect on science communication programs, including conveying this via various oral and written formats.

Indicative Assessment

Concept brief 5% (LO1, 3)
Polished Program Plan 25% (LO1, 2, 3)
Program Trial
Program Trial Report 35% (LO4)
Grant Application 25% (LO1, 2)
Boardroom Presentations 10% (LO4)

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Workload

3 day introductory intensive 9-11 July 2019, 5 x 2 hour lectures, plus additional tutorials and meetings as necessary. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with SCOM8007 or SCOM3007.

Assumed Knowledge

12 units of 1000 level SCOM courses, and/or 12 units of SCOM 6000/8000 level SCOM courses, and/or experience conducting science communication/outreach projects

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. 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:
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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6762 08 Jul 2019 02 Aug 2019 02 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person N/A

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