• 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
    • Prof Joan Leach
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course highlights the problems commonly encountered by those of the public who have not 'succeeded' in science or suffered from poor early experiences.
The course content includes:
  • Aspects of gender and multiculturalism
  • Language in science, misconceptions and analogies
  • Current developments in science communication
  • Research in science communication.

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. Demonstrate understanding of the problems of communicating science to the public
2. Demonstrate understanding of the implications of the theory of constructivism
3. Describe his or her own way of learning
4. Evaluate and discuss the influences of gender and culture
5. Describe the effect of the evolution of the public awareness movement nationally and internationally
6. Design a science communication artefact for a specified audience
7. Conduct independent research, analysis and synthesis
8. Present information appropriately to a prescribed audience

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Portfolio evidence (50%, LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Production of a science communication artefact (10%, LO 1, 2, 6, 8)
  • Research assignment (15%, LO 7, 8)
  • Topic presentation (20%, LO 8)
  • Analysis of seminars (5%, LO 7, 8)

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2 hour seminar weekly, plus 8 hours of content delivery and study time per week, including lecture and reading material

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with SCOM8014

You will need to contact the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3736 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person N/A

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