- Code SCOM3501
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
Some activities that form part of this course can be taken remotely or on-campus in Sem 2 2020. Check timetable for details. Group limits may apply.
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.
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:
- Explain the difference between a strategy and a tactic
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between a strategic foundation and tactics in communication planning
- Apply evidence-based knowledge to strategic planning
- Evaluate the approach taken by current science communication strategies
- Generate elements of communication strategies and tactical plans
- Verbally present strategies and tactical plans to organisation managers and executives.
Indicative AssessmentReview of a science organisation’s communication strategy (35%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
Identification and evaluation of tactical planning aspects of a communication strategy (35%; LO 1, 2, 5)
Presentation of review summary to a simulated high level executive or project steering committee (30%; LO 6)
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This course requires students to attend a week
intensive course (35 hrs) in person. The other coursework requirements can be
completed online. The intensive week is held in the September teaching break
each year. There may be some short online tutorials or pre-reading before the
intensive week, and students will complete the assessment in the weeks or
months after the intensive week. See http://cpas.anu.edu.au/study/short-courses/anu-scom-intensive-course-schedule
for exact dates.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Assumed KnowledgeSCOM1001 and SCOM1002 are recommended. Students must have completed 18 units of 2000 level courses to obtain a permission code.
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- 6 units
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