- Code SCOM6016
- 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
This course examines the roles and relationships between science, the media and society. Topics covered include:
- The style in which science is reported in the media, and how this is influenced by external, contextual factors
- How to effectively communicate science using the media
- An in–depth research project on a chosen topic of interest that analyses the coverage and treatment of science in the media and society.
This is a skills-based course, the aim of which is to train students in the production of material suitable for publication or broadcast in the popular media. Students will have opportunities to practice the skills of this course in ‘real life settings’ gaining valuable industry experience and contacts. The major research project is a combination of individual and group work, with the option of submitting the final work to a professional, peer reviewed journal for consideration for publication.
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:
- Identify and apply the processes involved in getting an issue into the media
- Apply the basics of print media production
- Discuss, and where appropriate explain, current issues in journalism
- Differentiate the communication needs of various audiences
- Evaluate the suitability of topics for different media, and examine and select appropriate background material for a story
Students enrolling in this course as part of a degree other than the Master of Science Communication or Master of Science Communication Outreach should contact the course convener first to discuss the course requirements.
Assessment for the course will be continuous throughout the semester and involve preparation of material suitable for publication or broadcast.
- Ongoing analysis of material in the media (10% - LO1, 3, 4, 5)
- Conducting individual and/or group research on an agreed topic analysing an aspect of science, the media and public perception (50% - LO1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Writing a news article based on recently published scientific research (15% - LO1, 2, 4, 5)
- Event Promotion (25% - LO1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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One three hour workshop per week and one x one hour tutorial per fortnight plus 6-7 hours study time per week; OR intensive week (40 hours) plus 90 hours of online study and assessment.
The intensive version of this course requires students
to attend a week intensive course in person. The other coursework requirements
can be completed online. The intensive week is held in the April 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
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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