- Code SCOM8004A
- Unit Value 12 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
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Graham Walker
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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Students in this course develop their science communication skills while training for and touring with the Shell Questacon Science Circus. The course includes experience in the development of science presentations and workshops, the presentation of science shows to audiences of all ages (with an emphasis on school-age audiences), the presentation of teacher development workshops, explaining science and exhibits to members of the public, promotion of a science outreach program, the operation of a travelling science exhibition, and the coordination of activities while on tour.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain science and technology concepts to audiences of varied ages and backgrounds, including school students, teachers, general public, remote communities and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.
- Design and deliver science shows, resource materials and workshops on science and technology topics, including considering their relevance and tailoring to diverse audiences based on aspects such as age, geography, context and culture – including Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures.
- Efficiently and effectively function as a team, as well as have an understanding of group dynamics and some experience in small team management.
- Operate an outreach education program (including a travelling science exhibition).
- Implement a media campaign to promote a travelling science outreach program.
- Formalised rating by convener, other staff and peers of professionalism, communication and teamwork skills developed while touring in the Shell Questacon Science Circus. (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Science presentations analysis - written critique (10) [LO 1,2,4]
- Science presentations development - written report (15) [LO 1,2]
- Science presentations - video recordings (25) [LO 1,2]
- Documentation of new props and demos creation process (concept note, risk management worksheet, written report and video) (15) [LO 1,2,4]
- Cross-cultural and indigenous communication (written plan and justification - 10%, oral debrief - 5%). (15) [LO 1,2,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 260 hours in Semester 1 and 260 hours in Semester 2 (as it continues into SCOM8004B) including (per semester):
- Face-to face component which may consist of show instruction, development and safety training, workshop/exhibit facilitation, cultural awareness training, teacher Professional Learning (PL) and touring to a total of approximately 160 hours.
- Approximately 100 hours of self-study which will include preparation for workshops, demonstrations, tour activity and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
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