• 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
    • Dr Graham Walker
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2021
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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, and report on your trial. 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 or other 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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 written formats.

Other Information

In 2020 the face to face component will be delivered from 7-10 July with a follow-up session during semester.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Concept brief (10) [LO 1,3]
  2. Polished Program Plan (35) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Program Trial Report (55) [LO 4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:

  • Face-to face 4 day intensive component in July plus lectures/meetings during semester.
  • Approximately 90 hours of self-study which will include preparation for the face to face component, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with SCOM8007 and SCOM6007.

Prescribed Texts

N/A

Assumed Knowledge

18 units of 2000 level SCOM courses, and/or experience conducting science communication/outreach/engagement projects, or public science programs/events

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
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4348 01 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 30 Sep 2021 In Person N/A

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