• Code SCOM8000
  • Unit Value 6 to 24 units
  • Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Lindy Orthia
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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The Master of Science Communication Research Project involves a substantive investigation of an approved topic in science communication.

Students devise their own science communication research project in collaboration with the supervisor, or can pursue a topic already offered by the supervisor. The project should be devised and conducted with journal publication in mind as the desired end goal.

The course can be taken as 18 or 24 units completed within a single semester, or two consecutive semesters. Students will complete a minimum of 18 units in this course, but students who hope to use the Master of Science Communication program as a stepping stone to higher degree research are advised to complete a total of 24 units. The course convener can advise on this decision.

  • The 18-unit version of the course entails a research project with a significant original component, aspiring to professional-level data collection and analysis, with ethics approval required for any human participant element. 
  • The 24-unit version of the course involves a research project as for the 18-unit version, plus compulsory research methods training. This training could involve completing specific, externally provided research training activities (such as the online courses offered by the Statistical Consulting Unit) to an acceptable standard, or completing a 4000 word literature review on relevant research methods to an acceptable standard, or similar. The research methods training is a hurdle requirement which doesn't contribute to the final mark, but has to be completed to pass the course. The course convener will set and assess this item, in consultation with the supervisor and student.

Students must discuss their project ideas with the course convener prior to enrolling in the course to ensure they enrol in the appropriate version and that an appropriate supervisor can be found.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic.
  2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources.
  4. Appropriately apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data.
  5. Understand and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources.
  6. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 5000-8000 word report on an original research project, in the style of a journal paper for the journal 'Public Understanding of Science'. (80) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. 800 ±10% word academic blog post written as if for 'The Conversation', communicating about the research project to a wider audience. (15) [LO 6]
  3. 5 short reflections spaced throughout the semester, answering set questions about the research process and experience. (5) [LO 6]
  4. For 24-unit version of course only: research methods training activity (hurdle requirement) (0) [LO 2,3,4]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Approximately 130 hours, per 6 units of enrolment, of total student learning time made up of independent student research, reading and writing. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with their supervisor and attend all supervisory meetings.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Master of Science Communication program.

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

Prescribed Texts

None

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 to 24 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
13.00 0.27083
14.00 0.29167
15.00 0.31250
16.00 0.33333
17.00 0.35417
18.00 0.37500
19.00 0.39583
20.00 0.41667
21.00 0.43750
22.00 0.45833
23.00 0.47917
24.00 0.50000
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
4226 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A
4328 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A
4329 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A
4330 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7240 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A
7348 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A
7350 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A
7349 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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