- Code SCOM8004
- 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
Second Semester 2021
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Students in this course develop their science communication skills while training for and touring with the 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 traveling science exhibition, and the coordination of activities while on tour.
SCOM8004 must be taken in two consecutive semesters encompassing a single placement.
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 traveling science exhibition).
- Science presentations analysis - written critique (15) [LO 1,2,4]
- Science presentations development - written report (15) [LO 1,2]
- Science presentations - video recordings (25) [LO 1,2]
- Documentation of new equipment and demonstration creation process (design and manufacture of equipment, concept note, risk management worksheet, written report and video) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Workshop facilitation including cross-cultural and indigenous communication (written plan - 10%, diary - 10% and oral debrief - 5%). (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 260 hours in Semester 1 and 260 hours in Semester 2 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.
During this course, which is a requirement to complete the Master of Science Communication Outreach, students learn skills associated with science outreach activities. This includes:
- Presenting interactive science shows, exhibitions and workshops for schools and the public
- Safely demonstrating hands-on science experiments and activities
- Monitoring activities for potential hazards and to identify participants’ needs
Students who cannot meet these requirements will not be able to pass compulsory assessment tasks and therefore will not be able to pass the course.
During this course, students must participate in work-integrated learning in the form of science outreach tours organised by our partner Questacon. In order to participate in the tours, students must be able to:
- Travel to, and stay in, regional and remote locations for outreach trips supported by teaching staff and Questacon, each approximately 3-4 weeks in duration
- Obtain ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration and pass additional checks for other States and Territories as deemed appropriate by the Program Convenor
Students who cannot complete these requirements will not be able to participate in the work-integrated learning tours and therefore cannot pass the course.
Students are also typically expected to contribute to the practical operation of the outreach tours by:
- Assisting to set-up and pack down equipment
- Driving vehicles, which requires a current full or P2 driver's licence
Students who cannot meet these requirements will need to have an exemption approved by the program convenor. As this cannot be guaranteed in all circumstances, students are strongly encouraged to discuss their circumstances with the program convenor before submitting an application to the Master of Science Communication Outreach.
Please see the trip information page for more information.
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.
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- 12 units
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7239||26 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021||31 Aug 2021||29 Oct 2021||In Person||N/A|