- Code SCOM6007
- 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
SCOM6007 has been adjusted for remote participants in 2021. The intensive component will be delivered 6-9 Jul. On campus attendance is preferable.
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, report on your trial and then learn how to win funding for it through grant applications. 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 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. Many past students’ ideas have turned into actual, fully funded, real-world ongoing projects that have had national and global impacts, so don’t underestimate what you might achieve if you make the most of it! If you choose, this can be so much more than just another assignment.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically appraise different formats for communicating science;
- Examine the process of conceiving, developing, delivering and evaluating science communication programs;
- Apply this process to create novel science communication programs;
- Analyse and reflect on science communication programs, including conveying this via various oral and written formats.
In 2020 the face to face component will be delivered from 7-10 July with a follow-up session during semester.
- Concept brief (5) [LO 1,3]
- Polished Program Plan (30) [LO 1,2,3]
- Program Trial Report (35) [LO 4]
- Grant Application (25) [LO 1,2]
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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.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
12 units of 1000 level SCOM courses, and/or 12 units of SCOM 6000/8000 level SCOM courses, and/or experience conducting science communication/outreach projects or public science programs/events
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