- Code SCOM4019
- 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 Political Communication, Science Communication, Environmental Science
See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.
This course will provide students with an introduction to both quantitative and qualitative research methods as they relate to the fields of science communication and engagement. This will include, but not be limited to, surveys, interviews, content analysis, focus groups and social network analysis. The course has been structured to (i) provide students with an in-depth theoretical understanding of each research method, (ii) gain experience in designing actual research projects in the fields of science communication and engagement, and (iii) develop practical skills in data collection, analysis and interpretation. The course will also introduce students to the critical ethical considerations associated with undertaking scientific research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the role and importance of quantitative and qualitative scientific research methods within the context of science communication.
- Identify and critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative research methods within the scientific literature.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the challenges (both logistical and ethical) associated with applying quantitative and qualitative research methods to science communication, and strategies for overcoming these challenges.
- Develop research hypotheses, and design quantitative and qualitative research projects to address these hypotheses, in relation to science communication.
- Undertake exploratory data analysis for a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and report research results.
- In-class quiz (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Designing and writing a research project proposal for a science communication and engagement topic of the student's choosing, Approx. 1500-2000 words. (35) [LO 3,4]
- Completion of a human ethics application in relation to the research project proposal described in point 2, Approx. 1000 words. (20) [LO 3,4]
- Short research report based on actual data that the students will collect in relation to the research project proposal described in point 2, Approx. 1500 words. (25) [LO 5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of two hours of lecture and two tutorial hours per week throughout the semester.
- Approximately 72 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks, independent student research, reading and writings.
To be determined
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.
There are no prescribed texts for this course, however, for students seeking relevant material to support their learning the following text is suggested:
Bryman A (2012) Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
This course is only available to Honours students.
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