• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Will Grant
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2023
    First Semester 2023
    Autumn Session 2023
    Winter Session 2023
    Second Semester 2023
    Spring Session 2023
    See Future Offerings

This is an in-person course. Contact your course convener or supervisor to see if your project can be undertaken remotely.

This course allows a special topic of study for individuals or small groups of students who wish to gain particular or additional knowledge in a topic in science communication not covered in other courses taught in CPAS or elsewhere in the University. Permission must be sought from the convener before enrollment.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan and engage in an independent and sustained scholarly work on a chosen science communication topic.
  2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Keep accurate and detailed records of work undertaken, including literature review, field work or other research.
  4. Develop interpersonal skills by working constructively with active researchers on real research problems.
  5. Critically evaluate their own work and results, as well as results reported in the literature.
  6. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Special topics written report (85) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Special topics oral presentation (15) [LO 5,6]

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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

Students must have completed at least 12 units of SCOM coded courses in order to enrol in this course.

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.

Prescribed Texts

N/A

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have some experience in and knowledge of:
  • history, theory and principles of science communication.
  • the practice of science communication, both written and verbal, as well as experience supporting this communication through props, visual aids, multimedia products, and so on.
  • the design of science communication research projects, including framing research questions and choosing appropriate methods.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1290 01 Jan 2023 20 Jan 2023 20 Jan 2023 31 Mar 2023 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3200 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3269 01 Apr 2023 21 Apr 2023 21 Apr 2023 30 Jun 2023 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4290 01 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 30 Sep 2023 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
6197 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6250 01 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 20 Oct 2023 31 Dec 2023 In Person N/A

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