- Code SCOM6016
- 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
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Merryn McKinnon
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2023
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This course is offered in two modes: online and in person. Please select the correct class number when enrolling for the relevant mode of delivery.
This course examines the roles and relationships between science, the media and society. Topics covered include:
- The style in which science is reported in the media, and how this is influenced by external, contextual factors
- How to effectively communicate science using the media
- An in–depth research project on a chosen topic of interest that analyses the coverage and treatment of science in the media and society.
This is a skills-based course, the aim of which is to train students in the production of material suitable for publication or broadcast in the popular media. Students will have opportunities to practice the skills of this course in ‘real life settings’ gaining valuable industry experience and contacts. The major research project is a combination of individual and group work, with the option of submitting the final work to a professional, peer reviewed journal for consideration for publication.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and apply the processes involved in getting an issue into the media.
- Apply the basics of print media production.
- Discuss, and where appropriate explain, current issues in journalism.
- Differentiate the communication needs of various audiences.
- Evaluate the suitability of topics for different media, and examine and select appropriate background material for a story.
Students enrolling in this course as part of a degree other than the Master of Science Communication should contact the course convener first to discuss the course requirements.
For more information see http://cpas.anu.edu.au/study/short-courses/anu-scom-intensive-course-schedule for exact dates.
- Conducting individual and/or group research on an agreed topic analysing an aspect of science, the media and public perception (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Writing a news article based on recently published scientific research (20) [LO 2,4,5]
- Event Promotion (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester/session. This course is delivered in intensive mode, meaning it is delivered either face to face or synchronously online via Zoom over one week, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (total 35 hours). There will be approximately 95 hours of self directed study and assessment.
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