• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Chemistry
  • Work Integrated Learning Other
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matt Nurse
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2024
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  • STEM Course

SCOM6501 is offered in two modes: online and in person. In 2024, the intensive component of this course will be delivered 2 – 6 September.

This course focuses on the creation of clearer and more effective ways to communicate scientific matters to larger audiences. It provides participants with a thorough and practical understanding of the process used in developing a communication plan including the development of a strategic framework and accompanying action plan that allocates resources, responsibilities and timeframes. It has a strong emphasis on relating theory to current industry best practice in implementing a strategic approach to planning communication activities. The major project component is based around field work and evaluation of real life science communication strategies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the relationship between a strategic foundation and tactics in communication planning.
  2. Expertly explain the difference between a strategy and a tactic.
  3. Synthesise and apply research-based and experience-based knowledge to strategic planning.
  4. Analyse critically and reflect on the approach taken by current science communication strategies.
  5. Use current theory to develop communication strategies and tactical plans.
  6. Craft a professional standard verbal presentation to interpret and communicate strategies and tactical plans to organisation managers and executives.

Work Integrated Learning


All students engage with WIL partners (internal/external) as a major component of the course

Other Information

The intensive week is usually held in the September teaching break each year.

For more information see http://cpas.anu.edu.au/study/short-courses/anu-scom-intensive-course-schedule for exact dates.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Expert review and critical redevelopment of a science organisation’s communication strategy (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Critical analysis and revision of tactical planning aspects of a communication strategy (35) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. Professional standard presentation of results of expert review to a simulated high level executive or project steering committee (30) [LO 6]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the session including:

  • The face-to-face component will be delivered in intensive mode over one week, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (total 35 hours). Students participating online will be able to join activities remotely via Zoom or Skype.
  • Approximately 95 hours of self directed study which may include short online tutorials or pre-reading before the intensive week and assessments to be submitted after the after the intensive week.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with SCOM3501

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

No required skills are required.


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:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6261 02 Sep 2024 02 Sep 2024 13 Sep 2024 21 Oct 2024 In Person View
6452 02 Sep 2024 02 Sep 2024 13 Sep 2024 21 Oct 2024 Online View

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