• 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
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Graham Walker
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2024
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  • STEM Course

In 2024, the intensive component of this course will be delivered 24 – 28 June.

This course is about creating your own science communication passion project! Using design thinking and inspiration from diverse guest presenters, you’ll develop a project idea, pilot it, report on your pilot, and submit a simulated grant application to scale it up. Lectures and interactive workshops will share approaches to help you get creative, find your purpose, discover diverse methods, create effective partnerships, and manage and evaluate your project. Don't worry if you don't have a project idea, the intensive will guide you through the creative process and give you practical experience with common methods you can readily adapt to your audience of choice (e.g. hands-on workshops for schools/youth groups). You may opt to integrate the course with your employment or freelance activity where suitable. This is an authentic opportunity to develop real-world skills and grow your ideas into realities, so if you have a science communication approach you want to let loose on the the world - or want to create a new one - this is the course for you!

Science communication, engagement and outreach programs employ a range of methods to connect with audiences, create impact and communicate science. From capacity building programs in low- and middle-income countries 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/projects and evaluating their success. As you’ll discover in your future career, if you want to pursue your passions, your goals and your ideas, skills to develop them and get them funded are critical. Many past students’ ideas have turned into 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!

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. Critically appraise different formats for communicating science;
  2. Examine the process of conceiving, developing, delivering and evaluating science communication programs;
  3. Apply this process to create novel science communication programs;
  4. Analyse and reflect on science communication programs, including conveying this via various oral and written formats.

Work Integrated Learning


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

Other Information

Dates for the one-week intensive are listed on the 'Masters' tab at https://cpas.anu.edu.au/study/courses .

Note preparation for and the intensive component this course runs in the Autumn session, however activity and assessment continues into the Winter session. The course counts as an Autumn (first half of the year) course for enrollment purposes.

Note for online students: Student enrolled in the online class will need basic craft items (scissors, cardboard, scrap materials, etc.) for physical prototyping sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Concept brief (10) [LO 1,3]
  2. Project Plan (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Pilot Report (45) [LO 4]
  4. Grant Application (15) [LO 1,2]

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

  • Face-to-face five day intensive component and optional one-on-one meetings during semester. Students enrolled in the online class will join via Zoom.
  • Approximately 90 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for the face to face component, project planning and delivery, and other assessment tasks.

Prior to the intensive, ideally, students should shortlist draft ideas for their project and consult the Wattle page for related readings and resources. Note it is not necessary to have a firm topic prior to the intensive - sessions will take students through a design thinking process, however having some initial ideas will be an advantage.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

This course is incompatible with SCOM8007 or SCOM3007.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

12 units of SCOM courses at 1000 level or above, and/or experience conducting science communication/outreach projects or public science programs/events.


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

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.

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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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.

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5521 27 May 2024 21 Jun 2024 28 Jun 2024 11 Oct 2024 In Person View
5522 27 May 2024 21 Jun 2024 28 Jun 2024 11 Oct 2024 Online View

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