• Code SCOM3003
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 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 UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anna-Sophie Jurgens
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings

In this course, academics at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science can offer supervision for an original research project to motivated third year students undertaking a Science Communication Major (SCOM-MAJ). Students will devise their own science communication research project in collaboration with the supervisor, or can pursue a topic already offered by the supervisor.

The course can be taken as 6 or 12 units:

  • A 6-unit project can take the form of a comprehensive literature review, a content analysis, the creation and evaluation of a science communication tool or artefact, or similar - research projects that do not involve human participants except in some cases a small pilot test.
  • The 12-unit version of the course is reserved for projects that involve a prominent human participant component and therefore require the student to apply for, and receive, ethics approval. This includes all focus group, survey and interview-based projects. In rare cases students may be offered the 12 unit version if there are other methodological reasons that necessitate more time be devoted to the project. Each project must be completed within a single semester, with the rare exception of longitudinal human participant studies for which a longer time frame is genuinely required to complete the project.

If the work produced is of a sufficient standard, students may be offered the opportunity to co-publish it with their supervisor. All research projects must be undertaken with appropriate ethics approval to facilitate potential future publication of data.

Students must discuss their project ideas with the course convener prior to enrolling in the course to ensure they enrol in the appropriate version and that a supervisor is available.

This is an Honours Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan and engage in a critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic.
  2. Identify and engage with relevant theory and concepts, relate these to the agreed upon methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources.
  4. Appropriately apply statistical or other evaluation processes to original data.
  5. Understand and apply ethical standards of conduct in the collection and evaluation of data and other resources.
  6. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.

Other Information

Available to third year students undertaking the Bachelor of Science (Science Communication) or a Science Communication Major who are deemed by the course convenor or undergraduate convenor to have achieved a sufficient academic standard in science communication courses. A supervisor must also be available to take the project on: students are advised to speak to potential supervisors early to ensure this is possible.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Report (84) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Article for non-specialist audience (10) [LO 6]
  3. Reflective Posts (6) [LO 1,3,5,6]

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Approximately 130 hours of total student learning time per 6 units of enrolment, 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

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.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have some experience in and knowledge of:

- social science research skills including content analysis, survey design, interview techniques and focus group management.

- 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.


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 to 12 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $740 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1060 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2923 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7909 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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