• 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 William Grant
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2020
    First Semester 2020
    Autumn Session 2020
    Winter Session 2020
    Second Semester 2020
    Spring Session 2020
    See Future Offerings

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:

The nature of this course means that the learning outcomes are very individual and very specific. However, in general, on satisfying the requirements of this course 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

Assessment will be based on:
Special topics written report (85%) (LO1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Special topics oral presentation (15%) (LO 5, 6)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Contact hours to be negotiated. Students are expected to work on the project for approximately 10 hours per week.

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.

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.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course 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
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
1395 01 Jan 2020 24 Jan 2020 24 Jan 2020 31 Mar 2020 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
3935 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 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
5373 01 Apr 2020 24 Apr 2020 24 Apr 2020 30 Jun 2020 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
6423 01 Jul 2020 24 Jul 2020 24 Jul 2020 30 Sep 2020 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
8959 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 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
9345 01 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 23 Oct 2020 31 Dec 2020 In Person N/A

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