• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr William Grant
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course SCOM2015
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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This is a practical course which aims to develop public speaking skills. The emphasis is on presenting science to a general audience. Specialist training will also be given by a professional performer to provide skills in acting techniques applicable to public speaking.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Apply practical science communication techniques in presenting scientific information
  2. to a professional standard
  3. Critically assess and adapt to the issues involved in presenting scientific presentations to various audiences
  4. Design and develop expert verbal presentations for various audiences on scientific topics
  5. Work responsibly as part of a team of peers in a collaborative environment
  6. Analyse critically, synthesise and apply current research on practical aspects of science communication
  7. Independently evaluate live presentations using expert knowledge and specialist science communication language.

Indicative Assessment

  • 5 minute verbal analysis and critique of popular science book (15%, LO 1,2,3)
  • 10 minute presentation interpreting and translating scientific topic of choice (15%, LO 1,2,3)
  • Evidence-based evaluation of live presentations by undergraduate students (10%, LO 4,5,6)
  • 50 minute, research-based group presentation on a specified science communication scenario (20%, LO 1,2,3,4,5,6)
  • 15 minute presentation based on synthesis of recent scientific research adapted for non-specialist audience (40%, LO 1,2,3,5)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with SCOM2015


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9756 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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