• Offered by Centre for the Public Awareness of Science
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Science Communication
  • Areas of interest Science Communication
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course SCOM3017

This is a practical course which aims to develop students' science event organisation, delivery and evaluation skills. The emphasis is on presenting science live, in a range of ways driven by theory and best practice, to a relevant general audience. Students learn to consider a relevant audience, and to design, plan, market, deliver and evaluate a science communication event relevant to that audience.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Articulate and apply good public science communication principles
  2. Employ professional organisational and decision-making techniques to work as part of a group on a large project
  3. Employ critical reflective thinking to design and guide own learning
  4. Drawing on science communication theory and best practice, pitch, design, plan, deliver and evaluate a public science communication event.
  5. Critically appraise and review the work of self and others

Indicative Assessment

1. External Event Review (10%, LO1, 5)
2. Individual science event pitch (10%, LO1, 3)
3. Group event pitch (20%, LO1, 2, 3, 5)
4. Progress report (hurdle, LO2, 3, 5)
5. Public science communication event (30%, LO1, 2, 3, 4)
6. Post event report (20%, (LO2, 3, 5)
7. Reflective essay discussing best practice in science communication events (10%, LO1, 3, 5)

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4 hours of face to face class time per week (2 hours lecture, 2 hours workshop) plus private study and groupwork.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with SCOM3017


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

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6.00 0.12500
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