• 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
    • Prof Susan Stocklmayer
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2019
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This course is offered only through a two-week intensive course conducted in Singapore in June (jointly with the National University of Singapore).

This course will deal with issues relating to the communication of science to various audiences including the general public and students. It will explore cultural issues in science and implications relating to the dynamic and uncertain nature of science and scientific methods. The current international focus on public awareness and science literacy will be explored and critiqued.  This course will include aspects of modern classroom practice, including recent research into communication of science and methods for effective, creative teaching. In particular, strategies for translating research-based science into effective curriculum materials will be addressed. There will be a strong emphasis on practices, hands-on classroom experiments and demonstrations. The intensive course will be run as a workshop, with candidates being required to participate actively in discussions and activities designed to promote creative and confident science teaching and learning.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Understand and describe the public awareness movement, its problems and current directions
2. Describe and address specific problems attached to teaching science
3. Develop and evaluate creative activities to enhance classroom teaching
4. Translate current research into relevant curriculum materials

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Evidence of learning portfolio - 5 iterations, plus goals and summary (30%; LO 1, 2)
  • Two written assignments (2x 15% each; LO 1, 4)
  • Activities during workshop (10%; LO 3)
  • Group project during workshop (30%, LO 2, 3)

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One week intensive delivery (40 hours) followed by online assignments.


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:
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

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5445 01 Apr 2019 19 Apr 2019 19 Apr 2019 30 Jun 2019 In Person

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