Science Communication Outreach

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Course Category: Master and Master of Science

Course Description
Course Description
  • Focus of Study

    You will develop skills in public speaking; presentation and media; public relations; exhibition design and communication research; team work strategies; as well as developing expertise in presenting science and technology to students.

    Course Description

    The ANU Master of Science Communication Outreach is an internationally well-regarded qualification unlike any other. Our education experiences are hosted at Questacon and ANU, with scientists and science communicators giving lectures and presentations based on cutting edge research in science communication.

    You will have the opportunity to sample diverse careers at the interface of science and the community, including travel to remote and regional areas of Australia while staffing the Shell Questacon Science Circus.

    Career Options

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Identify, apply and evaluate science communication strategies, with a particular focus on show and exhibition development for communicating to diverse, non-specialist audiences.
    2. Appraise and reflect upon the interaction of interests, contexts and people shaping science, including the social and ethical responsibilities of science and society in the modern world
    3. Work collaboratively and independently to apply cognitive, technical and creative skills in new and unfamiliar environments
    4. Develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify and interpret science communication theories, methods and conclusions

    Admission Requirements

    A Bachelor Honours degree or international equivalent, Graduate Certificate, or Graduate Diploma in cognate disciplines.

    All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

    Cognate disciplines

    Science, Engineering and Technology degrees including Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Studies, Other Natural and Physical Sciences, Information Technology, Engineering and Related Technologies, Health and Education

    Program Requirements

    The Master of Science Communication Outreach requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

    48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

    SCOM8004A Fieldwork Placement (Part A)

    SCOM8004B Fieldwork Placement (Part B)

    SCOM8007 Exhibition Design

    SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public

    SCOM6012 Science Communication and the Web

    SCOM6016 Science in the Media