Master of Science Communication (MSciComm 240 pts)
The Master of Science Communication is a coursework postgraduate degree designed to be completed in two years. Based on professional interests, applicants select a specialisation (endorsement) in Creative Non-Fiction Writing in Science (CNFW), Science and Natural History Filmmaking (SNHF) or Science in Society (SSOC).
Students are required to take six 400-level papers from the list below (120 pts total) and two papers at Level 5 (SCOM5A and 5B, 60 pts each). For full-time students, the degree can be completed in four academic semesters and allows the flexibility for the student to begin coursework at the start of either Semester 1 or 2. Part-time students can spread their 140-credit degree requirements over the course of four years.
For this degree, students complete a written academic thesis that includes original empirical research. Most theses also comprise a supervised creative product in the form of a book, film, or exhibit.
SCOM402 The Craft of Storytelling (20 pts; Semester 1) A seminar-based paper that explores the requirements for the core skill necessary for the communication of science and natural history - telling a story. Instructor: Assoc Prof Jesse Bering SCOM409 Introduction to Science Communication (20 pts; Semester 1) A seminar-based introduction to models of science communication, theories of what science is, audiences and publics for science communication and how to communicate widely and effectively. Instructors: Dr Jenny Rock and Dr Fabien Medvecky SCOM413 Digital Production for Science Communication (20 pts; Semester 1) Digital production targeted specifically at communicating science. A focus on developing multimedia skills that are used to enhance the storytelling associated with communicating science. This paper covers the skills needed to publish and package science into various digital formats for best effect. Instructor: Prof Lloyd Davis
SCOM404 Science Communication Internship (20 pts; Semesters 1 and 2) Project-based development of professional skills and networks in a work setting, extending the skills and implementing practices and principles learned in other SCOM papers. Each internship is individually arranged and involves participation in a specific project. The internship requires approximately 130 hours work over the period of time. Instructor: Prof Nancy Longnecker Please note: The internship option is offered for either semester. SCOM403 Science and Creative Non-Fiction Writing (20 pts; Semester 2) A seminar-based paper that examines the academic and theoretical issues associated with creative non-fiction and how science can best be popularised. This paper nurtures the student's ability to write about science in creative and engaging ways. Instructor: Prof Lloyd Davis and Assoc Prof Jesse Bering
SCOM405 Business of Filmmaking (20 pts; Semester 2) The process and business of filmmaking, and development of the necessary critiquing skills to differentiate between bad filmmaking and good filmmaking. Instructor: Ross Johnston
SCOM406 Science Exhibitions and Interpretation (20 pts; Semester 2) Students explore creative approaches to communicating science in museums and other science engagement settings (e.g., science centres, national parks, broadcasting, participatory citizen science and science events). Students gain an awareness of methodologies of market research and project evaluation. Instructor: Prof Nancy Longnecker