Postgraduate Certificate
The Postgraduate Certificate in Science Communication (PGCertSciComm) caters for a range of students – those with no prior experience in science communication who want an introduction to the discipline as well as those who are already professional science communicators and have a desire to fill a skills gap or increase their understanding of the science of science communication. The PGCertSciComm can be taken full-time in one semester or part-time over a longer period.
Students are required to take three of the six papers below. For full-time students, the degree can be completed in a single semester and allows the flexibility for the student to begin coursework at the start of either semester. Part-time students can spread their 60-credit degree requirements over the course of an academic year.
Please note that students enrolled in the distance (online) Writing endorsement option, however, must take SCOM402, SCOM403, and SCOM404.

For more information about the distance learning option please contact Jesse Bering.

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: Steve Ting

SCOM404 Science Communication Internship (20 pts; year-round availability)
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 240 hours work over the period of time.
Instructor: Prof Nancy Longnecker
Please note: The internship option is offered throughout the year.

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

SCOM406 Science Exhibitions and Interpretation (20 pts; Semester 2)
Students will 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
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