Master of Science Communication and Education (coursework)

Students learn principles of effective science communication, develop practical skills and design strategies that address the communication needs of groups such as government organisations, informal museums, science centres and research centres. Students take education units that fulfil requirements leading to their teaching qualification. These include science major curriculum units, a minor curriculum unit, two school experience units and others as outlined in the course rules.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Science Communication and Education (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MSc(CommEd)
Course code
52580
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
not available in 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
062544K

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Miriam Sullivan
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Enquiries and course advice

Note
This course is currently under review. If you would like to be notified when applications are being accepted and to register your interest, email miriam.sullivan@uwa.edu.au.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Note: This course is not available in 2018.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2018;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

no change

Take all units (12 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
S2SCOM5702Exhibitions and Interpretation
N/ASCOM5704Learning Technologies

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Note: This course is not available in 2018.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants with qualifications from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction must provide evidence of English Language Competence, with applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic requiring an overall score of at least 7.5, with no sub-score less than 7.0.

(3) Applicants with qualifications gained wholly in English, but whose first language is not English, may be required to provide further evidence of English Language Competence.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a Bachelor of Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

(2) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year students must pass all School Experience (teaching practicum) units in which they are enrolled.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who pass the School Experience (teaching practicum) unit(s) but do not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units in which they are enrolled are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled but who fail a School Experience (teaching practicum) unit are, if the committee described in Rule 12(1) so recommends under that rule, assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(3) Students who do not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled and who fail a School Experience (teaching practicum) unit are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

(4) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress twice under Rule 8 are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Professional requirements

13. All students enrolled in the Master of Science Communication and Education must comply with the professional requirements as outlined in the 'Faculty policies and guidelines' in the Faculty of Education.

Failure to pass a School Experience (teaching practicum) unit

14.(1) Students who do not pass a School Experience (teaching practicum) unit will have their case considered by a committee comprising—

(a) the Dean of the Faculty of Education;

(b) the Director of Teaching of the Faculty of Education;

and

(c) the Dean of the Faculty of Science or nominee.

(2) The committee will take into account all relevant information and recommend to the Faculty that the student—

(a) repeat the teaching practicum;

or

(b) repeat the teaching practicum following satisfactory prior completion of specified additional relevant work;

or

(c) not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

(3) If the Faculty permits a student to repeat a teaching practicum, it will determine whether the practicum may be repeated in the same or a subsequent year, taking into consideration the student's overall performance in the course.

Credit

15. The Faculty may grant credit towards the course up to a maximum total value of 48 points to a student who has completed the Graduate Diploma in Education of this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

Substitution

16. The Faculty, on the recommendation of the course coordinator, may permit a student to substitute for a unit referred to in Group A one other relevant unit of equivalent value at Level 4 or higher offered in this University or in any comparable course in another recognised institution.