UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Science Communication (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Students learn principles of effective science communication, develop practical skills necessary for effective science communication, and design strategies that address communication needs of groups such as government organisations, informal museums, science centres and research centres. Students will gain an understanding of the theory underlying the discipline and be able to apply their knowledge to a research project.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Science Communication (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMSc(Comm)
Course code51580
Course typemaster's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code061841J
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Science Communication has the following exit awards: 51240 Graduate Certificate in Science Communication (24 points), 51340 Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (48 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Miriam Sullivan

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Students who have not completed a Bachelor's degree containing any level 2 or 3 SCOM units at UWA or equivalent units from other universities that address science communication to the public,as recognised by the Faculty must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group, as advised by the Faculty:

S2SCOM2205Science Presentations
S1SCOM2208Science Writing
S2SCOM3319Exhibitions and Interpretation
S1SCOM3320Communication Strategies for Change
S2SCOM3321Science and the Media
S1SCOM3322Science Performance

Take all units (36 points):

S2SCIE4481Good, Bogus and Corrupted Science
S1, S2SCOM4402Science Communication Literature Review
S2SCOM5302Contemporary Issues in Science Communication
NS, S1, S2SCOM5304Science Communication Practicum
S2SCOM5308Peer Review
NSSOCS5003Research Design

For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take all units (24 points):

S1, S2SCOM5810Science Communication Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2SCOM5811Science Communication Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2SCOM5812Science Communication Dissertation Part 3
S1, S2SCOM5813Science Communication Dissertation Part 4

For students in course by coursework only, take unit(s) to the value of 36 points of which at least 12 points (two units) must be taken at Level 5. For students in course by coursework and dissertation only, take unit(s) to the value of 12 points:

Group B

S1COMM5605Issues in Contemporary Global Journalism
NSCOMM5701Strategic Communications in a Digital Era
S1COMM5702Digital Media: Theory and Practice
NSCOMM5703Communication, Innovation and Project Management
NSCOMM5704Global Media and Cross-cultural Communication
NSCOMM5705Representation and Promotion
S1EDUC5492Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
S1EDUC5494Approaches to Student Assessment
NSEDUC5631Approaches to Research
NSEDUC5633Quantitative Inquiry
S1, NSEDUC5634Qualitative Inquiry
S1MKTG5406Buyer Behaviour and Decision Making
NSMKTG5604Biotechnology Commercialisation
S1PUBH3305Health Research Design and Methods
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
N/APUBH5765Health Promotion II
S2PUBH5805Qualitative Research Methods in Health
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S1, S2SCOM4705Science Communication Research Proposal
S1SCOM5303Communication Strategies for Change
S1, S2SCOM5307Evaluating Science Engagement
NSSOCS5005Social Research Ethics
N/ASOCS5009Innovative Social Research Methods
NSSOCS5010NGOs, Governance and Development
NSSOCS5501Evaluation
S1SOCS5502Conservation, Development and Sustainability
NSSSEH5491Health Education
NSSSEH5492Health Promotion in the Schools
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods

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

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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. 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.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a bachelor's degree in 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.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 51240 Graduate Certificate in Science Communication (24 points)
  • 51340 Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Science Communication course before completing it, and has completed four units at level 4/5 three of which must be core, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Science Communication.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Science Communication course before completing it, eight units at level 4/5 four of which must be core, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Science Communication.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

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

(3) Students who have completed a Bachelor's degree containing any level 2 or 3 SCOM units at UWA or equivalent units from other universities that address science communication to the public,as recognised by the Faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. 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.

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. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 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 in—

(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

Research Project

13. Students who wish to undertake a Research Project must—

(a) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major. These units must be relevant to the master's specialisation;

or

(b) have a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course; or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.