SCOM3319 Exhibitions and Interpretation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Science Communication major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
During this unit, students not only learn the principles of effective exhibitions and interpretation from current literature, but also get out of the classroom and visit real exhibits in museums, parks and education centres. There is an opportunity to go behind the scenes or meet a curator to gain an appreciation of the process of designing and developing robust exhibits. From the principles learned, students evaluate an existing exhibit and deliver a guided walk. Students also have an opportunity to use their creativity and pitch their own exhibition idea on a topic of their choice and then create the introductory panel for that exhibition.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in interpretation and exhibition design (such as narrative/storytelling, framing, visitor experience, visitor motivation, evaluation); (2) demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues in the sector such as inequality, inclusion, and accessibility; (3) evaluate scholarly and grey literature related to interpretation and exhibition design; (4) critique exhibition design; and (5) design experiences for diverse audiences that create connections between people, places and things that align with organisational purposes.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) development and delivery of a guided walk; (2) written work related to curation and exhibition evaluation; and (3) development of an exhibition, including (but not limited to) pitching ideas, budgeting, design of elements, evaluation (50%). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Heather Bray
Unit rules
any Level 2 COMM unit
any Level 2 SCOM unit or
enrolment in Master of Science Communication (51580)
Contact hours
workshops: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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