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SCOM3319 Exhibitions and Interpretation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • 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 unit or
enrolment in Master of Science Communication (51580)
Contact hours
lectures: 4 x 15 mins of online lectures per week
workshops: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.