SCOM3321 Science and the Media

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
How is science covered (or not) in the media? Students examine science on the radio, television, news media, in the movies and on the web. They interview a research scientist and create electronic media resources, including podcasts, movies and websites.
Students are able to (1) have a greater understanding of constraints and factors that affect coverage of science in the media; (2) have an awareness of how science and science-related issues are handled in different media; (3) enhance their skills in interviewing research scientists; (4) improve information technology (IT) skills and the ability to create electronic resources that could be published on the Web; (5) create a balanced, informative, easily navigable website and media for websites; and (6) have reflected on their learning process.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) website—students improve their understanding of how the media interprets scientific issues through class discussions, presentations and the creation of a website; (2) podcast—students research a scientific concept or topic of their choice, gather and produce the necessary resources and create a podcast designed to engage a non-specialist audience; and (3) film—students interview a researcher and create a short film about their work, suitable for publication on the Web and an accompanying media release publicising the film. 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
enrolment in Master of Science Communication (51580)
Contact hours
tutorials: 3 hours per week
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