SCOM5309 Citizen Science

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
Citizen science involves the participation of non-scientists in various aspects of scientific research. It represents a move to more participatory ways of public engagement with science and has attracted interest from scholars and policy makers as a way of increasing public appreciation of science. For scientists, citizen science can be a way to increase the scope and volume of data collection and analysis, particularly in the biological sciences. This unit looks at citizen science from an interdisciplinary perspective and examines key themes and issues such as participation, motivations and engagement, appropriate technologies, data quality and management, intellectual property, ethical issues, and policy implications.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) evaluate citizen science projects using an understanding of common themes and key arguments in the literature; (2) plan a successful and engaging citizen science project; and (3) evaluate key tensions and issues with citizen science projects and the broader social and scientific contexts in which they sit.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) mutlimedia assignment; (2) grant assignment; and (3) writing assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Heather Bray
Contact hours
Lectures: 3 x 15 minute online lectures per week for 11 weeks
Workshops: 12 x 2 hour workshops
Self-directed learning (reading/online): 2 hours per week for 10 weeks
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