SCIENCE IN THE MEDIA

STC3SIM

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject is delivered fully on-line. In this subject students will explore the different ways in which science is represented in the media and why scientific findings poses difficulties for journalists and often leads to under-reporting or misrepresentation. Integrating scientific and media perspectives through a case study approach, Science in the Media will offer an overview of scientific method, along with an overview of key elements of media practice -news values, production values, narrative and popular culture formats, along with media market-research methodologies and key concepts in media and communications theory.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLawrie Zion

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must complete 120 credit points of LTU subjects from any faculty or coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects STC2SIM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsInvestigating Science Communication in the Information Age: Implications for Public Engagement and Popular MediaRecommendedHolliman, R., Whitelegg, E., Scanlon, E., Smidt, S. and Thomas J., (eds)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2008
ReadingsPractising Science Communication in the Information Age: Theorising Professional Practices.RecommendedHollimahn, R., Whitelegg, E., Scanlon, E., Smidt, S. and Thomas J., (eds)OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2008
ReadingsThe Sciences'Media Connection - Public Communication and its repercussionsRecommendedRodder, SimoneE-BOOK, DORDRECHT: SPRINGER

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate critical analytical understanding of (i) theories of media production values/needs and (ii) scientific method

Activities:
Weekly readings/viewings for participation in online tutorial discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Develop the research and practical skills irequired for critical academic writing.

Activities:
Participating in online blog/discussion exercises, group presentation and individual written assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)

03. Understand/articulate why the uncertainty that is intrinsic to scientific research findings produces problems for news media producers/reporters

Activities:
Reading/viewing/listening to weekly media texts discussed in online 'lecture/conversation' in order to participate in online discussion exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

04. Ability to work as a team member

Activities:
Through collaborative development of a group presentation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

05. Online time management skills

Activities:
Through consistent group participation and meeting assignment deadlines
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)

06. Ability to express ideas in a public forum

Activities:
Through online discussion exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawler

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"1 hour online video"

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"2 hours of online forum and blogging"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Blogging : A weekly blog x 10 (400 words) Top 3 blogs (1200 words)25 01, 03, 05
Essay (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03
Weekly online discussion (400 words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawler

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"1 hour online video"

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"2 hours of online forum and blogging"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Blogging : A weekly blog x 10 (400 words) Top 3 blogs (1200 words)25 01, 03, 05
Essay (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03
Weekly online discussion (400 words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMary Debrett

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"1 hour online video"

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"2 hours of online forum and blogging"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Blogging : A weekly blog x 10 (400 words) Top 3 blogs (1200 words)25 01, 03, 05
Essay (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03
Weekly online discussion (400 words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Mildura, 2015, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawler

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"1 hour online video"

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"2 hours of online forum and blogging"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Blogging : A weekly blog x 10 (400 words) Top 3 blogs (1200 words)25 01, 03, 05
Essay (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03
Weekly online discussion (400 words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Shepparton, 2015, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawler

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"1 hour online video"

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"2 hours of online forum and blogging"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Blogging : A weekly blog x 10 (400 words) Top 3 blogs (1200 words)25 01, 03, 05
Essay (2000 words)50 01, 02, 03
Weekly online discussion (400 words equivalent)25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06