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SCOM413 Digital Production for Science Communication

Digital production targeted specifically at communicating science. A focus on developing multimedia skills that are used to enhance storytelling associated with communicating science.

This paper covers the skills needed to publish and package science into various digital formats for best effect.

Paper title Digital Production for Science Communication
Paper code SCOM413
Subject Science Communication
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,286.42
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,151.03

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Teaching staff
Prof Lloyd Davis
Steve Ting
Paper Structure
Weeks 1-6
  • 20-minute discussion of reading set the previous week
  • 60-minute seminar
  • 10-minute tea break
  • 90-minute activity based upon seminar
Weeks 7-13
  • 2-hour seminar for video camera work
  • 2-hour seminar for video editing work
Teaching Arrangements
One 3-hour class each week (weeks 1-6) and 4-hour class (weeks 7-13)
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
The goals of this paper are to
  1. Examine the history of using digital production techniques
  2. Examine the theory of the use of digital production techniques to enhance communication
  3. Explore practical ways of using digital production techniques (especially those associated with photography, filmmaking, digital book production, websites and podcasting) to enhance communication of science
  4. Develop critiquing skills for critically examining digital productions on the basis of their effectiveness at communicating science

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22