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SCOM413 Digital Production for Science Communication

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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

This online world often requires a communicator to become proficient in a number of different ways of content creation. This paper aims to introduce and teach you a range of digital-based production skills that will allow you to package science into easily digestible online media content.

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) $1,365.11
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,793.66

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Normally available only to postgraduate students.
Teaching staff

Jesse Bering
Steve Ting

Paper Structure

Weeks 1-6

  • 90-minute seminar

Weeks 7-13

  • 2-hour seminar for video camera work (morning session)
  • 2-hour seminar for video editing work (afternoon session)
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.
Course outline
Course outline will be supplied at the beginning of the semester.
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, animation, graphic design and podcasting) to enhance communication of science
  4. Become proficient with navigating a range of digital production software and content creation devices.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 10:00-11:50 18-22
Thursday 14:00-15:50 18-22
Thursday 14:00-16:50 9-12