HUMN 4003 Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Declan Kuch Opens in new window

Description It is now more important than ever for researchers to explain their research to the public. Although it can be challenging to translate specialist knowledge for non-specialist readers, this is the skill students will receive training for in Writing Beyond the Academy. By following the model of The Conversation, a widely popular knowledge translation platform, students will learn the principles of public audience writing, how to pitch to an editor and how to work with their feedback, and produce their own public audience essay.

School Graduate Research School

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 4 subject

Equivalent Subjects HUMN 4012 - Research Literacies

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 8083 Bachelor of Research Studies/Master of Research or 8119 Bachelor of Research Studies/ Master of Research (Planning) or 4698 Master of Health Science, 4700 GD Health Science or 4702 Master of Public Health.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically appraise public audience communication conventions used by researchers.
  2. Develop a pitch of a research translation story suitable for a public audience in response to editorial guidelines.
  3. Discuss how their own research field addresses issues of broader public concern.
  4. Apply knowledge translation skills by writing for a non-specialist public audience;
  5. Critically assess their own writing through engagement with reviewer feedback.

Subject Content

Introduction to the concept of Knowledge translation
Introduction to the principles of public audience writing
Pitching ideas to editors
Working with editorial feedback
Editing a piece of public audience writing
Introduction to the concept of Knowledge translation
Introduction to the principles of public audience writing
Pitching ideas to editors
Working with editorial feedback
Editing a piece of public audience writing
Introduction to the concept of Knowledge translation
Introduction to the principles of public audience writing
Pitching ideas to editors
Working with editorial feedback
Editing a piece of public audience writing
Introduction to the concept of Knowledge translation
Introduction to the principles of public audience writing
Pitching ideas to editors
Working with editorial feedback
Editing a piece of public audience writing

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Knowledge Translation Survey 1,250 words S/U Y Individual
Story Pitch 500 words S/U Y Individual
Public Audience Essay (DRAFT) 1,000 words S/U Y Individual
Public Audience Essay (FINAL) 1,000 words S/U Y Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1

Online

Online

Subject Contact Declan Kuch Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta City - Macquarie St

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Subject Contact Declan Kuch Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Semester 2

Online

Online

Subject Contact Declan Kuch Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta City - Macquarie St

Day

Subject Contact Declan Kuch Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

View timetable Opens in new window