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Communication and Media Studies (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Communication and Media Studies (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Sharon Delmege | Email: S.Delmege@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6249

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication and Media Studies
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Kaplan Higher Education Institute and Kaplan Higher Education Academy (Singapore) ['KAPLAN-SGP'] (internal) (language of instruction: English)
Description This major provides students with skills and expertise for work in contemporary communication, media and cultural industries characterised by rapid change, digitalisation and technological innovation. Students are equipped with the knowledge base and skills for analysing and producing both traditional and new media texts, as well as understanding communication and cultural processes in the emerging creative industries. As the units in this major cover a wide range of critical communication issues, cultural theory and media concepts, students completing this course are well placed to embark on a research career in the industry or enrol for further studies at Honours and/or graduate level.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Graduates will understand themselves as knowledge-makers and be reflective thinkers in their personal and professional lives who will:
* demonstrate a knowledge of, and apply the principles and concepts of CMS;
* recognise that CMS is a broad discipline that impacts on, and is influenced by, other disciplines;
* recognise that CMS plays an essential role in society and underpins many social, technological and cultural advances.

SKILLS
Graduates will be able to investigate and solve qualitative and quantitative problems in CMS, individually and collaboratively, by:
* formulating proposals and designing and undertaking projects in a safe and responsible manner;
* applying recognised methods and appropriate practical techniques, and being able to adapt these when necessary;
* collecting, recording and interpreting data and incorporating qualitative and quantitative evidence into defensible arguments;
* evaluating and creating from a range of sources, including traditional and emerging information technologies and methods.

APPLICATION
Graduates will communicate CMS knowledge by:
* appropriately identifying and reflecting on the knowledge and skills;
* presenting information, articulating arguments and conclusions, in a variety of modes and mediums, to diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes.
* Graduates will take personal, professional and social responsibility by:
* recognising the relevant and required ethical conduct and behaviour within which CMS is practised;
* demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning;
* demonstrating a capacity for working responsibly and safely;
* understanding and being able to articulate aspects of the place and importance of CMS in the local and global community.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Graduates can expect to find employment in a wide range of fields, from the creative industries (new media, public relations, advertising, journalism, radio, television, music and print) to management, administration, government, public policy, media research, academia and teaching.
Recommended Double Majors Australian Indigenous Studies; English and Creative Writing; Journalism; Law; Law, Business and Society; Public Relations; Screen Production
Recommended Minors Gender Studies; International Aid and Development; Popular Culture, Indigeneity and Nationhood; Public Relations; Sustainable Development; Tourism; Web Strategy
Excluded Minors Communication; Media Studies; Social Justice in Contemporary Culture
Main research areas Communication Studies, Media Studies, Creative Industries, Communication Policy, Media Audiences, Global Media.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

CMS100 Introduction to Communication - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

CMS101 Introduction to Media Studies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

CMS102 Contemporary Culture - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

Core Units - 9 credit points

CMS201 Screen: Small, Medium and Large - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

CMS202 Old Media, New Media - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

CMS203 Audiences, Users and Participants - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

Core Units - 9 credit points

CMS304 Communicating Global Issues - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

CMS305 Media Governance and the Public Sphere - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

CMS306 Critical Topics in Communication and Media Studies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

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