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Diploma of Communication


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Title Diploma of Communication
Course Code A1001
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch University Dubai (UAE) ['DUBAI-ISC'] (internal)
Description The Diploma of Communication is designed to provide students with a broad introduction to communication in a supportive, student-centred learning environment. It will prepare students for further study or for a professional communication career. Students will explore a broad range of discipline areas including, web and social media literacy; digital media and screen production and analysis; news gathering and reporting. They will also have a better understanding of career planning and management, as well as develop literacy skills that will enhance their academic and professional communication and language capabilities. The knowledge and skills gained through completing the Diploma will be directly transferable to either entry-level employment/work settings and/or to further learning in an academic setting.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Successful completion of Year 12 with minimum ATAR of 50 or Foundation Program or AQF Certificate IV

IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.5) TOEFL Ibt 60 (no band less than 18) PTE 46 (writing no less than 46)
Admission Requirements: Offshore course offerings Successful completion of GCE A levels with 2 passes (E or better)
International Baccalaureate - Aggregate score of 21 or above
Other - successful completion of one of the following:
· A recognised post-secondary (post high school course);
· University preparation (foundation) studies;
· One year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institute;
· 2 units competed at an Australian University or Open University Australia (OUA).
Full list of country specific academic entry requirements can be provided.
IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.5) TOEFL Ibt 60 (no band less than 18) PTE 46 (writing no less than 46)
Course Learning Outcomes After completing the Diploma of Communication, all students will possess basic understanding of, and applied knowledge in:
1. the various oral and written skills necessary to communicate effectively in English in an academic and workplace context;
2. planning, developing and managing personal career aspirations and goals and using tools to effectively showcase capabilities;
3. social media and their application in strategic communication management; (e.g. public relations) and the theoretical implications of the network society and online communications.
4. media literacy specific to the web, with the required critical skills and competencies to understand, evaluate and create online media content;
5. news gathering and reporting with a focus on the professional practice of journalism, media law, ethics and the culture of news;
6. practical, intellectual, critical and creative capacities in screen production, including editing, sound, lighting, camera, production design, production management directing, script preparation and previsualisation;
7. fundamental digital media production concepts and processes including designing, capturing, editing and publishing media for the web;
8. information and technological literacy in the context of academic study and professional practice.
Additional Academic Progress Requirements Students need to successfully complete 24 credit points comprising 8 core units.
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 - 24 credit points

Course Core - 24 credit points

MFP1001 Language Enhancement - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal

MSP1001 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal

BBS1001 Academic Skills for Business - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal

COM1011 Social Media - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

COM1041 Digital Newsgathering and Reporting - 3 points
Not available this year

COM1071 Strategic Communication - 3 points
Not available this year

COM1091 Introduction to Digital Media Skills - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

COM1051 Critical Web Literacy - 3 points
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

Students need to successfully complete 24 credit points comprising 8 core units.

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