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Critical Web Literacy (COM105)

School School of Arts
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit focuses on media literacy specific to the web, developing the critical skills and competencies required to understand, evaluate and create online media content. It will trace the evolution of the web over the past 25 years, and subsequent changes to the way knowledge is produced and shared in personal, social, creative and professional contexts. Students will be introduced to key approaches and concepts in web media, and apply literacy skills to the critical analysis of web content and production.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
* ULO1: Gather and analyse research relevant to the evolution of the web in terms of its impact on socio-cultural and industry practices, both locally and globally.
* ULO2: Synthesise and apply key concepts and theoretical perspectives relevant to web communication, literacy and production.
* ULO3: Think, talk and write critically about the influence of web media platforms on contemporary culture and the media environment more broadly.
* ULO4: Demonstrate cognitive flexibility by applying creative and critical literacy skills to the analysis of web content.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit uses a structured timetable as a framework for learning. Students are required to attend a 1 hour lecture and a 1.5 hour tutorial for 11 weeks of the semester. One tutorial will be conducted in workshop style to assist students with their major assignment. In addition to timetabled activities, students are expected to spend 7.5 hours per week on comprehending the weekly required readings, reviewing lecture notes, preparing for and completing each of the assessment tasks including the concepts test, research essay and website case study.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication + Creative Media [Combined] (BCrMedia)+(BCommun) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Communication [Combined] (BCrim)+(BCommun)
Global Media and Communication (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Journalism (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Law + Communication [Combined] (BCommun)+(LLB)
Strategic Communication (BCommun) [New in 2018]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson
Acting Dean of Graduate Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2321
e: I.Richardson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.074 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson
Acting Dean of Graduate Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2321
e: I.Richardson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.074 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus

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