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Communication Research (COM200)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Communication Research introduces students to research methodologies in Communication Disciplines. It lays foundations for professional communication development by introducing students to conceptual thinking, research ethics and global perspectives. It provides new skills that assist students to progress from knowledge consumption to knowledge production. These skills include acquiring and managing information literacy, discovering research gaps, applying theoretical frameworks, collecting and analysing research data. By the end of the semester students will be able to produce ethically responsible, scholarly and professional work.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to
1. demonstrate awareness of global trends in communication research and a sound grasp of research ethics, principles and conventions in various communication disciplines;
2. design communication research projects by applying relevant concepts and theoretical frameworks;
3. identify appropriate research methods for different research projects;
4. demonstrate a sound degree of information literacy;
5. gather and interpret research data through quantitative and qualitative methodologies;
6. apply principles of interpretation to the analysis of communicative texts;
7. articulate cogent and coherent arguments in both oral and written formats;
8. engage in life long research in independent and collaborative, self-reflective, critical and creative production of knowledge.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; workshops: 1.5 hours per week.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Communication Research requires students to attend a one hour lecture and a one and a half hour workshop (or equivalent online discussions for external students), which amounts to a total of two and half hours per week. Lectures are also available online. Workshops involve learning activities about key concepts and methods of enquiry, which aim to assist students in completing their two research projects. There will also be online post workshop activities where students can do their revisions, developing and recording their ideas as well as participating in various group research activities.

Students are expected to spend an additional 8 hours per week on engaging with the weekly required readings, reviewing lecture notes, participating in online activities, as well as preparing for and completing each of the assessment tasks.
Assessment The four assessment components are designed to fulfil the learning outcomes of the unit.
1. Oral Presentation (10%): Utilising professional conventions of oral and visual communication in research
2. Literature Review (25%) and Research Project (35%): Application of research knowledge
3. Final Examination (30%): Research principles, Concepts, and Research ethics.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have completed BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods OR MCC213 Communication Research may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication + Creative Media [Combined] (BCommun)+(BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Communication [Combined] (BCrim)+(BCommun)
Global Media and Communication (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Journalism (BCommun) [New in 2018]
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
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
Dr Yingchi Chu
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2993
e: Y.Chu@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.059 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Yingchi Chu
Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2993
e: Y.Chu@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.059 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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