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Specialist Communication (COM306)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Explores professional communication as applied to a range of societal and practical contexts including health and, science. Students will interrogate the critical issues associated with the complexities of communicating in these industries from a local, national and global point of view including the role of communication in indigenous issues in Australia. Students will develop research and practical skills by working on real-life projects from within and outside of the University and with industry and research experts.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Gather information to analyse and evaluate information, issues and contexts in a systematic, creative and insightful way;
2. Use professional knowledge and skills ethically and responsibly;
3. Identify and analyse problems then formulate and implement solutions; and
4. Present knowledge, ideas and opinions effectively to articulate coherent and well conceived solutions.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 3 hours for 8 weeks.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is iterative and project based in which students will research and analyse case studies and then design and report on appropriate communication responses to organisational and societal issues within the above contexts.
Other Learning Experiences Industry and research experts will be invited as guest speakers and panellists in class and online.
Assessment Assessment and feedback are iterative in that each assessment will cumulatively build on the next toward the successful research and analysis of a contextual issue and subsequent communication solution. Students receive feedback through in class discussion, written assignments, student group work and online assignment feedback and discussion.
1. Participation and discussion leadership 20%
2. Critical Analysis Report 40%
3 Project Presentation 40%
Prerequisites Nil.
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 Lauren O'Mahony

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2077
e: L.OMahony@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.054 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Mrs Renae Desai

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6202
e: R.Desai@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.065 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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