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Mass Communication (FDN015)

Organisational Unit Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit allows students to analyse media texts in their technical relationships to changing media contexts as well as develop skills in media production, analysis and assessment. The means of mass communication are explored with a critical view about how they produce meaning, how they engage mass users, how they are organized, and how they go about the business of constructing reality through film, advertising and new forms of social connections in an increasingly mobile world.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
1. Analyse the relationships between traditional mass media and its connections to new media;
2. Conceptualise the interconnections between the changing contexts of media production and consumption;
3. Communicate using oral and written communication; and
4. Produce media texts to assist in learning technical and functional aspects of the media.

5. This unit provides the opportunity for you to achieve the following:
· cognitive skills to assess, write clearly, speak effectively and to use visual communication technologies as appropriate;
· communication, numeracy and literacy skills that enable graduates to present their knowledge
· views to different audiences using a variety of mediums; and
· ability to read, listen, question and gather information from a variety of sources.
Timetabled Learning Activities Formal Classes: 4 hours
Prerequisites Nil
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Murdoch University Extended Foundation Program [New in 2019]
Murdoch University Foundation Program [New in 2019]
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.


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Mr Nathan Tozer
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Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6877
e: N.Tozer@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.3.006A - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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