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Critical and Ethical Issues in Communication (MCM501)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Media and communication professionals operate in an environment governed by laws, regulations and professional codes of practice. Practitioners need to understand and apply them. They also need to make critical judgements in an ethical way, in context and often under pressure. This unit investigates some key issues that demand understanding, analysis and application of regulations and ethical decision making.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Understand the theories and principles of ethics and communication
2. Have a working knowledge of, and be able to apply, laws and regulations to situations in professional communication
3. Identify contemporary issues in the media and communication
4. show competence in analysing contemporary issues in the media and communication
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars/workshops: delivered in intensive teaching mode (24 hours contact time), which may include evenings and weekends. Students will complete assignments independently in consultation with teaching staff.
Unit Learning Experiences Through face-to-face seminars you will hear from experts in various fields, including working professionals from media and communication organisations. Discussion is the key to testing your ideas and sharing your experiences for the benefit of you and the class. The focus of your study will be the development of a case study on a topic or incident related to professional communication. You will need to keep alert to the issues of the days through wide reading of news and current affairs. These provide important points of interest as you analyse the conduct and effectiveness of professional communicators. The learning management system will be where you will find the key readings and the occasional additional items of interest that arise during term.
Assessment Literature review - 2000 words (25%); Presentation of your case study to class (30%); Case Study - 3000 words (45%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Health Communication (GradDipHthComm) [New in 2016]
Graduate Diploma in Web Communication (GradDipWebComm) [New in 2015]
Master of Communication (MCommun)
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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Ms Elaine Xu
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Ms Elaine Xu
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