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Foundations of Communication (COM103)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit lays the foundations for students aiming to pursue a communication career in a global context. The unit consists of four modules. The first module familiarises students with major theories of communication. The second introduces students to the specifics of various forms of communication. The third module focuses on global communication, while the fourth addresses critical approaches to communication. At the end of the unit, students should be able to apply critical analysis to all features of global communication.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. grasp the elementary theoretical underpinnings of Communication Studies;
2. identify and describe verbal, visual and digital communication;
3. recognize the main issues characteristic of global communication;
4. be proficient in the use of critical tools of communication analysis;
5. critically engage with the politics of communication in the global media.

Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 1 hour; tutorials: 1 x 1.5 hours
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 tutorials for 12 weeks of the semester. One workshop assists 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 weekly tutorial questions and assignments.
Assessment There are four main forms of assessment: 1. Online quiz test (15%); 2. Tutorial participation (15%); Communication analysis essay (40%); 4. Final exam (30%). The online 30 multiple-choice questions in Week Four (15%) ask students to identify and define core concepts with reference to forms and theories of communication. Ongoing workshop exercises (15%) assesses students' academic progress in the unit. The Communication analysis essay (40%) evaluates student application of approaches and techniques of analysis introduced in the unit, as well as student performance in data collection, and cogency of argument. The final two hours examination consists of 10 short answer questions (30%) which assess the students' understanding of the principles of global communication.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MCC108 Introduction to Mass Communication or MCC108 Introduction to Communication and Media or CMS101 Introduction to Media Studies or CMS100 Introduction to Communication cannot enrol in this unit.
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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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