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Communication Project (COM300)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This is a core unit of the Bachelor of Communication that requires students to apply their research skills to a project in their discipline. Students can undertake the project individually or as a member of a team of peers. Students will be required to consider a relevant issue or question and tackle it using methods appropriate to their discipline. These methods can include traditional scholarship leading to a research paper or practice-led research that leads to a creative production.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO1 Use advanced research techniques in a communication discipline to gather, analyse and synthesise information. (CLO1)
ULO 2 Apply communication theory in the field (CLO2)
ULO 3 Demonstrate ethical thinking in interpersonal, social and professional contexts (CLO 3)
ULO4 Demonstrate relevant critical, professional and technical skills using traditional and digital media in approaching real-life issues and situations (CLO4)
ULO5 Apply creative and critical thinking skills to address real-life issues and situations (CLO5)
ULO6 Produce an argument or exposition that illuminates an issue to a broad audience using various means, including text, sound and image. (CLO6)
Timetabled Learning Activities 24 hours of supervised contact in workshops as determined by the nature of the project.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Workshops will introduce you to the task ahead, including some examples of the types of work that you could consider for your project. These workshops will include discussion about research topics or issues of inquiry; appropriate methods for the project; resources; need for field work; ethical considerations; the practicalities of working in a team; professional conduct; and technical/production specifications (especially for media projects).
Early in the unit you will undertake self-directed, independent research to investigate the background of your particular issue/question and the scope of your inquiry. You then will need to submit a formal proposal. (NB where students choose to work in small teams they will undertake an clearly defined aspect of the inquiry and project work).
The bulk of the project will require you to work alone or in a team to gather the information and produce a research paper (or media production) to recognised standards for the discipline. This may entail field research, interviews, gathering materials, archival work, scholarly writing, script-writing, production scheduling, and creating digital media content suitable for publication/broadcast/exhibition.
Other Learning Experiences Where production is involved, students may need to conduct fieldwork and work in the campus studios and production suites, using recording and editing equipment and facilities.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Bachelor of Communication AND BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods (or another research methods unit, subject to the approval of the unit coordinator); OR enrolment in Radio Minor.
Exclusions Students who have completed PRO302 Public Relations Project OR WEB301 Web Communication Project 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
Associate Professor Michael Broderick
Associate Professor Media Analysis

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2389
e: Mick.Broderick@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.073 - Education and Humanities, 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 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus

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