Communication and Discourse

Course code CMNS3270Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Examines selected discourses to see in what ways professional practice can both constrain and enable. Students will also consider professional conventions, rules, institutional structures and the private and public practices of individuals and groups to see how power relationships are constructed and maintained.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
UoN SingaporeTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate how communication is constrained and enabled using everyday examples.
2. Develop critical and creative thinking skills.
3. Develop an understanding of key concepts in discourse and other communication practices.
4. Develop an appreciation of the social, cultural and discursive constraints that affect meaning and effective communication.
5. Demonstrate how professional practice is shaped by discursive processes.
ContentThrough the grounded theory approach of this course theoretical abstractions will be discussed and located in the everyday practice of the media and communication sectors A problem based learning approach will be taken to study the content of documents and to observe professional and social practices. This analysis will consider institutionalised routines and behaviours such as modes of dress and speech, writing styles and presentation in relation to business, the media, government and communities. Students will also be expected to analyse their own social and academic discourses to see how these discourses shape and reflect student's own experience. As part of their group activity, students will engage in on-site observation of professional practice for one week during the semester.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge60 units at 1000 level including CMNS1110 - Introduction to Communication Studies.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Field Study
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contribution
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CMNS3270