Communication Professional Placement

Course code CMNS3500Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

Students undertake a work placement in organisations to apply the principles and theories acquired during the B Communication program, to develop communication skills appropriate to their chosen profession and to experience organisations, their dynamics, discourses, practices and realities in a professional environment. Direction is provided onsite by a placement supervisor.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the School of Design, Communication and Information Technology.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesIn this course students will:
1. under supervision, apply communication skills and knowledge acquired during the degree program to the workplace environment;

2. develop critical and creative thinking skills by participating in the workplace of communication and cultural industry professionals;

3. develop an understanding of the basic social and professional contexts in which contemporary communication operates and of the role of the communication worker within these contexts;

4. produce communication products and/or materials and participate in communication activities at a professional standard; and

5. analyse and evaluate modes of communication and discourses that operate in the placement environment.
ContentThe course comprises activities based on describing and critically reflecting on the placement experience, and discussing and analysing professional communication practice. A student's willingness to take responsibility, be resourceful, show initiative and willingness to complete assigned tasks will be reflected in assessment through the debriefing process with the external organisations involved and through the student's own critical reflection.

Students will be required to present:
1. an up-to-date CV;
2. a final draft of the letter of application to the host organisation;
3. contact details of the workplace supervisor at the host organisation;
4. A Placement Agreement Form completed by the student, workplace supervisor and approved by the Course Coordinator.

During the semester students will attend a short lecture series to cover course requirements, assessment processes and workplace issues. At the completion of the professional placement, students will present a log of work undertaken, reflections on the placement and write an essay on their placement which analyses the modes of communication and discourses within the host organisation. The student's placement supervisor will also supply a report on the student's performance.
Replacing Course(s)CMNS3240 Applied Communication Studies and CMNS3290 Applied Public Relations.
TransitionCMNS3240 - Any student, in any major, who needs to complete CMNS3240 - Applied Communication Studies should undertake CMNS3500.

CMNS3290 (20 units) - In the Public Relations Major, if a student needs to complete CMNS3290 to fulfil the requirements of the major they should enrol in CMNS3500 - Communication Internship and CMNS3510 - Advanced Public Relations to complete the required 20 units.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSuccessful completion of 50 units at 2000 level or above, and 20 units at 3000 level from the Majors in the B Communication or associated combined degrees.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
ReportsPlacement Supervisor's Report.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks
Practical: for 80 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentCompulsory Program Component: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication and associated combined degree programs.
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory course briefing and workplace induction.
Requisite by EnrolmentCompulsory Program Component: Successful completion of 50 units of CMNS courses at the 2000 level or above, and 20 units at 3000 level from the majors in the B Communication or associated degrees.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CMNS3500