Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
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Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree
Locations and UAC Codes
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 1 years full time or part time equivalent.
International - 1 years full time.
Semesters and Trimesters
Relevant University rules and policies
Graduates of the Bachelor of Communication degree may undertake a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) study designed to further develop and encourage students in their area of interest in communication. This degree prepares students for careers in communication as well as providing a pathway into Research Higher degrees study.
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Applicants must have successfully complete a Bachelor of Communication or an equivalent program with a minimum GPA of 5.0 (credit grade average) calculated from;
- Across the entire degree program; or
- Across a major in the proposed discipline of study, if the degree program includes such a major; or
- Across 80 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists); or
- Where the applicant has completed less than 80 units at 3000 level, a GPA of 5.5 calculated from at least 60 units of 3000 level courses (which must include at least 40 units of 3000 level courses in the major where a major exists).
In exceptional circumstances, the above requirements may be varied with permission of the Head of School and Pro Vice-Chancellor.
No more that two years must have elapsed since completion of the undergraduate degree.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
Additional Selection Criteria
- Additional Form - To apply for entry to this Honours program you will need to apply directly to the Faculty of Science and Information Technology. You need to download and complete two forms: - Direct Admissions Application form; and - Faculty of Science and Information Technology Honours Application Form (End-On Honours). Application forms and instructions on how to apply are available at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/study-essentials/forms-and-guides
No credit permitted for Honours.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
1 years full time or part time equivalent up to 3 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The program aims to produce graduates who will have a well-developed capacity to think critically and creatively about society and culture and their relationship with research into professional communication practices; and a well-developed capacity to creatively and critically produce and research professional communication.
The Honours program is normally undertaken over one year of full-time study or 2 years part-time.
All students are required to complete 80 units of courses.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|CMNS4100||Communication Honours I: Research Methods||10 units|
|CMNS4120||Communication Honours II: Directed Readings||10 units|
|CMNS4130||Communication Honours III: Research Project||20 units|
|CMNS4140||Communication Honours IV: Research Project||20 units|
|CMNS4150||Communication Honours V: Research Project||20 units|
There are three classes of Honours: Class I, Class II and Class III. Class II will have two divisions, namely Division 1 and Division 2. The grading and marking of End On Honours programs is defined in the Bachelor Honours Policy (Policy 000990)
Program Learning Outcomes
- Acquiring discipline knowledge of communication theories for media industries.
- Demonstrate written and/or oral skills appropriate for academic and professional practice.
- Information literacy: expanding understandings of professional communication and media industry terminology, processes and practices.
- Critically apply discipline knowledge: developing skills using communication processes and technologies to create professional media products/outputs.
- Engage with ethical and interdisciplinary issues: develop an objective attitude to community dilemmas and sensitivity towards complex social issues.
- Capacity for analytical thinking: critiquing communication environments and processes to address multi-faceted communication issues.
- Critically reflect on professional judgement: applying creative problem-solving techniques including understandings of effective collaboration and teamwork.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.