Bachelor of Communication

Handbook

Bachelor of Communication

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26th Apr 2015 5:18pm

Program Code

11496

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time or part time equivalent.

International - 3 years full time.

ATAR (2015)

  • Callaghan Campus - 74.40

Assumed Knowledge

A command of written and spoken English equivalent to that found in students exiting the New South Wales High School Certificate (HSC) at a pass level is assumed knowledge.

Term Type

Semesters and Trimesters

Relevant University rules and policies

CRICOS Code

Description

Communication is a global industry that has significant cultural and commercial impact throughout the world. You will need to display initiative and persistence, produce thoughtful and creative work, and be highly motivated. You will learn how to rely on your own efforts and how to both negotiate and contribute to working within team environments.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students .  Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).  Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.

Entry to the University of Newcastle degree programs offered in Singapore are based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirement. More information regarding our partner PSB Academy at the following website: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/campus/singapore/

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 Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html

The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6.0.

Assumed Knowledge

A command of written and spoken English equivalent to that found in students exiting the New South Wales High School Certificate (HSC) at a pass level is assumed knowledge.


Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

Credit may be granted for studies completed at another institution if they were completed within the previous 8 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the relevant policies approved by the University.


Professional Recognition

Public Relations Institute of Australia

The Public Relations major of the Bachelor of Communication was accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) in August 2012. Students who complete the Bachelor of Communication with the Public Relations major as revised in 2012 will graduate with a degree accredited by PRIA. The pre-2012 program structure does not have PRIA accreditation.


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time or part time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.

Program Requirements

The degree is undertaken over three years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and requires students to pass courses totaling 240 units. Most courses have a value of 10 units.

These 240 units must comprise the following:

  • 80 units of Core Courses (compulsory) as listed; plus
  • A major consisting of 80 units of compulsory or directed (chosen from a list). There are four majors from which to choose; plus
  • 80 units of elective courses, chosen from any unrestricted course offered at the University.

In addition:

  • No more than 100 units of all courses must be at 1000 level, and
  • At least 60 units of all courses must be at 3000 level.
  • A second major may be taken. In a program including a double major, each major must have at least 60 units that are not counted towards the other major.

Transition Arrangements

As the regular review of programs may lead to changes which will affect a students' enrolment, this may require implementation of transition arrangements. Students affected by changes to the program or experiencing transition problems are advised to consult with the Program Convenor or Program Advisor, and check existing arrangements at "Additional Information".


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete all the following core courses

CMNS1000Introduction to Digital Communication
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1230Foundations of Media Production
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1234Introduction to Communication Theory
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS2600Audience Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2720Media, Law, Ethics
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
FMCS2000Media Structures and Practices
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3270Communication and Discourse
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3310Communication, Creativity & Cultural Production
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Journalism major

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses

CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1280Introduction to Journalism
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses.

CMNS2280Feature Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS2300Radio Journalism
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following courses

CMNS3320International Media Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3333Television Journalism
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3420Journalism
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3500Communication Professional Placement
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3520Public Affairs and Communication
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Media Production major

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses

AART1700Photomedia
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
CMNS1005Media Production: Cinematography
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1130Media Production: Sound Production
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN1102Graphic Design in Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses

CMNS2035Media Production: Television
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2040Music Video
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2150Media Production: Radio
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2400Media Production: Introduction to Radio
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN2270Web Multimedia
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following courses

CMNS3170Screenwriting (Documentary)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3180Screenwriting (Drama)Not currently offered10 units
CMNS3320International Media Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3440Media Production: Screen Drama
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3450Media Production Project
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
CMNS3500Communication Professional Placement
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Public Relations major

COMPULSORY COURSES

Complete all the following compulsory courses

CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1290Introduction to Public Relations
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2710Public Relations Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3510Advanced Public Relations Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3520Public Affairs and Communication
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3530Public Relations Strategy
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3540Public Relations Campaigns
  • Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units

Media Studies major

Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses

CMNS1090Introduction to Professional Writing
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
FMCS1000Film, Media, Culture
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS1100Communication and Culture
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS1200Film and Television Studies
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
HIST1010Foundations of Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
POLI1020Introduction to Politics
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 20 units from the following courses

CMNS2350Contemporary Popular Music: Culture Prodn and Use
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications
  • Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
FMCS2200Popular Culture and SocietyNot currently offered10 units
POLI2150Foundations of International RelationsNot currently offered10 units
POLI2180Politics, Policy and Government
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
SOCA2081New Media and Society
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 40 units from the following courses

CMNS3320International Media Studies
  • Trimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
FMCS3000Perspectives on Film, Media and Culture
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
20 units
FMCS3100Digital Culture
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS3110Social Media and Network Culture
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS3600Documentary CinemaNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3230Identity and Culture
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Electives

Complete 80 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

80 units

Honours

An Honours year is available to students as a separate program in the form of an additional year to those who meet the entry requirements.

For more information about Honours please follow the link below: 

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-communication-honours/handbook

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.

Additional Information

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.


International Students

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.


Special Needs

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.

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