Bachelor of Communication

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Description (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


Study a language (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


Admission Requirements (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

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 may be 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/


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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 your new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

There are client-based placements, or an appropriate alternative, embedded in the Journalism, Media Production and Public Relations majors in the final year.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. 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/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

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.


Additional Information (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/centre-for-teaching-and-learning/about-the-centre/learning-development/

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.


Requirements and Structure Back to top

Please see Further Information above for your Program Enrolment Checklist, "Are you on track?" form.

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 Back to top

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 Officer, and check existing arrangements at "Further information".


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
CMNS1000Introduction to Digital CommunicationTrimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1230Foundations of Media ProductionTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS1234Introduction to Communication Theory

Not to count with CMNS1110

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
Back to topYear 2 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
CMNS2600Audience StudiesTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2720Media, Law, EthicsTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
FMCS2000Media Structures and Practices

Not to count with CULT2130

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
Back to topYear 3 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
CMNS3270Communication and DiscourseSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3310Communication, Creativity & Cultural ProductionTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 80 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.80 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
Back to topJournalism Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Year 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from 1000 level Directed courses (only 20 units available).
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional WritingSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1280Introduction to JournalismTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
Back to topYear 2 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from 2000 level Directed courses (only 20 units available).
CMNS2280Feature WritingSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS2300Radio Journalism

Not to count with CMNS2060

Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
Back to topYear 3 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed courses.
CMNS3320International Media StudiesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3333Television Journalism

Not to count with CMNS3300

Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3420JournalismTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3500Communication Professional PlacementSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS3520Public Affairs and CommunicationTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
Back to topMedia Production Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Year 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from 1000 level Directed courses.
AART1700Photomedia

Not to count with AART1400 or AART1410

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
CMNS1004Media Production: Video

Not to count with CMNS1040

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional WritingSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1130Media Production: Sound ProductionSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
DESN1300Visual Communication Technology 1Not currently offered10 units
Back to topYear 2 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from 2000 level Directed courses.
CMNS2035Media Production: Television

Not to count with CMNS2030

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS2040Music VideoSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS2150Media Production: Radio

Not to count with CMNS2400 if completed prior to 2009

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS2400Media Production: Introduction to RadioSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications

Not to count with CMNS3480

Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
DESN2270Web MultimediaSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
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Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed courses.
CMNS3170Screenwriting (Documentary)Not currently offered10 units
CMNS3180Screenwriting (Drama)Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS3320International Media StudiesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3440Media Production: Screen Drama

Not to count with CMNS3110

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS3450Media Production Project

Not to count with CMNS3410 or CMNS3430

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)20 units
CMNS3500Communication Professional PlacementSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topMedia Studies Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Year 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from 1000 level Directed courses.
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional WritingSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
FMCS1000Film, Media, Culture

Not to count with CULT1110

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS1100Communication and Culture

Not to count with CULT1100

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
FMCS1200Film and Television Studies

Not to count with FILM1010

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
HIST1010Foundations of Australian SocietyNot currently offered10 units
POLI1020Introduction to PoliticsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological IntroductionSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
Back to topYear 2 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from 2000 level Directed courses.
CMNS2350Contemp Popular Music: Cult Prod & UseSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications

Not to count with CMNS3480

Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
FMCS2200Popular Culture and Society

Not to count with CULT3240

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
POLI2150Foundations of International RelationsNot currently offered10 units
POLI2180Politics, Policy and GovernmentNot currently offered10 units
SOCA2081New Media and Society

Not to count with SOCA3081

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topYear 3 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from 3000 level Directed courses.
CMNS3320International Media StudiesSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
FMCS3000Perspectives on Film, Media and CultureSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)
20 units
FMCS3100Digital Culture

Not to count with CULT3020

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)10 units
FMCS3110Social Media and Network Culture

Not to count with FMCS3101

Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Online)10 units
FMCS3600Documentary Cinema

Not to count with FILM3230

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
SOCA3230Identity and CultureSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
10 units
Back to topPublic Relations Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Year 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
CMNS1090Introduction to Professional WritingSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS1290Introduction to Public RelationsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
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Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
CMNS2500Developing Multimedia Publications

Not to count with CMNS3480

Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS2710Public Relations WritingSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
Back to topYear 3 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
CMNS3510Advanced Public Relations StudiesTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3520Public Affairs and CommunicationTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
CMNS3530Public Relations Strategy

Not to count with CMNS2290

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
CMNS3540Public Relations CampaignsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units