The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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 and their dynamics, discourses, practices and realities in a professional environment. Direction is provided onsite by a placement supervisor.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.


The 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.

Much of the material associated with learning in this course will be provided online. During the semester, there will be a lecture regarding the preparation of documents associated with the creation of an individual profile.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 overt and non-overt discourses within the host organisation. The student's placement supervisor will also supply a report on the student's performance.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication and associated combined degree programs.

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.

Assumed knowledge

Successful 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.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Document Submission

Report: Supervisor Report

Written Assignment: Log and Written Report

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • WHS Requirement - Students must complete a Workplace Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete an online compulsory course WH&S induction.

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 80 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Placement must be arranged by the student so it does not negatively impact on study/participation obligations for other courses being undertaken.