Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

158699 v.4 Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication)


Course CRICOS Code: 018629D
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 3 Years


This course offers the chance to develop skills and knowledge in two or more related fields of study at the intersection of media, information and new communications technologies. It offers contextual study of the history, theory, ethics and criticism of the various practices, institutions and discourses in media, communication and information. The course provides the foundation skills and knowledge for work in the corporate media and information field, with considerable breadth of expertise. Fields of study can be chosen from: Film and Television; Internet Policy and Culture; Journalism; Advertising Design; Internet Design; Marketing; Multimedia; Photography and Public Relations.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites


Specific Requirements

While not a formal requirement for entry, students are encouraged to have basic computing skills. STAT elements considered are E and either V or Q.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning may be awarded for some units on the basis of substantial, relevant work experience, completed studies in vocational training or completion of undergraduate units in previous study. All applications are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This course is three years full-time or equivalent part-time study. Some units are available in a flexible mode and can be studied off-campus or with limited campus attendance. Most Internet units are available off-campus and require regular and reliableInternet access. As some other units involve hands-on production work in radio, print and television journalism and film and television production and a substantial time commitment on-campus may be required, sometimes outside normal business hours.

Course Organisation

This course consists of four equal sections - each containing six units - a core, a first stream, a second stream and electives.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

12194 v.5   Media, Communication and Information 111 - The Information Age 3.0 25.0
301065 v.3   Media, Communication and Information 101 - Research and Presentation Skills 3.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

12881 v.6   Media, Communication and Information 112 - Critical Communication 3.0 25.0
301066 v.4   Media, Communication and Information 102 - In-Between Cultures and the Popular Media 2.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 1

12882 v.5   Media, Communication and Information 211- Law, Policy and Regulation 3.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 2

12883 v.5   Media, Communication and Information 212 - Consumers, Audiences, Publics and Users 2.0 25.0

Majors, Streams or Other Core Components

300341 v.3   Journalism Stream (Mass Communication)   150.0
300340 v.3   Film and Television - Corporate Production Stream (Mass Communication)   150.0
303501 v.2   Internet Policy and Culture Stream (Mass Communication)   150.0
303503 v.3   Internet Design Stream (Mass Communication)   150.0
300350 v.5   Creative Advertising Design Stream (Mass Communication)   150.0
300344 v.3   Marketing Stream (Mass Communication)   150.0
300353 v.3   Photography Stream (Mass Communication)   150.0
300348 v.3   Public Relations Stream (Mass Communication)   150.0
300352 v.3   Multimedia Stream (Mass Communication)   150.0
# Students must take one of the following streams: Film and Television, Journalism, or Internet Policy and Culture plus one other stream not already chosen


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      
2006 Miri Sarawak Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Miri Sarawak Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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