Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)


Previously coded COM5201


The unit examines the development of communication and information organisations and technologies, the social forces driving their expansion, their social and economic impact, and the role of technological systems and practices in social development. The nature of organizational communication and the role of technology in communication are discussed as well as their implications for communication arts, economies, and society.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Highly developed knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for the participation in and management of complex organizational and technology-driven processes;
  2. A high level understanding of and competency at dealing with the convergence between organizational and social-technological knowledge sets;
  3. A complex understanding of the large-scale and long-term social, political, institutional and economic context in which organizational communications systems and communication technologies systems occur;
  4. Increased knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary for independent research; enhanced capacity to formulate and research technology and organizational communication issues, to analyse and evaluate arguments, develop a case study, and understand critical approaches to technology and organization-focussed communications;
  5. Enhanced intellectual independence, and greater self-reliance and critical distance in intellectual and professional activity especially related to organizational and technology dilemmas and issues;
  6. In addition, students studying this unit at Level 5 will demonstrate the capacity to make an informed critique of the nature, role and limits of communication technologies in the workplace and the key forms of organizational communication.


Assignment 1 Case Study (4000 words): 40%
Assignment 2 Research Essay (5000 words): 60%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 3 hour seminar) per week.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be expected to participate for a minimum of one hour per fortnight in on-line discussion.