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EDF6115

Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2013

Synopsis

This unit investigates the changes to communication practices associated with the use of new media which affect all areas and levels of education: P-12, post-secondary, workplace and community settings. By dealing with both conceptual-theoretical and practical issues, the unit considers the range and scope of research in literacy, communication and new media studies in a range of educational contexts. The unit provides opportunities for students to examine critically different approaches to research in literacy, communication and new media studies. Students will also consider how to use the research to inform professional thinking and practice

Outcomes

The main objectives of the unit are to:

  • appreciate a range of issues, dilemmas and debates central to research in the area of communication practices and the use of new media
  • identify the ways in which the new media environment, shaped by the Internet, change communication practices
  • read the research literature critically
  • use the research in the area of communication practices and the use of new media to inform professional thinking and practice

On successful completion of this unit, students should:

  • appreciate a range of issues, dilemmas and debates central to research in the area of communication practices and the use of new media
  • understand how the new media environment, shaped by the Internet, changes communication practices
  • learn how to read the research critically
  • consider the implications of the research for professional thinking and practice.

Assessment

Assessment in this unit is based on two pieces of work: 2,000 words (33%); and 6,000 words (66%).
In the first task, students are required to identify a significant debate central to research in the area of communication practices and the use of new media and to prepare a commentary indicating why it is of significance. In the second task, students are required to identify an issue related to communication practices and the use of new media, review the associated literature, then consider the implications for further research and for professional practice. It should be different in focus to the debate identified in Task 1

Contact hours

3 hrs per week