Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Black


Previously coded COM1520


This unit provides a broad introduction to communications and media studies and its theoretical traditions and concepts, with a particular focus on contemporary communications and media industries and debates. The unit is designed to encourage students to apply their own individual and social contexts of communications and media to key theories of the discipline. Individual lectures are directed to providing basic theories and concepts within communications and media studies through an industry case study approach.


Upon successfully completing this unit, a student will:

  1. possess a basic understanding of the field of communications;
  2. employ basic concepts in the study of communications;
  3. analyze the role of communications in processes of social and cultural change;
  4. be able to apply communication analysis to everyday life;
  5. be informed about areas of industry and community life where the study of communications is applicable and relevant.


Critical review (675 words): 15%;
Essay (1575 words): 35%;
Online Quiz (225 words): 5%
Online Quiz (225 words): 5%
Tutorial presentation (225 words) and participation: 5%;
Examination (2 hours, 1575 words): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study