Net Communications

Subject MECM20003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 170-hours across the semester, including class time.





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

100-206 Net Communications

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Bjorn Nansen


Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to techniques in various modes of communication for digital media, with a focus on publishing for the internet. Students receive workshop instruction in digital content creation and web publishing techniques, with the aim of realizing specific projects during the semester. Lectures introduce students to issues in contemporary communications research and a present range of case studies exploring the internet's social, economic and political functions in order to contextualize their understanding of both internet theory and practical communication techniques. On completion of this subject, students will have gained a broad overview and developed skills relevant to working in fields of digital media communication.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the subject students should have:

  • acquired a critical understanding of the context of digital content creation and communication;
  • gained a practical awareness of a range of digital tools and methodologies for researching, producing and evaluating digital content;
  • developed introductory knowledge in solving problems encountered in the process of designing, constructing and evaluating internet publishing projects;
  • the ability to demonstrate enhanced information literacy skills relevant to digital media.

An online project equivalent to 1500 words 40% (due in the examination period), an essay of 1000 words 20% (due during the first half of semester), an essay of 1500 words 40% (due during the second half of semester).

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • be able to identify appropriate analytical frameworks to effectively communicate their ideas in both written and oral forms and on the world wide web;
  • be able to contribute to group discussion, and to engage with the views expressed by other students;
  • be able to organise their personal study to reflect on their own learning processes and to complete assessment tasks in a timely manner.

This subject is not available as Breadth. This subject is available to students enrolled in the BA (Media and Communications), BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Commerce, and BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Laws. Formerly available as 100-106 Cyber Communications, students who have completed 100-106 Cyber Communications or 100-106/100-206 Net Communications are not eligible to enrol in this subject. Students are not permitted to enrol in this subject if they have completed or are enrolled in 103-002 Internet Applications.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Certificate in Arts - Media and Communications
Graduate Diploma in Arts - Media and Communications
Media and Communications

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