Computer Mediated Communication

Subject 673-303 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 34 hours in total. Consisting of two 1 hour lectures per week and a 1 hour tutorial. There will be no tutorials in the first and last week of semester.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Robert Debski
Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the theoretical issues that surround the use of language in interpersonal and group computer-mediated communication (CMC). Topics covered will include: the Internet as a communication medium; understanding electronic communication technologies; communication of online identity; online relationships; communicating in virtual worlds; CMC in corporate cultures; access to online communication; language diversity and online communication on the Internet; language minorities on the Internet; CMC in language learning; online expression. Students undertaking this subject will become familiar with the social, cultural and linguistic issues of CMC. They will gain experience in using electronic tools such as Internet Relay Chat and other groupware. Upon successful completion, students will be able to better understand and critically evaluate the role of CMC in contemporary society and its impact on language use.

Assessment: A written class paper of 1000 words 25% (due during semester), an essay of 3000 words 65% (due at the end of semester), attendance and participation in tutorials 10%.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:Materials prepared by the Department.
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have skills

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