Project Based Communication

Subject 175-134 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2009.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Non-native speakers will need to present evidence of English language proficiency (ie. 7 on IELTS or equivalent). There are no specific requirements for native speakers.
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:


Ms Celia Thompson
Subject Overview: This subject is designed to introduce students from all disciplinary backgrounds to a range of theories of communication through a project-based and critical approach to learning and research. Students will increase their understanding of the role played by language, gender and culture in different communicative contexts. In addition, students will learn about the theory and practice of critical thinking and group dynamics. This subject will enable students to develop their speaking and writing abilities for a range of audiences. Students will complete a variety of individual and group-based tasks including the presentation of a paper at a student-run conference. On completion of the subject students will have increased their knowledge of communication theory; will be able to undertake well-documented academic research, analyse scholarly texts critically and present their own research findings in both verbal and written formats.
  • speak confidently and effectively in public meetings and in group discussions;
  • devise and use graphic and electronic communication aids;
  • write effectively for a range of academic purposes and audiences.
Assessment: A collaborative project of 600 words 15% (due week 5); an abstract and annotated bibliography of 600 words 15% (due week 6); an oral presentation equivalent to 1000 words 25% (due week 10); a written research paper of 1000 words 25% (due at the end of semester); and class exercises of 800 words 20% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: A reading package will be available at the University bookshop at the start of semester
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • participate effectively in group work;
  • critically analyse texts from a range of genres;
  • acknowledge information sources appropriately;
  • deliver a formal oral presentation using appropriate visual aides;
  • self and peer review oral and written work.
Notes: Formerly available as 145-003/134/234. Students who have completed 145-003/134/234 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) and Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Diploma in Arts (English Language)

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