UWA Handbook 2015

Major details

FURTHER INFORMATION

Marlia Fatnowna

My major in Communication and Media Studies has really helped shape what I want in my career. We need more Aboriginal faces on our televisions and I hope I can be part of the amazing generations that are leading the way for Aboriginal journalists and television personalities.

Communication and Media Studies major

Communication and Media Studies is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving areas of study in today’s media-driven world. What we know of the world, and how we act in it, is critically related to the use of communication technologies, from language to screen, and from text to avatars on the Web. This major provides you with essential theoretical knowledge as well as practical communication skills including the use of the latest digital multimedia technology. Communication and Media Studies will prepare you with the flexible, generic and portable skills essential for success in a rapidly changing international media and communications environment.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of, and understand the application of key concepts, methodologies and theoretical traditions from the fields of communication and media studies; (2) demonstrate high level communicative skills including oral and written presentation, group-prepared presentations, screen and digital media presentation, manual writing, and professional communication; (3) complete, and express, research coherently and logically in both online and text formats; (4) work critically within disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts; (5) demonstrate competence in a range of digital software applications including image manipulation, digital video, digital animation and audiovisual text creation; (6) independently formulate, plan and execute an original digital media project; (7) demonstrate project management skills; (8) explain the theoretical or research significance of practical production work; (9) demonstrate cooperation and leadership in peer learning group contexts and participation in discussion settings; (10) work effectively in small and diverse teams using professional protocols; (11) understand codes of practice such as the media code of ethics including the application of these standards as it relates to the production of news stories or media productions involving, for example, culturally diverse members of the community; and (12) recognise and understand the importance of cultural diversity and ethics including the ability to apply this knowledge in media production and interviewing techniques.

Degree-specific major

Communication and Media Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Communication and Media Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, OS COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning Incompatibility: COMM1101 Human Technology: Debating Communication
S2, OS COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications Incompatibility: COMM2202 Culture, New Media and Communications

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2, OS COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media Prerequisites: COMM1001 Human Technology: Debating Communication or COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications or ENGL1112 Screen Cultures/Print Cultures or LING1101 Language and Communication
Incompatibility: COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media
S1, OS COMM2002 Digital Media Prerequisites: (COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications or COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning) or (COMM1101 Human Technology and ENGL1112 Screen Cultures/Print Cultures or LING1101 Language and Communication)
Incompatibility: COMM2203 Digital Media

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2, OS COMM3001 Case Studies in Communication Prerequisites: (COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media or COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media) or (COMM2002 Digital Media or COMM2203 Digital Media)
S2, OS COMM3002 Communication Project Prerequisites: COMM2002 Digital Media or COMM2203 Digital Media
Incompatibility: COMM3302 Communications Project
S1, OS COMM3003 Designing Play Prerequisites: (COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media or COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media) or (COMM2002 Digital Media or COMM2203 Digital Media)
Incompatibility: COMM3304 Designing Virtual Play
S1, OS COMM3004 Journalism in Practice Prerequisites: (COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media or COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media) or (COMM2002 Digital Media or COMM2203 Digital Media)

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Communication and Media Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CMMST (opens in a new window)

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Communication and Media Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-CMMST-Generic (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Communication and Media Studies can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Communication and Media Studies can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

The Communication and Media Studies second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1, OS COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning Incompatibility: COMM1101 Human Technology: Debating Communication
S2, OS COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications Incompatibility: COMM2202 Culture, New Media and Communications

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2, OS COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media Prerequisites: COMM1001 Human Technology: Debating Communication or COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications or ENGL1112 Screen Cultures/Print Cultures or LING1101 Language and Communication
Incompatibility: COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media
S1, OS COMM2002 Digital Media Prerequisites: (COMM1002 Cultures, New Media and Communications or COMM1001 Power, Participation and Meaning) or (COMM1101 Human Technology and ENGL1112 Screen Cultures/Print Cultures or LING1101 Language and Communication)
Incompatibility: COMM2203 Digital Media

Level 3

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S2, OS COMM3001 Case Studies in Communication Prerequisites: (COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media or COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media) or (COMM2002 Digital Media or COMM2203 Digital Media)
S2, OS COMM3002 Communication Project Prerequisites: COMM2002 Digital Media or COMM2203 Digital Media
Incompatibility: COMM3302 Communications Project
S1, OS COMM3003 Designing Play Prerequisites: (COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media or COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media) or (COMM2002 Digital Media or COMM2203 Digital Media)
Incompatibility: COMM3304 Designing Virtual Play
S1, OS COMM3004 Journalism in Practice Prerequisites: (COMM2001 Communication and Mass Media or COMM2201 Communication and Mass Media) or (COMM2002 Digital Media or COMM2203 Digital Media)

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Communication and Media Studies can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-CMMST (opens in a new window)

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Communication and Media Studies can also be taken as a degree-specific major.