Communication and Media (COMM)

COMM 0001  Academic Literacy (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900095  
Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0002  Academic Skills for Communication (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700218  

This unit introduces students to the essential academic skills required for success in tertiary studies. It employs an explicit pedagogy approach to teach students how to become independent, active, and reflective learners. The unit also includes essential research and writing skills specific to the Communication Arts.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0003  Academic Skills for Design (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700221  

This unit introduces students to the essential academic skills required for success in tertiary studies. It employs an explicit pedagogy approach to teach students how to become independent, active, and reflective learners. The unit also includes essential research and writing skills specific to the Diploma in Design.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0004  Communication and Media (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700260  

Communication and Media introduces students to key terminology, concepts and debates in the fields of Communication and Media Studies. The unit looks at the role of communication in a variety of private, professional and public contexts, developing students' ability to identify, evaluate and adopt effective communication practices. Students will also be introduced to the basic critical vocabulary and tools necessary to analyse media discourse and advertising.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 0005 - Communication and Media (UWSC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0005  Communication and Media (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900026  

The globalisation or interdependence caused by changes in economies and communications along with the influence of new forms of communication and mass media has led to the introduction of media and communications courses in secondary and tertiary education programs. This unit is one which will not only attempt to structure student interest in general communication principles, media, and information technology but also enhance their vocational, interpersonal and academic potential. It is designed to be an introduction to media and communication studies at university.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0008  Developing Academic Language and Literacy  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900209  
Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0009  Grammar Workshop (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900116  
Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0010  Successful University Writing  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900210  
Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0011  Texts and Communication (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700192  

This unit assists students to develop skills in reading and textual analysis. It introduces students to the basic principles of reader response theory and general strategies to improve reading resilience. Textual analysis skills are built through engagement with a diverse range of texts on a variety of themes, which are relevant both to the contemporary world and to later studies at both the Foundation and University level. By the end of this unit, students will be able to read, discuss, analyse and write about texts in ways appropriate to academic levels of study.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 0012 - Texts and Communication (UWSC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0012  Texts and Communication (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900092  
Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0013  Unistep Academic Literacy  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900205  
Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0014  Graduate Research Literacy (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 900122  
Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 0015  Communication Practices (WSTC Prep)  (10 Credit Points)  

What does it mean to be a communication professional in the digital age? In this unit students will explore the various study and career options available to them in communication industries. They will engage with a range of skills and practices to boost their success in later units and to start thinking and working like a communication professional. Engaging in a case study of an Australian media professional and developing a professional profile of their own ensures that students can identify and develop their own strengths relevant to their communication journey.

Level: Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1001  Advanced Standing for Communication 140  (0 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102623  
Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1004  Approaches to Text  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100641  

Why do we read books? Reading literary texts is crucial to our ways of understanding the world and ourselves. In this unit students learn that reading resilience, close reading skills and the ability to identify specific literary techniques are foundational to studying literature. Students will read a range of Australian texts including fiction, poetry, short stories, drama and criticism. They will analyse how meanings in those texts are shaped by diverse cultural and international contexts. This unit builds reading capacity while engaging students in key debates about literature today: what it means, how it works, and why it matters.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 0130 - Approaches to Text COMM 1005 - Aproaches to Text (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1007  Communication in Health  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 400732  

Good communication within the health care setting is associated with improved health outcomes. This unit introduces students to foundation knowledge and skills required for effective communication with various stakeholders in varied and complex health situations. The unit is skills-based and uses case studies to create scenarios to which students learn to respond. There is a focus on the client interview and various questioning techniques designed to facilitate a therapeutic relationship as a means of developing rapport and trust. Strategies to promote communication within, between and across health professional disciplines, teams and government agencies is also explored. Written forms of documentation as well as communication skills required to communicate health information to clients, groups and the wider community are also presented. The unit uses a 'student capital' framework to facilitate reflection on current communication skills and those required for success at university and in future practice.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 7034 - Communication for the Helping Professions COMM 1008 - Communication in Health (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1008  Communication in Health (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700062  

Communication is integral to professional relationships, whether working individually with a client, educating community members on health matters, or working with other professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team. This unit aims to develop communication skills in preparation for work within the health professions across these areas. Communication skills will include those needed to form therapeutic relationships with individual clients and groups, as well as those required to communicate health information to clients, groups and the wider community. Students will develop skills to establish appropriate working relationships with professional colleagues.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1007 - Communication in Health LGYA 7034 - Communication for the Helping Professions COMM 1043 - CommsHealth(UGCert)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1009  Creative Writing: Practical Skills and Knowledge  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102437  

This is the second of two Level 1 foundation units in the Creative Writing Major. The unit focuses on developing students into writers by giving them the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to become published writers. Students will develop a body of original creative work while reflecting critically upon writing practice. The unit is built around participation in writing workshops, which emphasise improving your work via practical feedback from tutors and peers. Themes covered include writing the personal, writing about place, experimentation, specificity, originality, voice and starting a career in writing. No previous creative writing experience is necessary.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1010  Creative Writing: The Imaginative Life  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102436  

What is an imaginative life, and how do we bring it into the practice of creative writing? This is the first of two Level 1 foundation units in the Creative Writing Major, in which students can find the right place to begin their own writing journey. They will learn how storytelling in all its forms shapes our imaginative life, and begin to acquire practical skills to develop their writing. The unit involves two-hour workshops taught by experienced and widely published writers from the Writing and Society Research Centre and the school of HCA. No previous creative writing experience is necessary.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1011  Data, Mediation and Power (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700269  

Data, Mediation and Power investigates the operation of power in contemporary digital media cultures and economy. The unit examines the primary role played by data in determining how we live in the world. This includes how we interact with the world, its people and digital artefacts, in terms of communication and meaning. The unit focuses on technologies of control and governance related to algorithmic architectures and data economies. Who benefits from data and mediation and what are the limits and possibilities of data? Ultimately, this kind of critical analysis invites us to think about what constitutes a just, democratic society and what constitutes an ethical media life.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Co-requisite(s): Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year Two units  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1023 - Mediated Mobilities COMM 1012 - Data Mediation and Power  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1012  Data, Mediation, Power  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102421  

Data, Mediation, Power investigates the operation of power in contemporary digital media cultures and economy. The unit examines the primary role played by data in determining how we live in the world. This includes how we interact with the world, its people and digital artefacts, in terms of communication and meaning. The unit focuses on technologies of control and governance related to algorithmic architectures and data economies. Who benefits from data and mediation and what are the limits and possibilities of data? Ultimately, this kind of critical analysis invites us to think about what constitutes a just, democratic society and what constitutes an ethical media life.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1023 - Mediated Mobilities COMM 1006 - Communication Research COMM 1024 - Mediated Mobilities (WSTC) COMM 1011 - Data Mediation and Power (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1015  Foundations of Media Arts and Production  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101927  

In 2021, this unit replaced by unit 102825 - Introduction to Screen Media. This unit explores creative and independent media arts practices across moving image, audio and participatory forms, and introduces students to fundamental principles of sound and screen production. The unit maps theoretical and practical connections between the creation and study of images and sound across media formats through an integrated theory/practice programme focused on the processes through which media artefacts are created. Students learn how to analyse and critically evaluate screen media and also to plan and make simple short works of their own. It introduces students to relevant media arts histories and contexts (with a focus on cinema) in addition to a range of technologies, media practices and production techniques.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 0161 - Image Sound Text COMM 1028 - Screen MediaCOMM 1039 - Introduction to Screen Media COMM 1016 - Foundations of Media Arts and Production (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1018  Introduction to Journalism  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100556  

This unit introduces students to the fields of journalism and new media, covering the concepts of news values and news research for target audiences. It looks at the role of the journalist and the professional skills of news gathering and news writing. The subject also considers the legal and ethical obstacles and obligations faced by journalists operating in an environment of fast paced communication. The methodologies underlying professional practice as well as delivering news with speed for multimedia platforms are central to this unit.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 0049 - Journalism News Reporting COMM 1019 - Introduction to Journalism (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1019  Introduction to Journalism (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700182  

This unit introduces students to the fields of journalism and new media, covering the concepts of news values and news research for target audiences. It looks at the role of the journalist and the professional skills of news gathering and news writing. The unit also considers the legal and ethical obstacles and obligations faced by journalists operating in an environment of fast paced communication. The methodologies underlying professional practice as well as delivering news with speed for multimedia platforms are central to this unit.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Co-requisite(s): Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year 2 units  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1018 - Introduction to Journalism  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1020  Media Cultures and Industries  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101926  

This unit introduces students to the concept of media in terms of how it has changed, how it works and its impact on our lives and society. It builds the necessary foundation for further theoretical and practical study and understanding of the media in future years. Its approach brings practice-based research together with experiential learning and theoretical reflection. At the conclusion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate a fundamental critical understanding of the media. In addition, students will have developed their digital literacy through the creation of digital creative works.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 0221 - Approaches to Communication COMM 1002 - Approaches to Communication COMM 1021 - Media Cultures and Industries (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1021  Media Cultures and Industries (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700180  

This unit introduces students to key theories and approaches in communication (political economy, policy studies, medium theory, audience studies, game studies) in order to analyse the diversity and richness of media cultures. The unit situates media cultures within historical contexts that register the enormous impact communication technology has had in shaping culture and society. After examining the special properties of broadcast media (e.g. newspapers, radio, music) and the rise of the modern nation-state and consumer society, the unit attends to the massive transformation of society with the advent of digital media. Across the unit, policy issues will be addressed in order to demonstrate how policy holds substantial implications and effects with respect to media content, economies, and culture.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Co-requisite(s): Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year Two units  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1020 - Media Cultures and Industries COMM 1002 - Approaches to Communication COMM 1003 - Approaches to Communication (UWSC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1026  Principles of Professional Communication 1  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100483  

The unit provides students with an introductory understanding of a range of communication theories and practices necessary for academic work and professional success.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 0278 Written and Oral Presentation 2 LGYB 8920 Business Skills for Professionals LGYB 9625 Professional Skills for Science and Technology COMM 1027 Principles of Professional Communication 1 (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1027  Principles of Professional Communication 1 (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700040  

This unit provides students with an introductory understanding of a range of communication theories and practices necessary for academic work and professional success.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1026 - Principles of Professional Communication 1  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1030  University Study and Communication Skills 1 (Block Mode)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102052  

This unit aims to lay the foundations for academic literacy and study skills required for the successful completion of university study and for lifelong learning. It focuses on developing critical thinking and reflection skills; referencing for essay writing and assignments; oral and written communication skills; skills for reading and interpreting different texts; time-management, computer and e-learning skills for studying at UWS. The unit includes a general orientation to University life, familiarising students with academic language, procedures and the general requirements of progression and assessment at university level.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1029 - University Study Skills (AREP) LGYA 1674 - University Study Skills (Day Mode) LGYA 1622 - University Study Skills (Block Mode)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1031  University Study and Communication Skills 2 (Block Mode)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102053  

This unit further develops skills acquired in University Study and Communication Skills 1. It also provides opportunities for students to: develop knowledge about working in teams; research a topic of their choice; practice and present a formal oral and visual presentation to their peers; and prepare an associated written report.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1030  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1025 - Practical LiteracyCommunication Skills (Block Mode)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1032  Writing Ecologies  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101920  

This unit introduces students to a set of theories and strategies for exploring storytelling in networked environments and the way social and cultural experiences continue to shape and inform the way we read, write and communicate. Grounded in contexts key to Communication Arts practice, the unit explores what it means to be digitally literate, the difference between newer and older storytelling environments, and the way networked technologies have re-shaped contemporary reading/writing practices. Students will complete a range of analytical and creative tasks that aim to build understanding of the dynamic nature of communication while further developing academic research and writing skills.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 0212 - Writing as Communication COMM 1034 - Writing as Communication COMM 1002 - Approaches to Communication COMM 1033 - Writing Ecologies (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1033  Writing Ecologies (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700178  

This unit introduces students to a set of theories and strategies for exploring digital literacy and the way social and cultural experiences shape and inform the way we read, write and communicate. Grounded in contexts key to communication arts practice, the unit explores what it means to be digitally literate, the difference between newer and older reading/writing environments and the way the digital is re-making contemporary reading/writing practices. Students will complete a range of analytical tasks that aim to build understanding of the dynamic nature of communications while further developing academic research and writing skills.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Co-requisite(s): Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year 2 units  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1032 - Writing Ecologies  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1036  Introduction to the Creative Industries  (10 Credit Points)  

Careers in the Creative Industries are on the rise. They're innovation-led, mobile, global and adaptable. In the short-term success can be a matter of luck but a long-term career requires tactics, talent, and savvy business acumen. In this hands-on unit we'll introduce you to some of the key opportunities in the Creative Industries in fields as diverse as Communication, Media, Music, Design, Writing and associated aspects of Intellectual Property Law and Entrepreneurship. We'll look at the Creative Industries from historical and contemporary perspectives, and hear from industry contributors working in the field right now. You'll be introduced to 'future of work' skillsets, including entrepreneurship, leadership, collaboration and communication capabilities, and you'll learn how to situate your own creative knowledge within them. Available to students from all disciplines, this unit will suit you if you're passionate about taking your creative career to the next level.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1037  Digital Narrative  (10 Credit Points)  

Effective storytelling is at the heart of engaging content. In this unit, you'll learn the basic principles of fictional, narrative storytelling used in screen media. Following on from Screen Media Fundamentals, you'll learn more advanced principles of screen media production, including genre, visual storytelling, camera coverage, lighting, visual style, editing, sound design and performance. You'll also develop an awareness of key narrative concepts such as narrative form, structure, conflict and basic scriptwriting techniques. You'll plan and create a short narrative screen media work, which will demonstrate your enhanced storytelling and production skills.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1041  
Incompatible Subjects: COMM 2036 - Screen and Sound Practices 2  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1038  Digital Narrative (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  

Effective storytelling is at the heart of engaging content. In this unit, you'll learn the basic principles of fictional, narrative storytelling used in screen media. Following on from Screen Media Fundamentals, you'll learn more advanced principles of screen media production, including genre, visual storytelling, camera coverage, lighting, visual style, editing, sound design and performance. You'll also develop an awareness of key narrative concepts such as narrative form, structure, conflict and basic scriptwriting techniques. You'll plan and create a short narrative screen media work, which will demonstrate your enhanced storytelling and production skills.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1042  
Co-requisite(s): Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year Two units  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2036 - Screen and Sound Practices 2 COMM 1037 - Digital Narrative  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1039  Introduction to Screen Media  (10 Credit Points)  

Welcome to the dynamic and evolving world of Screen Media. In this unit you will learn how to analyse and critically evaluate cinema, from classic Hollywood to Arthouse and Australian films, along with a range of compelling documentary, animation, immersive and interactive content from around the globe. You'll reflect on the impact of technology and the different approaches to creating and producing powerful content. Inspired by best practice, you will have the opportunity to plan and create simple, short works of your own using accessible media.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 0161 - Image Sound and Text COMM 1028 - Screen Media COMM 1015 - Foundations of Media Arts and Production COMM 1016 - Foundations of Media Arts and Production (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1040  Introduction to Screen Media (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  

Welcome to the dynamic and evolving world of Screen Media. In this unit you will learn how to analyse and critically evaluate cinema, from classic Hollywood to Arthouse and Australian films, along with a range of compelling documentary, animation, immersive and interactive content from around the globe. You'll reflect on the impact of technology and the different approaches to creating and producing powerful content. Inspired by best practice, you will have the opportunity to plan and create simple, short works of your own using accessible media.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Co-requisite(s): Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year Two units  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 1015 - Foundations of Media Arts and Production COMM 1039 - Introduction to Screen Media COMM 1016 - Foundations of Media Arts and Production (WSTC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1041  Screen Media Fundamentals  (10 Credit Points)  

Creating compelling video content requires more than just knowing how to use a camera or edit a video. In this hands-on, practical unit, you will develop an appreciation of different tools and techniques, and enhance your ability to be able to create more powerful moving visuals: from researching and planning ideas, composing and framing compelling images, recording, enhancing sound, and editing. You'll have the opportunity to create a range of short content using accessible media, and publish your work online. No prior skills required.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Incompatible Subjects: COMM 2035 - Screen and Sound Practices 1  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1042  Screen Media Fundamentals (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  

Creating compelling video content requires more than just knowing how to use a camera or edit a video. In this hands-on, practical unit, you will develop an appreciation of different tools and techniques, and enhance your ability to be able to create more powerful moving visuals: from researching and planning ideas, composing and framing compelling images, recording, enhancing sound, and editing. You'll have the opportunity to create a range of short content using accessible media, and publish your work online. No prior skills required.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Co-requisite(s): Students enrolled in the combined DiplomaBachelor courses listed below must pass all College Preparatory units listed in the course structure before progressing to the Year Two units  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2035 - Screen and Sound Practices 1 COMM 1041 - Screen Media Fundamentals  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 1043  Communication in Health (UG Cert)  (10 Credit Points)  

Communication is integral to professional relationships, whether working individually with a client, educating community members on health matters, or working with other professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team. This unit aims to develop written and verbal communication skills in preparation for work within the health professions across these areas. Communication skills will include those needed to form therapeutic relationships with individual clients and groups, as well as those required to communicate health information to clients, groups and the wider community. Students will develop skills to establish appropriate working relationships with professional colleagues.

Level: Undergraduate Level 1 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 7034 Communication for the Helping Professions COMM 1008 Communication in Health COMM 1007 Communication in Health  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2001  Account and Client Management  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101941  

Effectively managing a client or an ‘account’ requires a special combination of skills. In this subject, you’ll learn the basic principles of account management and how to nurture and foster an environment of trust, respect and partnership. Working on an applied project, you’ll explore best practice in ‘hard skills’: understanding clients’ objectives, developing a strategy, managing a project, preparing and holding effective meetings, writing WIPs (work in progress) and contact reports, and working toward specific financial/success metrics. Just as important to your success in client-facing roles are ‘soft skills’. You’ll learn how to be more proactive, overcome procrastination, manage ‘challenging’ personalities, develop a network, adapt to cross-cultural differences, and present well. Both hard and soft skills are critical to the success of your project, your role as client liaison, and importantly, your career.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): MKTG 1001 OR
MKTG 1009
  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2044 - Writing for the Professions  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2002  Advanced Standing for Creative Writing 210  (0 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102440  
Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2003  Advanced Standing for Creative Writing 220  (0 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102443  
Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2004  Advanced Standing for Film Studies 210  (0 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102458  
Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2005  Advanced Standing for Film Studies 220  (0 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102461  
Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2006  Advertising: Media  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101034  

This unit explores the critical role of Media in Advertising Campaigns. Through research, analysis and strategic thinking, students will develop media plans for clients. This unit covers media planning in depth: choosing different combinations of media to achieve campaign objectives - digital, outdoor, print, social, radio, TV, cinema, ambient; the use of consumer insight in planning, measures of performance, and creativity in planning and buying.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): MKTG 1001 OR
MKTG 1006
  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 0738 - Audience Analysis and Media Planning  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2009  Cinema and Censorship  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102192  

Censorship of the arts has long been a contentious issue. This unit examines the cultural contexts and debates surrounding censorship, as well as the institutions, policies, and people that figure prominently in the history of cinema censorship. Censorship discourses reveal shifts in how 'national morality' is constructed, and often display cultural anxieties about changing meanings of gender, sexuality, race, and class. This unit offers an historical survey of film censorship from the 1890s to today, utilising various theoretical approaches (feminist theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and cultural theory), with an emphasis on topics such as obscenity, pornography, violence, and blasphemy.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2011  Communication Strategies  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102056  

Communication Strategies is a dynamic practice-oriented unit designed to teach students how to interrogate and analyse real clients' products/services, issues and opportunities, markets and audiences, in order to develop effective communication strategies. Through discussion topics and project-based work, students will learn how to design and implement a holistic communications strategy that is relevant for a particular client.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: MKTG 2009 - Public Relations Tactics COMM 2007 - Advertising Strategy LGYA 1172 - Public Relations Strategy  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2014  Editing and Publishing  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102435  

What makes a good editor? How do editing and publishing work in Australia and the wider market? This unit provides an introduction to basic skills required when editing texts for publication, and a survey of key issues confronting literary publishing in Australia. Skills in editing and an understanding of Australian publishing are valuable assets for students of creative writing. They are also relevant to industry-based work in a range of related fields such as advertising, public relations and journalism. This unit will focus on three areas: the practice of editing, modes of publishing, and the economics of writing and publishing.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2015  Events Management  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101940  

This unit introduces understandings about events as forms of public relations typologies and promotional models. These include strategic public relations and management processes, researching the event promotion environment, infrastructure, organisational and event promotion processes and funding. Students will analyse behaviours of event publics, audiences and participants, matching event opportunities with publics, and conceptualising events as service experiences. Students will develop strategies for developing event partnerships, funding and sponsorship relationships. These include managing the development of the event setting/venue, programming and personnel affecting the on-site event experience, and developing appropriate merchandising strategies for events.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): MKTG 1009  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3017 - Events Management  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2016  Experimental Writing and Electronic Publication  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100584  

Experimental Writing and Electronic Publication is a practical and experiential exploration of modernist writing practices.Students will be introduced to a range of innovative writing techniques designed to stimulate creative thinking and assist in the development of a regular writing practice. Areas of study include: exploration of pre-writing processes; experimental writing genres; power of language; evaluative process; and the development of individual and collaborative techniques for planning and executing writing projects. A primary component of this unit includes working on writing exercises both at home and in class. These exercises will be used to develop the end-of-unit major project.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2017  Feature Writing  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102061  

This subject takes students beyond event and reactionary reporting towards an understanding of the proactive process of exploration, interpretation and exposure in journalism. Students learn how to find, filter and file information in a dynamic and constantly changing environment. Given a lot more time to explore issues, students learn to add value to information while keeping the story current, to deadline and in the public sphere, while negotiating with the media industry to get their stories out into the public sphere. Students are encouraged to develop their unique writing styles while also focusing on social issues such as trauma, violence, mental health and wellbeing.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1018  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 0585 - Journalism Feature Writing COMM 2023 - Magazine Journalism  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2019  Interactive Design: Games  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102272  

This unit focuses on game design from an interactive design perspective. Approaches utilising current digital technologies for advanced interactive design are explored. Students will design and produce simple games for mobile and/or desktop delivery. The focus of the unit is about the communication and experience design, rather than technical implementation. Interactive game design examples are examined from the context of shifting production languages, convergent technologies and the design professional contexts. This unit includes game development concepts, platforms, goals and genres, player elements, simple story and character development, gameplay, levels, interface, and the game development process. Students will play games, analyse them, and complete a game design with appropriate documentation.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2018 - Interactive Design ll  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2020  Introduction to Film Studies  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100964  

The unit will introduce students to the key theoretical strands of film studies and key concepts in the analysis of film. The unit will explore techniques of narrative, performance, genre, realism and spectatorship, as well as introducing methods to analyse the use of editing, cinematography and sound. A case study of a key historical film movement or genre will introduce students to the study of cinema in its cultural contexts. The unit will also address the transformations in screen cultures as a result of digital technologies and new media.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2022  Journalism: Research and Investigation  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102017  

Investigation and research are fundamental to journalism and many other forms of writing. This unit provides students with the skills to dig deeper to uncover information with which they can build stories that have depth and impact. Students will analyse the role and power of investigative journalism within the information media industry.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1018  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 0583 - Speciality News Reporting COMM 2021 - Investigative Journalism  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2024  Media Law and Ethics  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101928  

Media Law and Ethics focuses on the media and communication industries of public relations, journalism, advertising and media production, and examines issues including: the legal framework in which these creative communication industries operate, the role of ethics in decision-making in these industries, and the impact of regulation. It considers these issues in relation to their historical and philosophical contexts, and in terms of the contemporary context of digital networked media. This unit provides a foundation for professional practice in the Communication and Creative Industries key programs.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2010 - Communication Law and Ethics  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2026  New Media Contexts (WSTC)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 700084  

The convergences and diversifications in the communications media industries of the past two decades have completely altered the environment within which they operate for producers and consumers alike. Issues about digitalisation, convergence, globalisation, the network society and communications media governance require a complete reconceptualisation of the media in order to be able to understand the impact of these changes upon professional practices and consumer habits. This unit will introduce students to international perspectives on issues in the new media contexts, and an appreciation of some of the social and cultural implications.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2025 - New Media Contexts  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2027  News Reporting  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102062  

This unit introduces students to news gathering, research, story construction and news writing for delivery over a variety of platforms, from print-based to online, broadcast and social media. It gives students foundation skills which they can then apply in the subsequent electronic and feature units.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1018  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 0129 - Online Journalism COMM 2028 - News Reporting for Convergent Media  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2029  Photo Journalism  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100953  

Students studying this unit examine the function of photojournalism in the process of newsgathering and production and examine the relationship between images and text and their communicative potential. The unit involves a variety of approaches to photojournalism using monochrome and colour photography and location lighting for social documentary for ultimate use in a range of published forms.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 0636 - Photo Journalism  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2032  Professional Writing and Editing  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101929  

Professional communicators require advanced writing and editing skills. This unit explores the nature of writing and preparation of texts for use across different media platforms and in various contexts. In particular, the unit develops skills in editing and re-purposing of writing, and further develops understanding of key writing tools such as voice, emphasis, tone, grammar and punctuation and Plain English for professional purposes. Through in-class workshops and time-restricted editing tasks, students will demonstrate a range of professional writing skills from corporate communications to advanced editing. Through in class presentations, discussions and short written tasks, students will demonstrate an applied understanding of conceptual and theoretical issues related to writing and editing for diverse audiences and applied to a range of current issues.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 0221 - Convergence and New Media COMM 2012 - Convergence and New Media COMM 2025 - New Media Contexts COMM 2026 - New Media Contexts (UWSC)  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2035  Screen and Sound Practices 1  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102406  

This unit introduces students to the principles of screen and sound media production with an emphasis on digital video, new media, and short film drama production. Students develop an awareness of screen language through critical reflection upon classic and contemporary cinemas as well as practical exercises. Through a series of specialised modules and workshops, students develop their knowledge and skills in media production including camera coverage, visual storytelling, genre, narrative, montage, and sound design and editing. The unit is complemented by technical training in camera, sound and editing software.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2034 Screen and Sound Practices  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2036  Screen and Sound Practices 2  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102407  

Following on from Screen and Sound Practices 1, this unit introduces students to more advanced principles of screen and sound media production with an emphasis on digital video, new media, and short film drama production. Students develop a depth of awareness about screen language through critical reflection upon classic and contemporary cinemas as well as practical exercises. Through a series of specialised modules and workshops, students continue to develop their knowledge and skills in media production including camera coverage, visual storytelling, genre, narrative, montage, and sound design and editing. The unit is complemented by further technical training in camera, sound and editing software. Students produce a major creative media project for a video work under 10 minutes duration.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 2035  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2034 - Screen and Sound Practices  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2043  Writing Fiction  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100896  

In this unit students explore, critically examine, and write in a range of fictional and essay forms. They critique a wide variety of published fiction in order to enhance their understanding of approaches, possibilities, and techniques, thereby developing a greater capacity to write and critically evaluate their own work. Students create their own fiction in the form of written exercises and assignments, which they will have the opportunity to workshop and present to peers in a supportive and constructive critical environment.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 6562 - Creative Writing LGYB 4536 - Writing Fiction  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2047  Pitch: Podcasting Essentials  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102697  

This unit will teach students the fundamentals of podcasting, giving them the expertise needed to produce their own podcast feature. Working with academics and industry experts students will learn research and communication skills for finding, pitching and developing audio stories (backgrounding, writing, interviewing, presentation, critical review) and basic technical skills in sound and editing. This unit will show students how to get the most out of their software and hardware, and how to maximise their distribution channels to reach target audiences. Students will also learn how to recognise and evaluate key legal and ethical issues in research and recording content for publication. There is no need to know any of these things already, or have a story ready to tell; this unit is for all levels of experience and disciplinary backgrounds.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2048  Communicating for Sustainability  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102705  

This unit will enable you to become an environmental sustainability leader by building your capacity to be a confident and effective communicator. Environmental sustainability is vital to human wellbeing and planetary health. Effective communication is required to bring about transformation at individual, organisational and societal scales. In this unit you will participate in three modules focused on the key ingredients required for communicating sustainability: strategy, design and storytelling. Weekly learning pods developed by industry and academic leaders are designed to demonstrate what has worked well in practice, across business, government, community and not-for-profit sectors. Assessments provide you with an opportunity to implement the models, concepts and ideas you've learnt during the weekly learning content. This unit is recommended for all students, regardless of discipline.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2050  Multiliteracies  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102739  

This unit develops students' skills, knowledge and competencies to address a wide range of literacies across multiple technologies, platforms and contexts, including the digital, written, visual, aural, spatial, gestural, and tactile dimensions of meaning production. In any society there are a range of literacies, and contexts in which those literacies might be deployed. Multiliteracies go beyond the traditional textual models of literacy to describe the rich variety of cognitive and cultural tools we use to make sense of the everyday. Multiliteracy is key to our professional and personal effectiveness as well as to our functioning as individuals and citizens in a world characterised by increasing local diversity and global connectedness.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2051  Animation and Visual Effects  (10 Credit Points)  

Explore the art and technology of animation and visual effects as applied to digital screen media production. In this unit, you will be introduced to the principles of animation and compositing and learn how to create effective motion sequences integrated with sound. Working with commercial software, you will explore the unique possibilities of animation and visual effects production and experiment with alternative, creative, narrative storytelling approaches. Develop critical, conceptual and practical skills within the context of animation and visual effects which will then enable you to deliver powerful and compelling visual stories on multiple media platforms.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2008 - Animation and Visual Effects COMM 2031 - Principles of Non-Linear Editing COMM 2042 - Visual Effects  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2052  Documentary: Factual Screen Media  (10 Credit Points)  

Documentary is an evolving area that continues to flux and change. Due to developments in media distribution, technological change and convergence, audiences are increasingly engaging with factual content in new and innovative ways. This unit explores both conceptual and production approaches to documentary in various forms. Students are introduced to key documentary histories and modes and examine a range of traditional and evolving practices including animated, online interactive and transmedia documentary outcomes. Students produce a short documentary project and in doing so develop professional skills and approaches to production roles as well as ethical relationships and responsibilities with participants and topics.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1015 OR
COMM 1039
  
Co-requisite(s): COMM 1037  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 2041 - Video Camera and Image Formation COMM 2013 - Documentary Media  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 2053  Narrative: Fictional Screen Media  (10 Credit Points)  

In the 21st Century the nature of storytelling has evolved. Fictional screen narratives are now delivered across multiple platforms, devices and spaces. At the same time different platforms are strategically used to extend and add new layers to stories while deepening audience interaction and engagement. This unit introduces students to more advanced principles and processes in the production of fictional screen media. Students will learn how to work effectively in collaborative production teams across various key roles in pre-production, production and post-production. Working in teams, students produce a creative cross-platform narrative screen media project.

Level: Undergraduate Level 2 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1015 OR
COMM 1039
  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3020 - Media Arts Project  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3001  Advanced Standing for Creative Writing 310  (0 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102446  
Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3002  Advanced Standing for Creative Writing 320  (0 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102594  
Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3003  Advanced Standing for Film Studies 310  (0 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102464  
Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3005  Australian Textual Studies  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100849  

This unit aims to increase students' knowledge of the scope and variety of Australian writing. It examines a range of Australian texts from a number of contexts, usually organised along historical and/or thematic lines, and considers the role of writing both "high" literature and more popular forms in constructions of Australian culture. Issues of place, gender and race may be foregrounded, and consideration given to how these influence images of Australia. Film and television texts may also be included or emphasised.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 0186 - Australian Textual Studies LGYB 4976 - Australian Authors Special Study LGYB 4974 - Australian Literature The City and The Bush  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3006  Cinema and Experience  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101984  

Film Studies and Literary Studies share some common theoretical foundations and analytical methods. However, considered in its cultural contexts, the question of how a film is experienced by spectators becomes critical. Films engage spectators in an embodied and affective way. The unit will argue that we cannot understand how a film takes up thematic and cultural questions without exploring the dynamics of spectatorship. This unit will explore some key approaches to film spectatorship and will look at how cinematic techniques shape narrative, genre, character, and thematic and cultural questions into embodied and affective experience.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 0027 - Film Genre and Affect LGYA 0256 - Film and Affect  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3008  Communication Research Project  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101930  

This final year unit provides a capstone experience as a bridge into professional work or as a precursor to further research studies. The 'open box' approach invites students to develop a concept for a research report or professional project, undertaking preparatory stages of collective and individual research in an area of interest that has emerged as a result of previous studies. Students will generate project options that draw on historical and contemporary research issues and approaches to guide the development of their own research questions and methods specific to their object of research. A range of methodological approaches will be explored, including practice-based methods, industry observation/shadowing, qualitative interviews, and quantitative digital methods. Students will develop their own reading lists, identify appropriate research methods and conduct some pilot testing and evaluation of findings for their project. Students will also learn how to read and consume academic and scholarly research in order to critique problematic issues in published research reports.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3039 - Visual Thinking COMM 3019 - Media Analysis  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3010  Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102433  

Creative Industries Professional Project or Internship will allow students to work with Creative Industries practitioners in a 'real world' context. Students will collaborate with an industry partner, applying design thinking to achieve creative solutions within an internship placement or develop their own creative industry project.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3011  Creative TEAMS 1  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102431  

Creative TEAMS 1 will bring students together in interdisciplinary groups to work with Creative Industries practitioners in a 'real world' context. Students will learn how to collaborate to develop an original solution to a "wicked" problem set by the industry partner. Through research and planning, in relation to a set of relevant constraints: such as cultural, social, environmental, site and audience, students will develop a strategy that utilises the appropriate media, message and approach, to address the identified target audience, based on research findings.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3012  Creative TEAMS 2  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102432  

Creative TEAMS 2 will bring students together in interdisciplinary groups to work with Creative Industries practitioners on professional projects. Students will learn how to collaborate to develop original solutions with industry partners. Through research and planning, in relation to a set of relevant constraints: such as cultural, social, environmental, site and audience, students will develop a strategy that utilises the appropriate media, message and approach, to address the identified target audience, based on research findings.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 3011  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3013  Creative Writing Project  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100859  

This unit extends students beyond the writing of individual stories and poems into larger areas of creative writing, such as the discontinuous narrative, the novella, and the cycle of related poems and/or stories. It involves students in the process of developing a major project from an initial set of ideas, through the stages of drafting to a "finished" product, using workshop techniques, individual interviews and peer critiquing. It aims to give each student some experience of a relationship with readers (fellow students) and an editor (the tutor).

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3014  Digital Communication  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102518  

This unit covers the theory and practice of social/digital media (SDM) for marketing and communication in a variety of business, advertising and public relations agency contexts. It provides an introduction to the areas of strategy, creative writing and media planning for SDM. It examines trends and issues surrounding the usage of SDM and application and development of practical and tactical tools. Case studies and examples are used to demonstrate best practices. Students develop a major project where they demonstrate appropriate and professional usage of SDM strategies and tactics in a marketing communication context.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): MKTG 1001 OR
MKTG 1009 AND
COMM 2011
  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3016 - Digital and Social Media Communications  
Incompatible Subjects: LGYA 1699 - Digital and Social Media Communication COMM 3004 - Advertising Digital Media  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3015  Digital Journalism Production  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102057  

Digital technologies have revolutionised news delivery. Journalists in every area of the profession now require video, audio, online and print skills to work across multiple platforms and contexts. This unit introduces students to multiplatform digital journalism and the ways in which multiple media can be used to tell stories for a range of contexts.Students develop their own blog site, that is populated using digital devices for working with video, audio and text to engage with a range of social media storytelling modes to extend stories across multiple media contexts. Based on an understanding of ethical and informed journalism practices, students are encouraged to develop their own voice as an independent thinker and writer into the public domain of online publishing.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3036 - Television Journalism COMM 3030 - Radio Journalism  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3018  Internship  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101173  

This unit provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they are developing during their studies to tasks within a workplace (the host organisation). The unit may involve substantial contact with the public through workplace placements and, for this reason, it is equivalent to a professional placement. The unit is recommended for students in their third year of study (or part time equivalent).

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 0737 - Advertising Internship LGYB 0070 - Professional Internship - Public Relations LGYB 0119 - Professional Internship - Journalism LGYB 0074 - Media Co-Productions DESN 3009 Professional Practice Design  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3022  Media Memory  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101931  

Media memory is now a critical field of study in journalism, advertising, visual communication and media. The media builds local, national and transnational identities through the representation of the past. Media industries such as advertising rely upon collective memories to design campaigns in order to reach particular audiences. Journalists increasingly 'assemble' stories from digital archives, recombining similar or related events from the past to build stories and features of the present. Individuals increasingly contribute to news events through their own 'witnessing' of events, capturing and sharing material using mobile and social media. This unit addresses these processes by providing a brief history and overview of approaches to thinking about media and memory, in the context of the significance of media convergence and digital memory within contemporary media ecologies. The unit provides students with a series of case studies that approach the memory of particular events, drawing on examples from advertising, public relations, visual communication, animation, film, broadcasting and journalism. Students develop a media research project that engages with the material presented in the unit.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3031 - Researching Media Audiences  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3024  Modernity and Cinema  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101001  

This unit will engage with the question of how social and aesthetic issues interact in films by examining specific questions which are related to cinema history. Issues of identity will be used to focus upon the ways in which historical contexts interrelate with artistic practice. The unit will consider the process of creating emotions, the consideration of techniques of production and the manipulation of cinema language, the use of narrative or non-narrative form to convey the sense of reality, (or the unreal, the uncertain).

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYC 1620 - Modernity and Cinema  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3025  News Teams  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102063  

This unit introduces students to the concept surrounding the editorial team process and the culture of the newsroom across all news media. It explores the social and organisational context of news production in commercial, public or community news organisations. It draws upon theory from communication, sociology, psychology, and management to provide a broad understanding of the principles and practices of effective and creative news teams. It critically analyses the structures, processes and techniques of news gathering to enable quality team outcomes. The unit encourages collaborative working relationships and develops students' own practice in a team.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3026 - News Teams and Newsroom Cultures  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3035  TV Production 2  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102409  

In 2023, this unit replaced by 102834 - Screen Media: Capstone Production. Television Production 2 is a practical and vocational unit that provides students with a range of advanced skills for working in the television production and broadcast sector. The course encourages multiplatform conceptualisation and distribution of projects exploring the futures of television in online, mobile and networked environments. Students build on their knowledge and experience from TV Production 1 across a range of roles including project planning, scriptwriting and research, filming, sound recording, video editing, and post production. Working in small teams students develop and produce a TV series with professional production values for broadcast through public media contexts.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 3034  
Co-requisite(s): COMM 2036  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3021 - Media Arts Workshop COMM 3038 - Video Project COMM 3033 - TV Production COMM 3050 - Screen Media Capstone Production  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3037  Transmedia Production  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101939  

In 2023, this unit replaced by 102833 - Screen Media: Capstone Development. Video is now delivered across multiple platforms and spaces, both online and offline via mobile networks; through festivals, public spaces and galleries and across social network sites. At the same time video productions are increasingly designed to be Transmedia where different platforms are strategically used to extend and add new layers to stories while deepening audience interaction and engagement. Students will learn about 360 degree storytelling as strategic communications. Students will develop a professional transmedia project proposal for a service, product or system that works across multiple platforms, engaging with audiences through social network sites. Students will explore how content can be meaningfully embedded and linked across multiple platforms to engage target audiences.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 3020 OR
COMM 3015 OR
DESN 2010 OR
COMM 2018 OR
COMM 2018 OR
COMM 2034 OR
COMM 2042
  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3021 - Media Arts Workshop COMM 3049 - Screen Media Capstone Development  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3041  Writing For Performance  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100895  

In this unit students will consider the history and theory of a selection of performance traditions including Greek tragedy, Elizabethan and Jacobean and modern drama and post-modern performance and write scripts for one or a number of media, including screen (film and television), dramatic theatre, performance poetry and song lyrics and contemporary performance.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 4928 - Writing for Performance LGYA 0302 - Writing for Screen and Stage  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3042  Writing Poetry  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101011  

What does a poem look or sound like today? In this unit students examine poetic forms, styles and techniques from various cultures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students are taught to analyse and write poetry via a series of guided workshop exercises. They learn that writing poetry also involves becoming a skilled reader of and about poetry. Students enrich their knowledge and love of poems by scrutinising a range of poetic types and methods including imagism, metaphor, free verse, humour, spoken word traditions, song-writing, ecological poetries, and visual and digital poetries. No previous experience in poetry writing is necessary.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYB 4537 - Writing Poetry  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3043  Writing Portfolio  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 100582  

In this level 3 foundation unit of the Creative Writing Major, students are guided by experienced, professional writers in producing an extended portfolio of original creative writing, in a genre (or genres) of their choice. Students will read closely from a wide range of literary texts while completing an intensive program of in-class writing and workshopping activities. They will gain skills in reading and interpreting texts from different genres, eras and contexts - including culturally diverse settings. Students will develop skills in drafting, editing and polishing their own creative work, and in situating their writing within the Australian literary and publishing industries.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3045  Advertising: Campaigns  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102730  

In this capstone unit students will learn to professionalise key aspects of the advertising management process. The unit provides the opportunity to link and apply theoretical understanding with research, writing, planning, creative development and media, and presentation skills in response to a live client brief provided by a multi-national advertising agency. The 'real world' situation allows students to demonstrate their capacity for problem analysis and to develop appropriate and timely solutions. Students will work within an allocated budget and to realistic industry deadlines to produce a campaign they can include in their portfolio. Assessment tasks will enable students to demonstrate emerging professional capacity and prepare themselves for a communication position, either in an advertising agency, media agency or consultancy.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 2011 AND
COMM 2006
  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 1057 - Advertising Campaigns COMM 3007 - Communication Campaigns  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3046  Personal Branding Strategies: Build and Manage Your Career Profile  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102780  

A strong personal brand can open doors to career opportunities, promotions and partnerships in all industries. This unit is essential for anyone who wants to propel their career, build a reputation, capitalise on opportunities and stand out to future employers. Using user-centred theories and approaches, we'll teach you how to create a personal brand aligned to your values and goals in a way that engenders confidence, trust and credibility. You'll learn the skills to network so you can connect with and leverage the influencers who can accelerate your reputation. How to build and showcase your brand, both online and offline, and how to manage it over time. How to craft short talks and presentations (based on the philosophies and techniques of TED), to inspire your audience to action. This unit is recommended for all students, regardless of discipline.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Incompatible Subjects: COMM 2049 - Personal Branding Strategies Build and Manage Your Career Profile  
Restrictions: Please see the Subject Details page for any restrictions for this subject  
COMM 3047  Episodic Screen Media  (10 Credit Points)  

In this unit students will analyse and develop an episodic narrative production using concepts and production strategies for serialised narrative storytelling for online platforms. Students will be introduced to the University's broadcast television studio and operation. Students will build their knowledge and practical skills in the conceptualisation, planning, editing of serialised online web and streamed based narratives. This unit will require students' attendance in workshops delivered in blocks and participation in studio recording.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1037  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3021 - Media Arts Workshop COMM 3038 - Video Project COMM 3033 - TV Production COMM 3034 - TV Production 1  
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COMM 3048  Immersive Screen Media  (10 Credit Points)  

New technology developments have facilitated the integration and design of immersive technologies to more fully engage audiences with narratives and brands. In this unit students will study user engagement and visual effects theory and analyse the application of these theories and business models on innovative commercial and creative industries case studies. Students will be introduced to using immersive cross platform technologies and 360 filming. Students will develop a scoping and design template for their own project concept. The project proposal will outline the rationale, using visual design elements and compositing requirements, to build a multi-layered digital experience for a venue, project or brand.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 1037  
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COMM 3049  Screen Media: Capstone Development  (10 Credit Points)  

In this unit students develop a major screen media project which will be produced in the unit Screen Media Capstone Production. The nature of the project may vary depending on students' interests and career aspirations. Projects may range from documentary, drama, episodic, animation, immersive, transmedia, interactive and other hybrid forms. Depending on the nature the project, projects maybe developed individually or in interdisciplinary groups. Projects may be original creative ideas or undertaken in collaboration with an industry and/or community partner.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 3047 AND
COMM 3048
  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3021 - Media Arts Workshop COMM 3037 - Transmedia Production  
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COMM 3050  Screen Media: Capstone Production  (10 Credit Points)  

In this unit students produce projects that were planned and developed in the previous unit, Screen Media: Capstone Development. This unit provides the opportunity for students to consolidate theoretical knowledge and practise-based skills acquired throughout their course to produce a substantial screen media project. Students may choose to take on a leadership role such as producer or director, or students may choose develop their skills targeted to their own area of interest. This may involve a specific production area or crew role which may be undertaken on more than one project. Students will also produce an online portfolio featuring key achievements made throughout the course, for the purpose of enhancing graduate employment prospects.

Level: Undergraduate Level 3 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: COMM 3021 - Media Arts Workshop COMM 3038 - Video Project COMM 3033 - TV Production COMM 3035 - TV Production 2  
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COMM 7001  Adaptive Leadership, Management and Team Work  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102519  

The Creative Industries provide opportunities for innovative and integrative working styles and methods, particularly in SMEs and multi-disciplinary collaborations. This industry-facing unit provides an understanding and application of specified theories and methods of leadership, management and collaboration, with a creative, technological and/or entrepreneurial focus. You will devise an individual, semester-long professional development challenge in leadership, management or collaboration and apply your learnings to problem-solve a current professional situation. A supplementary collaborative group project allows you to apply and customise industry roles, techniques and processes in a strategic response to a client brief. You will investigate and analyse one model of leadership, management or collaboration that is found in the creative industries.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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COMM 7002  Convergent Media Internship  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101426  

This professionally oriented unit consists of a work internship placement with a corporate media or community communications division of an organisation. These agencies may include WSU research centres, educational, community and cultural agencies within Sydney and corporate and professional organisations in Australia or off-shore, as agreed. The focus of the internship is to research and contribute to audience/community liaison and development, and/or to contribute to the cross media production and/or marketing plans of the organisation. During the placement students will develop documentation to capture and manage ideas about professional development, industry trends, professional links, case studies and associated documentation. On completion of the placement students will present a comprehensive report.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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COMM 7003  Foundations of Media Arts Production (PG)  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102300  

This unit explores creative and independent media arts practices across moving image, audio and participatory forms, and introduces students to fundamental principles of long-form sound and screen production. The unit maps theoretical and practical connections between the creation and study of images and sound across media formats through an integrated theory/practice programme focused on the processes through which long-form media artefacts are created. Students learn how to analyse and critically evaluate screen media and also to plan and make simple short works of their own. It introduces students to relevant media arts histories and contexts (with a focus on cinema) in addition to a range of technologies, media practices and production techniques.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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COMM 7004  In the Realms of the Sensory: Ecologies of Word, Sound and Image  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102342  

This unit develops an awareness of the cultural, aesthetic and sensory contexts in which the communication, design and creative arts are practiced. It examines approaches to creative practice and the role that creativity and experimentation, as well as collaboration and social creativity, play in the research process. Particular attention is paid to visual, aural, and alphabetic technologies, and the form of augmented virtual realities and artefacts they create. Mimicry, novelty and improvisation, critique and speculation, 'handlability' or tacit knowledge are some of the practices and concepts studied. While the unit is designed for students engaged in creative research, it has relevance for those analysing creative works as part of their research.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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COMM 7006  Media Project Production  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101745  

This unit offers an individual, or group of, student(s) the opportunity to develop, produce and evaluate a Media Project developed in the Media Project Proposal Unit. The project production will cover implementation and evaluation issues relevant to media products. The final product is intended to be a significant new media project prototype. Individual students can negotiate the project of their choice, but this should be based on the Media Project Proposal (or equivalent) developed in the Spring Semester, or first half of semester if you are a full time student. A 5,000 word report forms part of the assessment.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Pre-requisite(s): COMM 7007  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 1411 - Media Production  
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COMM 7008  Media Research Project  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102521  

This research-focused unit enables students to develop and produce a major work on a convergent media subject and theme, such as: communications and design theories and practices, data visualisation, content creation for convergent media, and digital humanities. The unit will cover methods for designing and implementing an academic or practice-based research project through workshops and exercises. Students may be introduced to techniques for: differentiating appropriate research methodologies; integrating research techniques into the planning and creation of a research project; field research, action research and research-creation; devising a literature review and constructing a logical argument; and critical reading.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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COMM 7009  Mobile Media  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101743  

The proliferation of the mobile device and the evolution of mobile networks has profoundly changed the social and interpersonal sphere and the global media landscape. This unit combines both theory and practice to engage with Mobile Communications and Society: the cultural, family and interpersonal consequences of mobile communication and its effect on every day life, social cohesion, political and economic activities, social development and change, and Mobile Media: current media production and distribution platforms, practices and trends. This unit includes the production of content for distribution via mobile devices.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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COMM 7010  New Genres in Research Writing  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102662  

This unit focuses on new, innovative, interdisciplinary genres of writing arising after the putative end of critique and with the rise of non-representational thought. These new writing practices mix genres and meld theoretical, critical and creative modes. Focusing on fictocriticism, creative nonfiction, documentary fiction and the multi-media essay, we explore the experimental ethos and affective and new materialist methodologies to which these forms lend themselves. Students will develop a body of original creative-critical work in any genre through a series of seminars and writing workshops.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
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COMM 7011  Researching Convergent Media  (10 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 101962  

The contemporary creative industries landscape is characterised by the breakdown of traditional media silos and the transformation of media production and consumption practices. Media, marketing and creative professionals are now required to understand and connect with their audiences across multiple media platforms and to undertake diverse research deploying many new methodologies. The aim of this unit is to provide students with an historical, geopolitical and theoretical introduction to research in the creative industries. The case studies and topics covered vary from semester to semester and can include data visualisation, digital ethnography, digital games, community media, digital arts, activist networks, social media and cross platform projects. Using current media theory, design theories, and research methodologies, students will select, analyse and contextualise case studies.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Equivalent Subjects: LGYA 1632 - Methods and Case Studies in Convergent Media  
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COMM 7012  Strategic Communication  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 102292  

Local and international industry trends show that strategic communication, particularly including agendas of innovation and ethics, are a growing force in the convergent media landscape. This unit introduces students to both the science and art of strategic communication. It is grounded in an advanced understanding of the complexity of human communication processes and driven by a conviction that systematic research and analysis is required to inform strategic communication responses. This unit is based around a series of assessments that require students to address a real-world business challenge or a social issue in ways that take advantage of convergent media environments.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Incompatible Subjects: LGYA 1704 - Strategic Communication  
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COMM 7013  Ideate, Develop: Makerspace 1  (10 Credit Points)  

Ideation is at the core of creative industries. This practice-led research unit will teach you how to ideate, develop and pitch a major project, which you can then produce in the Makerspace 2 unit. We will show you how to mobilise your own creative interests, how to identify and research a creative or market challenge, and teach you techniques for generating ideas and innovative solutions-based responses. You'll learn systemic methods and tools for creative ideation across multiple platforms and channels, including UX (user experience), UI (user interactivity), design thinking, IA (information architecture) and UCD (user centred design). We'll also teach you how to pitch your project so it captures the imagination and attention of clients and audiences.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Incompatible Subjects: COMM 7007 - Media Project Proposal  
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COMM 7014  Innovate: The Entrepreneurial Mindset  (10 Credit Points)  

This unit focuses on current trends and issues in innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative industries with a strong focus on small to media enterprises (SME), ventures within existing business and within government. The unit addresses methodologies for innovation, such as design-thinking and futuring; the role and efficacy of public and private incubators; the forms, foundations, qualities and capacity of entrepreneurship and business development strategies; and the role of networking and industry partnerships, with a focus on the capacities of social media to effect change in markets and partnerships, and business development strategies.. The unit covers existing 'new' business models and emerging trends, such as social entrepreneurship and co-working spaces. The unit builds on previous capstone units Ideate, Develop: Makerspace 1 and Produce, Generate: Makerspace 2 in introducing further methods for creative ideation with a focus on technology.

Level: Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject  
Incompatible Subjects: COMM 7005 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship PG  
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COMM 9001  Higher Degree Research Thesis - Communication and Media Studies  (20 Credit Points)  
Legacy Code: 800003  
Level: PhD and Research Masters Level 9 subject  
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