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CU1112 - Communication, Information and Society

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject is a core subject in the BA (Communication). However, it is open to all students, in particular those with an interest in modern communication and the social impact of information technologies. Students will be introduced to current theoretical approaches to the study of communication and information. By select case studies, these theoretical approaches will be critically appraised in terms of their historical origins, cultural peculiarities philosophical implications and effectiveness for investigating problems and issues in these fields.

Learning Outcomes

  • a broad understanding of the consequences of change in the practice and technology of communication;
  • ability to apply theoretical techniques in analysing oral, visual, kinaesthetic modes of communication;
  • enhance skills in critical reading and written expression;
  • knowledge of the main theoretical approaches to the study of communication and information;
  • knowledge of the terminology used in the study of communication and the key concepts of major theories.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning processes and products.

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Allison Craven.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (40%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Allison Craven.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (40%).

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Allison Craven.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (30%).

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