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Communication Theory: A Toolbox for Practical Problem Solving G (11628.1)

Level: Graduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Design
Discipline: School of Arts and Communications


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This unit introduces communication theory and its relevance in a real world context. It demonstrates there is nothing as practical as a good theory. Students will solve practical problems by using major theories and perspectives in communication. During this unit, students will be required to think critically and analytically about the role of communication and media in society and culture, and how theory and practice inform each other.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Examine and evaluate key concepts, models, terminology and theories relevant in the interdisciplinary field of communication;

2. Using current research, critically discuss a range of communication theories and justify the application of specific theories to professional communication practice; and

3. Develop a range of written, verbal and visual communication skills and materials that will be used to make connections between theory and practice.

Contact Hours

To be advised.





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