Risk Communication PG (8622.5)
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|School Of Arts And Communications||Post Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Learning outcomesOn completion of this unit, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. a critical understanding of the key ideas and historical debates in risk theory, and the on-going debates within the field;
2. a thorough knowledge of the relationships between risk theory and contemporary models of risk communication;
3. a critical awareness of strategic decision-making issues and constraints in risk communication research and practice;
4. an understanding of the cultural, political, economic and social influences on risk communication practice;
5. the ability to apply risk communication models in a variety of contexts;
6. a firm understanding of ethical considerations in the application of risk communication models in professional practice.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Assumed knowledgePrevious or concurrent study of social research methods.
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The required textbook for this unit is:
Frandsen, F. & Johansen, W. (2017) Organizational Crisis Communication. Los Angeles: Sage.
You can purchase it online from Footprint Books via SAGE: www.footprint.com.au
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Organizational Crisis Communication is available on short loan from the library (3h/3days).
All other readings for this unit will be made available on Canvas.
In addition the following is very useful in assessing research methods:
Bryman, A. (2016). Social Research Methods. (5th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Also available from the library.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: RISK PG 8622
All email correspondence must come from your University of Canberra student email address. This is required to protect your privacy. Emails from private addresses will be ignored.
All assignments are to be typed Times New Roman 12 point, a minimum of 1.15 line spaced on A4. Upload your assignments to the Unit Canvas website by the due date at the appropriate submission dropbox.
Use only an MS-Word file. Use file name: Last Name_First Name_assessment_item. doc (or docx.) For example: ONeil_Mathieu_Annotated_Bibliography.docx
All assessment items will be submitted online via the unit's Canvas site.
By submitting an assignment, you agree to the following:
- the assignment is my own work and no part of this work has been written for me by any other person;
- material drawn from other sources has been fully acknowledged as to author/creator, source and other bibliographic details according to unit-specific requirements for referencing; and
- no part of this work has been submitted for assessment in any other unit in this or any another Faculty.
Only use The American Psychological Association (APA) or Harvard referencing styles.
Assessment items will incur a penalty of a 5% deduction from the total amount of marks available for that particular assessment item, for each 24 hours, or part thereof, that an assessment item is submitted after a deadline has passed.
Please do not email late assignments to the unit convenor unless specifically requested to do so. Even if you do e-mail late assignments to the unit convener, they must also be uploaded to the unit's Canvas site, so that a proper record of their submission is recorded.
In cases of illness, misadventure, or extenuating circumstance, satisfactory documented evidence will need to be provided to gain permission for the late submission of assignments. Arrangements will then be made for submission of the assignment. The unit convener may require you to provide evidence that you have been working on the assignment.
Requests for an extension to submit assessable work must be made before the due date of an assignment or assessment item. No extensions will be granted after the due date has passed.
Generally, the following are not grounds for an extension: Inability to have an assignment typed by the due date; Ordinary work commitments; Disk, drive, printer, internet or computer failure; Inability to submit on time due to parking or traffic/transport difficulties; Time management issues.
Students registered with Inclusion and Welfare (I&W) – which supports students with disabilities and health conditions - should have I&W send an email to the unit convener that details the additional time required and proposed submission date.
For all assessable work, penalties may be applied if you do not follow instructions for submitting work.
Your grade and mark for each assessment item, and the final unit grade and mark, will be reported as one of High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Pass, or Fail with an appropriate mark.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
There is an expectation that students will attend and participate in all structured online sessions, and download and listen to lecture recordings. This is because participation is an important and significant component of learning design.
From our experience, there is a significant link between a student's participation, and the quality of their learning outcomes demonstrated by the submitted assessable project components.
Required IT skills
UC Library database searching; MS Word; e-mail; Canvas.
There are no additional costs associated with this unit.
Work placement, internships or practicums