Introduction to Communication (9023.3)
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|Discipline Of Communication And Media||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| 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:
1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role and importance of communication in society;
2. Demonstrate elementary knowledge of the key communication professions, and the correlations and contrasts between these professions;
3. Demonstrate elementary knowledge of the key forms of communication and media platforms;
4. Demonstrate an awareness of those audiences/users for which communication is designed; and
5. Demonstrate a general sense of how communication theory relates to the practice of communication.
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 - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
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 - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
1. UC graduates are professional. Because we collaborate closely with industry and other stakeholders, our graduates have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to succeed in their profession and become leaders in their field.
UC graduates can:
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- communicate effectively;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
- take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
2. UC graduates are global citizens. We support students to gain the knowledge and confidence to be global citizens.
UC graduates can:
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
- communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners. Our graduates are passionate about being at the forefront of their profession, staying in touch with the latest research, news and technology.
UC graduates can:
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development;
- be self-aware;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology.
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Relevant readings are available in e-reserve.
Other texts relating to the weekly topics that may help with assignments:
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Participation in tutorials enables students to meet the criteria in all assessment items, but particularly Assessment Items 2 and 3.
Required IT skills
This unit requires that you use Moodle for this unit. You will need basic computing skills.
Work placement, internships or practicums
- Winter Term, 2018, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (177707)
- Semester 1, 2018, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (176504)
- UC College Trimester 3, 2017, On-Campus, UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce (166563)
- Winter Term, 2017, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (164892)
- Semester 1, 2017, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (165329)
- UC College Trimester 3, 2016, On-Campus, UC - University of Canberra College, Bruce (162965)
- Winter Term, 2016, On-Campus, UC - Canberra, Bruce (162967)