Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications) - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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The Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications) provides you with an opportunity to learn in detail about the human dimensions of the internet: how people network, collaborate and share information through internet communications, media and design. You will develop advanced skills in creating, maintaining and managing online communications for personal and commercial interactions, as well as gaining knowledge of the social and cultural contexts within which those interactions occur.

The approach is interdisciplinary: you develop skills in social media, websites, public communication, social network management, collaboration via virtual organisations and web media production. At the same time you will understand the political, economic and social changes associated with the Internet. By combining this major with recommended electives in media, design, business, information technology, marketing, and other disciplines, you will create the right degree course for you to become an astute, engaged professional communicator via the internet.

In this degree, you will study:

  • Internet communications
  • Virtual communities and collaboration
  • Social media and social networks
  • Web publishing, presence and production
  • Internet economics, politics and regulation
  • Online research and analysis

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. understand and apply key concepts of Internet Studies and apply trans-disciplinary thinking to the application and creation of ideas concerning networked technologies of information and communication
  2. think critically, creatively and reflectively so as to imagine, design, use and critique networked technologies of information and communication
  3. conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research to find, access, organise, evaluate and synthesise information through a variety of media and apply that information to the construction of knowledge
  4. communicate and facilitate communication through a variety of media, for different purposes, and for different audiences
  5. use the Internet and related networked technologies of information and communication with an understanding of the complex interaction of political, cultural, and economic forces that constitutes technology as social
  6. further develop skills and knowledge through self-directed learning
  7. understand the complex interplay of local, national and global factors that influence and are expressed through the Internet and networked technologies of information and communication
  8. recognise and value cultural difference and understand its significance in relation to network technologies and their use in society for communication and information
  9. act ethically and responsibly to use, sustain and expand the social, business and cultural networks that exist via the Internet, when working independently and in teams.

The internet is now an essential part of the media and communications environment in society and is part of most people’s everyday lives. The BA (Internet Communications) will enable you, depending on the choices you make in the units you study, to work in a number of fields of employment: internet communications, social media, marketing and public relations; internet content management; internet policy and regulation; online research and analysis; virtual communities; website design and development; online media production; web publishing and more. Your studies will also lead to careers in more traditional media and information industries that are now moving online, as well as any corporate entity, public or private, that utilise online communications.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study
  • Able to meet the university course admission requirements

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Entrance Requirements
  • English Language Competency

Entrance Requirements

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.
    To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre) link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc
  • Successful study through OUA – either:

*   Successful completion of Humanities Pathway; OR
*   Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies English language competency requirement.); OR
*   Successful completion of two OUA degree level units with separate evidence of English competency is required.

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English competence is not required)
  • Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English competency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

English Language Competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent)
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English competence
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English competence
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

If you haven't studied at university level before, the OUA Pathways (please see Option 1 below) is one entry path that you can follow. OUA Pathways is ideal for students who want a structured start to their studies and, as a bonus, you can also study three preparatory units for free. Learn more about OUA Pathways

If you have studied at university level before, please follow Option 2.

If you're already enrolled in this course, please continue with your Level 1 units, followed by the Level 2 and Level 3 Major units.

Option 1

  • Step 1 - Complete the four required units from the Humanities Pathway table below, and you can also enrol in the optional preparatory units for free
  • Step 2 - Complete NET102, WEB101 and MED104 in the Level 1 core units table below
  • Step 3 - Complete all Level 2 and 3 major units
  • Step 4 - Complete 9 electives

Option 2 (Step 2-4 can be taken in any order)

  • Step 1 - Complete the four units in the Level 1 core units table
  • Step 2 - Complete two units from the 'Your next 2 units' table
  • Step 3 - Complete all Level 2 and 3 major units
  • Step 4 - Complete ten electives

All students are strongly advised to contact the Course Coordinator directly for advice internetstudies@curtin.edu.au.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications), students must complete 24 units of study, comprising of:

  • a 10-unit major in Internet Communications;
  • 10 electives drawn from any other areas of study, and
  • 4 general humanities units for breadth of education.

Note that no more than 6 of the 10 electives can be Level 1 units, unless special permission is given by the course coordinator; students are advised to take 6 Level 2 and 3 units where possible.

Majors

Students must complete 24 units in total: a 10-unit major in Internet Communications, 4 common core humanities units and 10 elective units. Students who have successfully gained recognition of prior learning will not be required to complete as many electives and/or humanities units. You must contact the Course Coordinator to discuss recognition of prior learning before you select your units.

Electives

Some suggested elective streams are listed that you may wish to consider: web design, writing, marketing, information technology. These have been chosen as suggested complements to your major, however, they are not the only options possible (as long as you ensure you have the requisite mix of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year electives as stated above). Please contact the course coordinator if you have any questions or concerns about your study plan. 

Please Note: When choosing electives, students need to consider whether there may be prerequisite requirements. In some cases these can be waived – please consult with the relevant coordinators for those units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM19 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHIX137 Macquarie SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7
Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC1001 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Web Communications
WEB101 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Engaging Media
MED104 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Internet and Everyday Life
NET102 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Writing, Rhetoric and Persuasion
PWP1212 Curtin SP1 SP2 - -
Internet Design Introduction
DIG2512 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 Please note that SSK12, SSK10 and SSK130 are approved alternatives to APC100.
2 Recommended elective

These first six units are all first-level units: two major core units (NET102, WEB101), two common core humanities units (APC100, MED104) and two elective units (PWP121, DIG251). They provide the best start to your studies: note that your course coordinator can provide information about alternative choices to the recommended units.

Complete 2 units from the following 9 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Living Culture
MECX120 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Seeing Culture: Vision, Visuality and the Senses
MECX121 Macquarie - SP2 - SP4
News and Politics
CMM18 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHIX137 Macquarie SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Politics in a Global Context
POIX101 Macquarie - SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian and Global Societies
SOCX175 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - SP4
Introduction to History of Art and Design
VIS18 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art and Creativity
VSW1001 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 If you wish to complete or have already done other units which are similar to these, please contact the Unit Controller to discuss whether they can be counted here.

Your next two units are the remaining first-level units which complete your general humanities requirement. Your course coordinator can provide advice as to whether other units you may have already done can be substituted for these units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Web Publishing
WEB206 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Web Media
WEB207 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Internet Communities and Social Networks
NET204 Curtin SP1 - - -
Internet Commerce and Consumers
NET205 Curtin - SP2 - -
Web Play, Online Games and Gamification
WEB310 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Web Production
WEB300 Curtin SP1 - - -
Internet Politics and Power
NET303 Curtin - - SP3 -
Internet Collaboration and Organisation
NET308 Curtin - - - SP4

You should not start these units until you have completed at least 6 of the units listed above. You also need to complete the remaining elective units (8 if you have undertaken the recommended electives noted above, or 10 if you have not taken these). It is recommended to do a mix of major & elective units each year. You must take at least 4 Level 2/3 electives, if possible 6. Students may complete NET390 Internet Studies Project (double unit) for 2 of their electives.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internet Studies Project
NET390 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 -

Students can complete NET390, a double unit, as a project that covers 2 electives. You do this as part of your total 10 electives. Please note that entry to NET390 is dependent on Course Coordinator approval based on grades achieved in other units and that NET390 should be done after you have completed most or all of your other units.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internet Design Introduction
DIG251 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Internet Dynamic Environment Design
DIG351 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Internet Interactivity Design
DIG252 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Internet Delivery Design
DIG352 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Information Design
LIM2251 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 Students who wish to enrol in LIM225 should contact the Information Studies Course Controller (ugrad-infostud at curtin.edu.au) about the prerequisite unit before enrolling.

Students must complete 8-10 electives from one or more of these streams. Note that these units are recommended, not required, & students can study any combination of units within OUA to meet their needs. You must do at least 4 Level 2 or 3 electives unless given permission to vary this requirement. You do not have to study all your electives in one stream.

  Required Elective Optional
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Writing, Rhetoric and Persuasion
PWP121 Curtin SP1 SP2 - -
Writing the Zeitgeist
PWP210 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Writing, Editing and Publishing
PWP211 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Tricks of Truth and Authenticity
PWP220 Curtin - SP2 - -
Creative Writing: A Practical Introduction
ENGX201 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Writing and Research for Professional Contexts
PWP311 Curtin SP1 - - -
Styles and Genres of Journalism
CMM129 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
News Writing and Ethics
CJR200 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Online News Production
CJR330 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -

Students must complete 8-10 electives from one or more of these streams (8 if you have undertaken the recommended electives noted above, or 10 if you have not taken these). Note that these units are recommended, not required, & students can study any combination of units within OUA to meet their needs. You must do at least 4 Level 2 or 3 electives unless given permission to vary this requirement. You do not have to study all your electives in one stream.

  Required Elective Optional
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Fundamentals of Marketing
MKT10007 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Consumer Behaviour
MKT20025 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Integrated Marketing Communication
MKT20021 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Principles of Advertising
ADV10001 Swinburne SP1 - - SP4
Concept Development and Copywriting
ADV20002 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Advertising Issues: Regulation, Ethics and Cultural Considerations
ADV20001 Swinburne - SP2 - -
Introduction to Public Relations
CMM127 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Relations
CMM220 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

Students must complete 8-10 electives from one or more of these streams (8 if you have undertaken the recommended electives noted above, or 10 if you have not taken these). Note that these units are recommended, not required, & students can study any combination of units within OUA to meet their needs. You must do at least 4 Level 2 or 3 electives unless given permission to vary this requirement. You do not have to study all your electives in one stream.

  Required Elective Optional
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Introduction to Programming
CPT120 RMIT SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Programming 1
CPT121 RMIT SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Web Programming
CPT270 RMIT - SP2 - SP4
Information Systems Fundamentals
INF10006 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Database Concepts and Modelling
INF20004 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Human-Computer Interaction
ICT20008 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Management Support Systems
INF20006 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4

Students must complete 8-10 electives from one or more of these streams (8 if you have undertaken the recommended electives noted above, or 10 if you have not taken these). Note that these units are recommended, not required, & students can study any combination of units within OUA to meet their needs. You must do at least 4 Level 2 or 3 electives unless given permission to vary this requirement. You do not have to study all your electives in one stream.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you are ineligible for CSP or choose not to, you will need to register your intent to complete the degree after you have completed and passed 4 units of study. Please contact the Course Coordinator, internetstudies@curtin.edu.au, for more information. CSP students, either current or intending, do NOT need to register.

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Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

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    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

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The rapid growth and uptake in internet games and of 'play' amongst society, in workplaces, and within educational settings and practices,  requires students of internet communications to be cognisant of and accomplished with appropriate skill sets, literatures and contexts. Curtin University introduced a new unit, WEB310 Web Play, Online Games and Gamification. This unit in the Internet Communications major (additionally envisaged as available as an elective in the Humanities BA, part of Mass Communications web stream, and as elective to other areas of the university) will address this need in our current course by focusing on the role of 'play' on, in and via the internet. This will include examination of the role of large-scale gaming systems (such as massively multiplayer games and gameworlds), console games, social and casual gaming (such the mobile revolution led by offerings Angry Birds and Farmville), through to 'gamification' (the application of game mechanics to achieve other outcomes, such as playing for commerce, e-learning, etc), and broader spaces and types of play online.

The unit will replace an existing unit, WEB309 Web Presence that focuses on curation of online content. This is the only change being made to the course. As preceding units have evolved, they have increasingly incorporated the skill sets covered in WEB309. As there is no change to the overall structure of 10 major units in the course, it is not envisaged that this will disadvantage current students in any way as they will simply substitute the new unit for the old in their study plans. The replacement unit will not require any additional knowledge. There will be no requirement for students who have completed WEB309 to undertake WEB310.

Students who have completed WEB309 previously are still able to complete the new unit WEB310 but please note that this unit will count as an elective in their course.

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