Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications) - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

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 program 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:

  • 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.

  • 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 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 - Pathways

  • Step 1 - Complete 4 units from the Humanities Pathway table below, and you can also enrol in the optional preparatory units for free.
  • Step 2 - If you did not complete COM155 Culture to Cultures as part of the Humanities Pathways unit, you will need to complete this unit now. If you have completed COM155 Culture to Cultures as part of the Humanities Pathways units, please proceed to Step 3.
  • Step 3 -  Complete 2 more core Humanities units (1 unit of MED104 OR MCA110; 1 unit of MCA120 OR MCA100) in the 'Media Culture & Creative Arts First Year Stream' table
  • Step 4 - Complete NET102 and WEB101 in Level 1 Core Units
  • Step 5 - Complete all Level 2 and 3 Major units
  • Step 6 - Complete the remaining electives

Option 2

  • Step 1 - Complete APC100 and COM155 in the 'Media Culture & Creative Arts First Year Stream' table
  • Step 2 - Complete 2 more core Humanities units (1 unit of MED104 OR MCA110; 1 unit of MCA120 OR MCA100) in the 'Media Culture & Creative Arts First Year Stream' table
  • Step 3- Complete two units from the Level 1 Core Units
  • Step 4 - Complete all Level 2 and 3 Major units
  • Step 5 - 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.

Please Note: For whichever category of Electives units, only a maximum of 2 Level 1 units are allowed for enrolment.

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: digital design, fine arts/visual culture, information studies, writing, social sciences. 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.

For whichever category of Electives units, only a maximum of 2 Level 1 units are allowed for enrolment. 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 the electives in one stream.

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
Culture to Cultures
COM1551 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHIX1371 Macquarie Sem1 Sem2 Sem3
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

1 Students should only complete ONE of these 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
APC1001 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM155 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Engaging Media
MED1042 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Narrating Selves
MCA1102 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Senses of Place
MCA1203 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Making Meanings
MCA1003 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 If you had completed SSK12, SSK10 and SSK130, you do not need to complete APC100. Otherwise, APC100 is compulsory.
2 Student has to choose 1 unit from the choices of MED104 OR MCA110.
3 Student has to choose 1 unit from the choices of MCA120 OR MCA100.

There are two common core humanities units i.e. APC100 and COM155.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Web Communications
WEB101 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Digital Culture and Everyday Life
NET102 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Writing on the Web
WEB206 Curtin - - SP3 -
Web Media
WEB207 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Social Media, Communities and Networks
NET204 Curtin SP1 - - -
The Digital Economy
NET205 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Online Games, Play and Gamification
WEB310 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Web Development Project
WEB300 Curtin SP1 - - -
Power, Politics and the Internet
NET303 Curtin - - SP3 -
Internet Collaboration and Innovation
NET308 Curtin - SP2 - -

You should not start these units until you have completed 6 units in the MCCA First Year Stream & Level 1 Core Units. It is recommended to do a mix of major & elective units each year. You must take at least 4 units of Level 2/Level 3 electives, if possible 6 units. Students may complete NET390 Internet Studies Project (double unit) as 2 elective units.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internet Communications 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 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
Animation Design Introduction
DIG100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Animation and Special Effects Compositing
DIG120 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to 3D Modelling and Rendering
DIG130 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Internet Design Introduction
DIG251 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Motion Graphics Design Introduction
DIG271 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Universal Design Principles
DIG272 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Internet Dynamic Environment Design
DIG351 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Visual Arts Research: Introduction to Drawing
VAR11 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art Visual Research 1
VAR25 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Art Visual Research 2
VAR26 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Art Visual Research 3
VAR31 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art Visual Research 4
VAR32 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art and Design Fundamentals
VAR100 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to History of Art and Design
VIS18 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Issues in Contemporary Art
VIS19 Curtin - SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Art
VIS24 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Australian Aboriginal Art
VIS25 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Art in the Age of Revolution
VIS26 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Modernism in Art and Design
VIS27 Curtin SP1 SP2 - SP4
Art and Fashion
VIS29 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Art and the Environment
VIS320 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Perspectives on Beauty in Art
VIS330 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Fine Art Studio Materials
VSW13 Curtin SP1 - SP3 SP4
Fine Art Studio Methods
VSW14 Curtin SP1 SP2 - SP4
Sculpture Fine Art Studio Strategies
VSW25 Curtin SP1 - SP3 SP4
  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Recordkeeping Concepts and Practice
LIM115 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Archives Concepts and Practice
LIM215 Curtin SP1 - - -
Information Design
LIM225 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Convergence and Cultural Institutions
LIM345 Curtin SP1 SP2 - -
Librarianship Concepts and Practice
LIS100 Curtin SP1 - - -
Technologies for Information Services
LIS125 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Reference Services
LIS210 Curtin SP1 - - -
Resource Description & Access
LIS220 Curtin - - SP3 -
Collection Management
LIS230 Curtin - - SP3 -
Information Literacy
LIS320 Curtin SP1 SP2 - -
Information Theory & Research
LIS330 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Writing
PWP110 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
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 - -
Writing Magazine Features
PWP221 Curtin - SP2 SP3 -
Writing Creative Non-Fiction
PWP310 Curtin SP1 - - -
Writing and Research for Professional Contexts
PWP311 Curtin SP1 - - -
Advanced Editing and Publishing
PWP322 Curtin - - SP3 -
Portfolio Development for Writers
PWP324 Curtin - - SP3 -
  Required Elective Optional
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Introduction to Human Geography
GPH11 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Sexology in a Contemporary Context
SEX380 Curtin - - SP3 -

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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.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

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.

There are currently two types of loan:

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  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
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Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications) has undergone a major change in 2017.

The revised structure is designed to provide students with a breadth of knowledge and experience at the first year level, which will complement and enhance the disciplinary majors which will be taken in the remainder of the BA program.

The new course structure is for new students commencing in 2017 and current students may follow the old structure.

For further information regarding this change, you may contact Curtin University at HUM-MCCAOUAEnquiries@curtin.edu.au.

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