Internet Communications Project - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.25 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Project proposal (10%) , Assignment 2 - Literature review (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,587.00
HECS 1,587.00
International 1,837.00

This unit was previously known as Internet Studies Project.

In this unit, you will plan for and undertake an individual research project. Under supervision, you will prepare a research proposal, complete a literature review and research and write a paper suitable for presentation at a conference or publication in a scholarly journal. You will not be required to originate primary data, but will be expected to conduct advanced research using existing primary research data available from other sources and also utilise and explore the analysis already published by other scholars. Students may be permitted to present the final outcome of projects using elements of online design or production; students may be permitted to link their project to tasks or duties within their employment or community.

Further Information: Entry to this unit is at the discretion of the course coordinator depending on results achieved in other units of study. You must contact before registering.

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

  1. prepare and present scholarly research proposals
  2. conduct advanced scholarly bibliographic research
  3. prepare and present a scholarly research paper or equivalent
  4. demonstrate understanding of the internet as a social technology of communication and information at an advanced level.
  • Assignment 1 — Project proposal (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Literature review (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Author Response (10%)
  • Assignment 4 — Project outcome (60%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • NET38 — The Internet - Individual Project I
  • NET39 — The Internet - Individual Project II

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

You may not enrol in this unit without permission of course coordinator (

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Planning and managing a scholarly project
2Research, analysis and synthesis of published material, both primary and secondary
3Formulating and reviewing arguments and explanations
4Reflection on scholarly work for improved future performance

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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