Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications) - 2011

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Course summary - 2011

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 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

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, media and marketing; Internet content management; Internet policy and regulation; online research and analysis; virtual communities; website design and development; online media production; web publishing. 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.

In 2010, Curtin University of Technology introduced the BA (Internet Communications) in place of the BA (Internet Studies). All new students will be working towards completion of the new degree.

All pre2010 students are strongly encouraged to email the course coordinator (internetstudies@curtin.edu.au) for advice and study planning.

This table of equivalent units shows you how your current units translate into credit in the new degree structure:

Pre 2010 BA Internet Studies

BA Internet Communications

NET11 – Internet Communications

WEB101 – Web Communications

NET12 –Socio-tech intro to the Internet

NET102 – Internet and Everyday Life

NET23 –Policy Regulation & Governance

NET303 – Internet Power and Politics

NET24 –Virtual Communities

NET204 – Internet Communities

NET25 – Internet Media Business

NET205 – Internet Commerce and Consumers

NET26 - Cyberanalytics

WEB309 – Web Presence

NET34 – Current Issues & Developments

WEB206 – Web Publishing

NET35 – Network Culture & Virtual Society

NET308 – Internet Organisation

NET38 and NET39 (must have done both)

NET390 – Internet Studies Project (double unit)

For students doing one unit per study period, the recommended study pattern of the first four units of the degree, is:

  • WEB101 – Web Communications (major unit)
  • NET102 – Internet and Everyday Life (major unit)
  • MED104 – Engaging Media (general humanities unit)
  • NED11 - Internet Design Introduction (elective unit)

Students who are unsure of their skills in university learning can take SSK12 – Introduction to University Learning, which counts as a humanities unit. This unit should be taken before commencing WEB101 or, if you do that unit and discover you need more development of your skills, after WEB101 and before NET102.

Since MED104 is only taught in SP1 and SP3, students may take another general humanities unit first, and complete MED104 in the next study period.

For students doing two units per study period, the recommended study pattern of the first six units of the degree is:

  • SSK12 – Introduction to University Learning  AND WEB101 – Web Communications
  • NET102 – Internet and Everyday Life AND 1 general humanities unit
  • MED104 – Engaging Media AND NED11 – Internet Design Introduction

Once students have completed these units, they should mix together study of second-level NET or WEB units, and electives, as well as any remaining Humanities units. Students need to complete second-level units in NET or WEB before studying the third-level units.

Sometimes, units are not available in the study period you are doing.

Note that the recommended study pattern for the BA (Internet Communications) depends significantly on whether or not students have any recognition of prior learning, and the choices they will make for electives and the selection of broad humanities units.

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 ten-unit major in Internet Communications;
* ten electives drawn from any other areas of study, and
* four general humanities units for breadth of education.

Note that only 4 of the 10 electives can be Level 1 units, unless special permission is given by the course coordinator.

Majors

Students must complete a 10-unit major in Internet Communications as part of this degree. The 10 units are listed below.
You must complete 2 general humanities units and are recommended to complete 2 elective units prior to commencing the 2nd level units in the major. We strongly recommend that you complete NED11 as one of these electives.

Electives

Students must also complete 10 elective units, which can be from any OUA provider. Students must complete at least 6 units at level 2 or above, unless special permission is gained to vary this requirement. These electives can be drawn from any discipline, professional area or study stream that will benefit the individual student.

More advice on electives is available at http://netstudies.curtin.edu.au including specific advice about web design, marketing, communications, information systems, computing and other elective choices. Note that students are strongly encouraged to take NED11 as one elective unit and can continue to study web design units from Curtin and other providers to complete a full 10-unit sequence in this field to complement their major.

Students who achieve very good results in their major units of study may, in their final year of study, take the special project unit NET390 Internet Studies Project in place of 2 electives. This unit is a double-value unit (counts as two units) and may only be taken with the permission of the course coordinator.

Total number of units to complete: 10 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internet and Everyday Life
NET102 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Web Communications
WEB101 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Internet Communities and Social Networks
NET204 Curtin SP1 - - -
Internet Commerce and Consumers
NET205 Curtin - SP2 - -
Web Publishing
WEB206 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Web Media
WEB207 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Internet Politics and Power
NET303 Curtin - - SP3 -
Internet Collaboration and Organisation
NET308 Curtin SP1 - - SP4
Web Production
WEB300 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Web Presence
WEB309 Curtin - - - SP4
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Engaging Media
MED104 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Text, Image, Culture
CLT110 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Vision, Visuality and Everyday Life
CLT120 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
PHI120 Macquarie SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Politics in a Global Context
PLT110 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - -
Australian and Global Society
SGY110 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Popular Culture and Society
SGY120 Macquarie - SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to University Learning
SSK12 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Introduction to Visual Culture
VIS18 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 10 units Required Elective Optional
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Students must also complete 10 elective units, which can be from any OUA provider. Students must complete at least 6 units at level 2 or above, unless special permission is gained to vary this requirement. These electives can be drawn from any discipline, professional area or study stream that will benefit the individual student.

You may be eligible for credit for prior learning, either because of formal qualifications or from experience. You need to apply for credit when you register for the degree (see below). You may also be granted limited credit for appropriate training and technical studies undertaken during your enrolment in the degree where those studies directly relate to Internet Communications. Normally students with an advanced diploma will receive between 8 and 12 units’ credit; a diploma provides between 4 and 8 units credit. Units already studied within Open Universities Australia or at university level can be used to satisfy the requirement for some of the elective or broad humanities units, depending on the units and their level and when those studies were undertaken. All decisions about recognition of prior learning are made on an individual basis according to Curtin University policies on recognition of prior learning. Since RPL claims can affect the choice of units to study, students are advised to contact the Course Coordinator directly for advice internetstudies@curtin.edu.au early in their studies.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • 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

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia