Bachelor of Communication - 2016

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

The 2017 course information for this course is now available. View 2017 course details.

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Griffith University offers this degree to provide students with the opportunity to develop key skills and knowledge essential to the media and communication industries. Comprehensive coverage will be given, including media research and analysis skills, knowledge of film and media history including broadcasting policy, regulation, content critique, development techniques applicable in journalism, and new media settings.

Graduates will be ready for work in Journalism, Public Relations, Business Communications, New Media, Film and Television. They will be prepared to excel in administrative, marketing and creative roles in the cultural communications industries. This degree will be the backbone to a successful career in communication and related fields.

To be eligible for Commonwealth support, 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

You must also meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of the Humanities Pathway OR
  • At least 4 OUA Undergraduate units or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0 OR
  • An OP Rank of 16 or an ATAR Score of 65*

*These scores/rankings apply to this program for 2016. Until this information is updated in early 2017, applications will continue to be assessed using the requirements listed above as a guide.

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

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.

Upon being accepted into Griffith University, you may apply for credit for prior learning which may reduce the time it will take to complete your degree.

Students can follow the study pattern below:

  • Study four Level 1 core units
  • Choose your two Majors and start with the Level 1 major units
  • Complete six units from each of your two Majors
  • Complete Level 2 and Level 3 core units
  • Choose your electives

Students completing the combination of the Journalism and Public Relations major will need to complete two additional elective unit options due to the inclusion of CJR200 and CMM26 in each of these streams. Please contact Griffith directly for clarification.

The degree will normally be of three year duration for full-time students. Part time students enrolled prior to 2016 may take up to 10 years to accumulate units towards the degree. However part time students commencing from 2016 will have 8 years to accumulate units towards the degree.

To be eligible for the award of the Bachelor of Communication, a student must complete 24 units or equivalent as prescribed below:

  • A student must complete four core units at Level 1, one core unit at Level 2 and one core unit at Level 3
  • A student must complete the recommended units for their chosen majors at Level 1
  • A student must complete two major sequences of six units each from Business Communication, Creative Writing, Journalism, Public Relations or Screen Studies with at least six units at third year level
  • The remaining elective units for the degree can be made up from a combination of first, second and third year level with a maximum of 10 units in the degree at first year level
  • At least eight units (or one third of the degree) must be Griffith units studied via Open Universities Australia

Majors

Bachelor of Communication students select two from these five Majors:

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Business Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Screen Studies

Electives

All students are recommended to select their electives from the list below and should contact Griffith for approval of alternative elective units.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic Writing
COM10 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
New Communication Technologies
CMM16 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM19 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
New Media: Communications in the Electronic Age
COM22 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Independent Project
HUM331 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

1 This unit was previously known as COM33 - Communication project. Do not enrol in this unit if you have completed COM33.

You must complete at least one major sequence and be close to completing your degree before undertaking this unit.

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
News and Politics
CMM18 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Styles and Genres of Journalism
CMM1291 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 CMM129 is an equivalent unit to CMM29. B Comn students who have completed CMM29 must not enrol in CMM129 and should contact Griffith for enrolment advice.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
News Writing and Ethics
CJR200 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
News and Information Gathering
CJR220 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Media Law
CMM26 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Public Writing
CMM251 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Journalism Cultures
CJR300 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
International Journalism
CJR310 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Broadcast Journalism
CJR320 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Feature Writing
CJR350 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Online News Production
CJR330 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -

Students should complete their two Level 1 Major units before studying their six Level 2 & 3 Major units

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Public Relations
CMM1271 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
News and Politics
CMM18 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 CMM127 is an equivalent unit to CMM27. B Comn students who have completed CMM27 must not enrol in CMM127 and should contact Griffith for enrolment advice.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
News Writing and Ethics
CJR200 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Media Law
CMM26 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Media Relations
CMM220 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Public Writing
CMM251 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Risk and Crisis Communication
CMM317 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Media Audiences
CMM31 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Media Buying and Planning
CMM33 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

Students should complete their two Level 1 Major units before studying their six Level 2 & 3 Major units

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business Communication
COM12 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Public Writing
CMM251 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Comparative Management
IBA205 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Management Communication
COM21 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Organisational Communication
COM31 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Intercultural Management
IBA304 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
IBA306 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Management Strategy and Decision Making
IBA312 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Risk and Crisis Communication
CMM317 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -

Students should complete their two Level 1 Major units before studying their six Level 2 & 3 Major units

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Creative and Professional Writing
COM14 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
CWR110 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Complete 6 units from the following 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance
CWR2111 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Writing Poetry
CWR2101 Griffith - - SP3 SP4
Writing for Children and Young Adults
CWR2131 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Creative Writing: A Practical Introduction
ENGX2011 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Documentary Scriptwriting
CMM372 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Drama Screenwriting
CMM382 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction
CWR3122 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Publishing in the Marketplace
CWR3202 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

1 B Comn students must select three Level 2 units
2 B Comn students must select three Level 3 units

Students should complete their two Level 1 Major units before studying their six Level 2 & 3 Major units

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Screen History and Research
CMM10 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Screen Analysis
CMM17 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Complete 6 units from the following 7 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Television Studies
CMM221 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
The Auteur: Great Directors (Previously Screen Analysis 2)
CMM2411 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Hollywood Cinema (Classic Hollywood Cinema)
CMM28 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Media Audiences
CMM31 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Documentary Scriptwriting
CMM37 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Drama Screenwriting
CMM38 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Fame and Celebrity
SGY348 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

1 This unit was previously known as Screen Analysis 2.

Students should complete their two Level 1 Major units before studying their six Level 2 & 3 Major units

Complete 2 units from the following 9 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Business Communication
COM12 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Creative and Professional Writing
COM14 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Gender, History and Culture
GEN11 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
CWR110 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Writing the Short Story
CWR111 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Public Writing
CMM251 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Newspapers in History
CJR340 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Australian Literature and History 1890 to 1929
LCS31 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Australian Literature and History 1930 to 1990
LCS32 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

Students may be able to receive credit for previous studies conducted at other institutions. Please contact the Open Universities Australia Officer, Griffith (OUA) Services at Griffith University.

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Students are required to register with Griffith University for this award by completing a Registration form and paying the required fee. The non-refundable $150 registration fee is payable when the form is submitted. While there is no immediate requirement for potential students to register in the degree course, students are recommended to register as soon as possible, in order to receive advice on credit and unit selection.

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:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • 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.

Find out more about
HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • 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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FEE-HELP
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

Please note that the following units have been removed from the Electives list in 2016. If you have completed any of the below units they will still count towards the Bachelor of Communication.

Web Communications - WEB101

Web Publishing - WEB206

Web Media - WEB207

Internet Design - Introduction - DIG251

Making Your Mark in Drawing - VIS14

Australian Politics in a Global Context - POIX101

Introduction to Global Politics - POIX108

Contemporary Issues in Australian Politics: Race, Nation, Class and Gender - POIX201

Power and Legitimacy in Modern Political Thought - POIX206

Film and Philosophy - PHIX365

Australian Society and Cultures - ABT10

Contested Knowledges - ABR13
 

Griffith University changed the Bachelor of Communication degree to introduce new majors from 2012.

  • Existing students who registered to complete the pre-2012 degree structure should refer to the attached transition plan below or contact Griffith (OUA) Services at Griffith University for advice.

Griffith_Bachelor_of_Communication_Transition_2012 (PDF, 151 KB)

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