Bachelor of Communication - 2017

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

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Course summary - 2017

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

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

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.

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

You may select your electives from the list below, or any other Humanities unit in the program not already selected, providing that any required prerequisites have been met.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic Writing
COM101 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
New Communication Technologies
CMM161 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Text and Culture
CMM191 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM151 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
New Media: Communications in the Electronic Age
COM222 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Independent Project
HUM333 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

1 Complete these core level 1 units.
2 Complete this core level 2 unit.
3 Complete this level 3 core unit.

HUM33 was previously known as COM33 - Communication Project. Do not enrol in this unit if you have completed COM33.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Styles and Genres of Journalism
CMM1291 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
News and Politics
CMM181 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
News Writing and Ethics
CJR2002 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
News and Information Gathering
CJR2202 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Public Writing
CMM2512 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Media Law
CMM262 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
International Journalism
CJR3103 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Broadcast Journalism
CJR3203 Griffith - SP2 - SP4

1 Complete these level 1 units.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete these level 3 units.

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: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Public Relations
CMM1271 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
News and Politics
CMM181 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
News Writing and Ethics
CJR2002 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Media Law
CMM262 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Media Relations
CMM2202 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Public Writing
CMM2512 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Media Audiences
CMM313 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Risk and Crisis Communication
CMM3173 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -

1 Complete these level 1 units.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete these level 3 units.

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: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA1111 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Business Communication
COM121 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Public Writing
CMM2512 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Management Communication
COM212 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Risk and Crisis Communication
CMM3173 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Organisational Communication
COM313 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Comparative Management
IBA205 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Intercultural Management
IBA304 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Quality Management
IBA305 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Management Strategy and Decision Making
IBA312 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
IBA306 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -

1 Complete these level 1 units.
2 Complete these level 2 units.
3 Complete these level 3 units.

Complete 2 of the 5 electives.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Creative and Professional Writing
COM141 Griffith SP1 SP2 - SP4
Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
CWR1101 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Writing Poetry
CWR210 Griffith - - SP3 SP4
Writing Crime and Contemporary Romance
CWR211 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Writing for Children and Young Adults
CWR213 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Writing Gothic and Speculative Fiction
CWR312 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Publishing in the Marketplace
CWR320 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Documentary Scriptwriting
CMM37 Griffith SP1 - - SP4
Drama Screenwriting
CMM38 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -

1 Complete these level 1 units.

Complete 6 out of the 7 electives.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Screen History and Research
CMM101 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Screen Analysis
CMM171 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Television Studies
CMM221 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
The Auteur: Great Directors (Previously Screen Analysis 2)
CMM241 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Hollywood Cinema (Classic Hollywood Cinema)
CMM28 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Media Audiences
CMM31 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Documentary Scriptwriting
CMM37 Griffith SP1 - - SP4
Drama Screenwriting
CMM38 Griffith - SP2 SP3 -
Screen Celebrity and Stardom (Previously SGY348 Fame and Celebrity)
CMM3482 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -

1 Complete these level 1 units.
2 Previously SGY348 - Fame and Celebrity

Complete 6 out of the 7 electives.

Complete 2 units from the following 8 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 - SP4
Creative Writing, Forms and Structures
CWR110 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Writing the Short Story
CWR111 Griffith - SP2 - 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

Complete electives from this list, or any others in the program not already selected, providing that any prerequisites have been met.

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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