New Communication Technologies - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay 1 (30%) , Essay 2 (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Explore the inception, application and impact of new communication technologies and develop a critical awareness of the theoretical debates around new technologies for communication. You study computer and internet history, the Screen Age, multimedia, emerging technologies, the Second Media Age, the recreation of democracy, nomads and stories and technological futures.

By the end of the unit, you will have a critical understanding of the organisation, function and implications of new communication technologies, be able to assess current issues and controversies surrounding new communication technologies and identify and analyse trends in new communication technologies research.

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

  1. perform detailed internet research and interact in virtual spaces
  2. appreciate the social, cultural and institutional constructions of new communication technologies and locate the conflicting forces driving and shaping the development of these technologies
  3. appreciate ethical, social and cultural issues relating to the growth of new communication technologies in public and private domains
  4. analyse and evaluate technological advancements
  5. analyse and evaluate the positive and negative outcomes of technology on society and democracy.
  • Essay 1 (30%)
  • Essay 2 (40%)
  • Online Discussion (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Communication and technology
3Computer history
4Converging technologies
5Academic writing skills
6Evolving communication
7Cyberspace, Science Fiction and Cyberpunk
8Social media
9Production and consumption
11Life in the Techno-Sphere
12Free culture
13Dialectics and divides
14CyberPolitics and e-democracy
15Digital literacies
16Ethics and responsibility

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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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