New Media: Communications in the Electronic Age - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Online Discussion (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

Understand the changing relationships between media, telecommunications and computing industries, while investigating the practices of electronic publishing. This unit provides you with an understanding of key developments in traditional media such as book, print and broadcasting, while building your awareness of the social and political implications of communications in the electronic age.

At the completion of this unit you will have an:

  1. understanding of key developments in traditional media such as the book, print and broadcasting
  2. awareness of the social and political implications of communications in the electronic age.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Project (40%)

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:

  • COM32 — New Media: Communications in the Electronic Age

Mandatory conditional prerequisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following unit(s) to study prior to this unit:

Please note that your enrolment in this unit is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite unit(s). If you study the prerequisite unit(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this unit, your result for the prerequisite unit(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite unit(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this unit. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite unit(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this unit to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite unit(s).

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

Prior completion of 1st year core units in your degree.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to new media (Defining new media; communication discipline; digital divide; convergence)
2Cyberculture and online communities (Online community development; Ethical issues; Online cultural exchange)
3Privacy, surveillance and governance (Digital surveillance; Governance on the internet; Surveillance)
4Perceptions about futures for new media critique (Technological auras; Individualism, cultural status; digital publishing; social movements, new media

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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