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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.
(Commonwealth supported places)
In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, students must meet the following requirements:
- 4 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level OR equivalent OR 2 units plus English
OR one of the following:
Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER) entrance:
Tertiary Entrance Ranking 70 (TER, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent). Students must have a 50% minimum in TER English (or equivalent)
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT):
You must achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English) to gain entry to the course
Successful completion of a full semester (four standard units) towards an undergraduate degree at an Australian university and English language competency is needed (also refer to Section 3a)
Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course
On completion of certain TAFE studies (or equivalent study recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework – AQF), matriculation status may be granted and a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) may be assigned. The minimum entry requirements for TAFE students are:
- Diploma, Associate Diploma, or Advanced Diploma (no additional English competency needed)
- Certificate IV + English competency (also refer to Section 3a)
(Note – Certificate II or III are not acceptable)
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places.
Students begin by completing the 8 first level units listed at the beginning of the Course Structure (below). They should be done in order shown but students may vary this requirement if necessary. Students then complete the remaining 16 units, mixing electives and major units in each Study Period.
All students are strongly advised to contact the Course Coordinator directly for advice firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Students must complete 24 units in total: a 10-unit major in Internet Communications, 4 general humanities units and 10 elective units. Students who have successfully gained recognition of prior learning will not be required to complete as many electives and/or humanities units. You must contact the Course Coordinator to discuss recognition of prior learning before you select your units.
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 email@example.com early in their studies.
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:
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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.
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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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You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
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