Bachelor of Arts (Internet Communications) - 2012

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Course summary - 2012

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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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

Tertiary Study:

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:

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

TAFE:

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 internetstudies@curtin.edu.au.

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.

Majors

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.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to University Learning
SSK121 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Web Communications
WEB101 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Engaging Media
MED104 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Internet and Everyday Life
NET102 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Internet Design - Introduction
NED112 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Writing, Rhetoric and Persuasion
PWP1212 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

1 Please note that HUM100, SSK10 and SSK13 are approved alternatives to SSK12. Further, if you do not want to do an introductory unit you, you can complete a third optional unit in the list below (Your next two units).
2 Recommended elective

Your first six units are all first-level units: two major units, two general humanities units and two elective units. They provide the best start to your studies: note that your course coordinator can provide information about alternative choices to the recommended units.

Complete 2 units from the following 10 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Text, Image, Culture
CLT110 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Vision, Visuality and Everyday Life
CLT120 Macquarie - SP2 - SP4
News and Politics
CMM18 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHI120 Macquarie SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Australian Politics in a Global Context
PLT110 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - -
Australian and Global Society
SGY110 Macquarie SP1 SP2 - SP4
Sociology of Everyday Life
SGY120 Macquarie - SP2 SP3 SP4
Historical Issues in Art and Design
VIS18 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Art and Creativity
VSW1001 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 If you wish to complete or have already done other units which are similar to these, please contact the Unit Controller to discuss whether they can be counted here. Note that if you do not complete SSK12 (see above), you need to do three of these units.

Your next two units are the remaining first-level units which complete your general humanities requirement. Your course coordinator can provide advice as to whether other units you may have already done can be substituted for these units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Web Publishing
WEB206 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Web Media
WEB207 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Internet Communities and Social Networks
NET204 Curtin SP1 - - -
Internet Commerce and Consumers
NET205 Curtin - SP2 - -
Web Presence
WEB309 Curtin - - SP3 -
Web Production
WEB300 Curtin SP1 - - -
Internet Politics and Power
NET303 Curtin - - SP3 -
Internet Collaboration and Organisation
NET308 Curtin - - - SP4

You need to complete the remaining 8 major units. You should not start these units until you have completed at least 6 of the units listed above. You also need to complete the remaining 8 elective units. It is recommended to do a mix of major & elective units each year. You must take at least 6 Level 2 or 3 electives. Students may complete NET390 Internet Studies Project (double unit) for 2 of their electives. All students are strongly advised to contact the Course Coordinator directly for advice.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internet Design - Advanced
NED12 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Internet Design - Usability
NED23 Curtin SP1 SP2 - -
Internet Design - Dynamic Environments
NED24 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Internet Design - Interactivity
NED35 Curtin - SP2 SP3 -
Internet Design: Project
NED36 Curtin - SP2 - -
Web Animation with Flash
MMC120 RMIT SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Digital Imaging with Photoshop
MMC140 RMIT SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Information Design
LIM225 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

Students must complete 8 electives from one or more of these streams. Note that these units are recommended, not required, & students can study any combination of units within OUA to meet their needs. You must do at least 6 Level 2 or 3 electives unless given permission to vary this requirement.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Writing the Zeitgeist
PWP210 Curtin - - SP3 -
Writing, Editing and Publishing
PWP211 Curtin - - SP3 -
Writing, Deception and Authenticity
PWP220 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Creative Writing: A Practical Introduction
ENG210 Macquarie SP1 - SP3 -
Writing & Research for Professional Contexts
PWP311 Curtin Coming in 2013
Styles and Genres of Journalism
CMM129 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
News Writing and Ethics
CJR200 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Online News Production
CJR330 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

Students must complete 8 electives from one or more of these streams. Note that these units are recommended, not required, & students can study any combination of units within OUA to meet their needs. You must do at least 6 Level 2 or 3 electives unless given permission to vary this requirement.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Marketing Concepts
MAR110 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Marketing Behaviour
MAR210 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Integrated Marketing Communications
MAR230 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Principles of Advertising
ADV100 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Concept Development and Copywriting
ADV201 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Advertising Issues: Regulation, Ethics and Cultural Considerations
ADV206 Swinburne - - - SP4
Introduction to Public Relations
CMM127 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Media Relations
CMM220 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

Students must complete 8 electives from one or more of these streams. Note that these units are recommended, not required, & students can study any combination of units within OUA to meet their needs. You must do at least 6 Level 2 or 3 electives unless given permission to vary this requirement.

  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Programming
CPT120 RMIT SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Programming 1
CPT121 RMIT SP1 SP2 SP3 -
Web Programming
CPT270 RMIT - SP2 - SP4
Programming 2 (Java)
CPT221 RMIT - SP2 - SP4
Information Systems Fundamentals
CIS13 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Database Concepts and Modelling
CIS211 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4
Human-Computer Interaction
CIS24 Swinburne SP1 - SP3 -
Management Support Systems
CIS23 Swinburne - SP2 - SP4

Students must complete 8 electives from one or more of these streams. Note that these units are recommended, not required, & students can study any combination of units within OUA to meet their needs. You must do at least 6 Level 2 or 3 electives unless given permission to vary this requirement.

  Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
Need help enrolling? Read our enrolment guide
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Internet Studies Project
NET390 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

Students must complete 8 electives from one or more of these streams. Note that these units are recommended, not required, & students can study any combination of units within OUA to meet their needs. You must do at least 6 Level 2 or 3 electives unless given permission to vary this requirement.

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 internetstudies@curtin.edu.au early in their studies.

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).

Find out more about
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