Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education via OUA

  • Successful study through OUA – either:
    • Successful completion of four OUA degree level units at pass level (this satisfies the English language proficiency requirement) OR
    • Successful completion of two OUA degree level units with separate evidence of English proficiency is required.

Higher Education

  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required).

Secondary Education

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc

VET Studies

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency.

Work and Life

  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)
  • Finished secondary education more than two years ago
  • Bridging and enabling course entry
  • 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.

Additional information

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent).
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

This degree offers a choice of studying two single majors together and introduces students to the complementary fields of internet communications and professional writing & publishing. Internet Communications major 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 Professional Writing and Publishing major prepares students for writing careers in the private, public and creative sectors through the study and practice of a range of different writing forms, including feature articles, speeches, reports, discussion papers, travel writing, history, humour, writing for the internet, promotional writing, creative non-fiction and media releases.

Internet Communications

At the completion of this degree students will be able to:

  1. understand and apply key concepts of Internet Studies and apply trans-disciplinary thinking to the application and creation of ideas concerning networked technologies of information and communication
  2. think critically, creatively and reflectively so as to imagine, design, use and critique networked technologies of information and communication
  3. conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research to find, access, organise, evaluate and synthesise information through a variety of media and apply that information to the construction of knowledge
  4. communicate and facilitate communication through a variety of media, for different purposes, and for different audiences
  5. use the Internet and related networked technologies of information and communication with an understanding of the complex interaction of political, cultural, and economic forces that constitutes technology as social
  6. further develop skills and knowledge through self-directed learning
  7. understand the complex interplay of local, national and global factors that influence and are expressed through the Internet and networked technologies of information and communication
  8. recognise and value cultural difference and understand its significance in relation to network technologies and their use in society for communication and information
  9. act ethically and responsibly to use, sustain and expand the social, business and cultural networks that exist via the Internet, when working independently and in teams.

Professional Writing and Publishing

At the completion of this degree students will be able to:

  1. identify, explain and apply the key disciplinary concepts and principles in professional writing and publishing
  2. integrate theory and creative practice in the production and analysis of professional writing texts; conceive, develop and evaluate innovative modes of professional communication
  3. access and evaluate the sources, authority and relevance of information, and synthesise key facts, themes and ideas in professional writing and publishing
  4. effectively communicate ideas to a range of audiences, across a variety of media, genres, and purposes
  5. use and evaluate a range of appropriate technologies to access resources, communicate effectively, and develop writing and research skills
  6. use and reflect on disciplinary skills and knowledge to develop autonomous learning, and apply these insights to writing in a range of different professional contexts
  7. acknowledge the interrelationship between local, national and global perspectives and the impact of this on professional writing and publishing
  8. recognise and value the diversity of cultural knowledge and practices, taking care to represent these, where appropriate, in an ethical and professional manner
  9. work independently and/or collaboratively to produce innovative, creative and ethical professional writing that is appropriate to a variety of professional and cultural contexts.

Your studies will enable you to work in a number of fields of employment: internet communications, social media, marketing and public relations; internet content management; internet policy and regulation; online research and analysis; virtual communities; website design and development; online media production; web publishing and more. 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. Graduates will also have opportunities in research, writing, editing and publishing in government and industry as well as the not-for-profit sector, arts organisations and the magazine and book industries.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award degree of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

Recommended Study Pattern

To complete the degree as a full time student, a maximum of two subjects per Study Period is recommended.

Level 1 BA (Internet Communications and Professional Writing and Publishing) - complete the following:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (core subject)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core subject)
  • MCA110 Narrating Selves OR MED104 Engaging Media (core subject)
  • MCA120 Sense of Place OR MCA100 Making Meanings (core subject)
  • WEB101 Web Communications (Internet Communications major subject)
  • NET102 Internet and Everyday Life (Internet Communications major subject)
  • PWP110 Introduction to Writing (Professional Writing and Publishing major subject)
  • PWP121 Writing, Rhetoric and Persuasion (Professional Writing and Publishing major subject)

Level 2 and level 3
Single Major BA (Internet Communications)
Complete four level two and four level three Internet Communications major subjects

AND

Single Major BA (Professional Writing and Publishing)
Complete four level two and four level three Professional Writing and Publishing major subjects

The Bachelor of Arts degree incorporates a progressive structure of subjects designed to build knowledge and enable you to successfully progress through the degree.

Award Requirements

To obtain the award for the BA (Internet Communications and Professional Writing and Publishing) students must complete a total of 24 subjects as follows:

  • APC100 Academic and Professional Communication (core subject)
  • COM155 Culture to Cultures (core subject)
  • MCA110 Narrating Selves OR MED104 Engaging Media (core subject)
  • MCA120 Sense of Place OR MCA100 Making Meanings (core subject)
  • Ten Internet Communications Major subjects selected from Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Ten Professional Writing and Publishing Major subjects selected from Levels 1, 2 and 3

The following criteria also apply:

  • The combined Internet Communications and Professional Writing and Publishing structure does not allow for electives.
  • You must complete the degree within 10 years.
  • You must complete at least eight Curtin University subjects where Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) is applicable.

We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you choose not to be a CSP student, please contact OpenCurtin via email to OpenCurtin@curtin.edu.au.