Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction: what's in a name?
    • What is the internet?
    • What is the world wide web?
    • What is Web 2.0?
    • Blogging
    • Wikis
    • Social networks
    • Content sharing
    • Internet footprints
    • Digital shadows
    • Social me(dia) rivers
    • The future(s) of internet communication
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Chat Rooms
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Print Materials
      • Welcome letter
    • Online Materials
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

  1. explain the basic technical foundations of the Internet and related technologies as they apply to communications, collaboration and media
  2. demonstrate understanding of key concepts in Internet communication, especially relating to identity and media
  3. relate conceptual understandings to practical implementation of communication online
  4. use various Internet applications for communication, collaboration and media.
  • Assignment 1 - Exercise (15%)
  • Assignment 2 - Case Study (50%)
  • Assignment 3 - Essay (35%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-NET11

Special requirements

No special requirements

The Internet has dramatically changed the way people and organisations communicate, whether for better or worse. For many, online communication is now one of their most significant forms of interaction with others. Online communication also underpins collaboration between people, either in formal groups or loose networks. Online communication is now a key part of the media. Understanding how the Internet affords us new and different ways of communicating is, therefore, essential. This subject will enable you to become an effective and sophisticated user of the Internet, able to deploy its techniques, technologies and underlying concepts for online communication, collaboration and media.

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