Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length

1 year full time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$27,040 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code083986K
LevelUndergraduate
English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Deakin course code A451
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Undertake an advanced study in one of the media disciplines (Journalism, Public Relations, Media Studies, Entertainment Production) offered at Deakin University by applying for the Bachelor of Communication (Honours) course.

Undergraduate classes in Journalism, Public Relations, Media Studies and Entertainment Production have introduced you to a wide range of topics and issues. An Honours research project during Deakin’s Bachelor of Communication (Honours) study year will enable you to explore one of these topics in greater depth, providing an opportunity to broaden and deepen your professional knowledge and, analytical and communications skills. 

In your Honours study, you will engage with theories and concepts in your chosen discipline; get familiar with various research methods; design a research project; and carry through the research project to its fruition under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. This learning process will give you a competitive edge in the job market, showcasing your intellectual ability, maturity, resilience, drive, and work ethics to a potential employer. 

Honours will open doors to a career in one of the fastest growing group of industries such as content production companies, multimedia businesses, government agencies, marketing and entertainment industries, public relations, and social and market research entities. 

Upon completion of Bachelor of Communication (Honours), you will be eligible to apply for a PhD.

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Develop an advanced theoretical and applied understanding of the Australian media system, the role and development of communications policy, and its application in varied professional contexts.

Acquire advanced and coherent knowledge of Communication theories and concepts including research, strategy and tactics, contemporary communication methods and ethical communication, and apply this body of knowledge to topics spanning the associated industries including journalism, media and law and in planning and executing a research project

Communication

Acquire advanced communication skills to effectively communicate ideas, arguments and concepts and the outcomes of research and analysis in professional and scholarly contexts.

Demonstrate advanced, effective communication skills to communicate ideas, arguments and analyses in written, digital and oral formats that meet academic and practitioner standards to a diverse range of audiences. The importance of written, oral and interpersonal communication will be enhanced through the variety of assessment processes.

Digital literacy

Use advance skills in generic digital communication technologies and specific digital technologies employed in the communications area to investigate, analyse and respond to diverse communication needs and to deliver projects, media products and evaluative presentations to academic and professional audiences.

Capacity to employ appropriate digital technologies in utilising effectively sources and forms of information to support, develop and evaluate ideas, proposals, strategies and arguments.

Critical thinking

Critically evaluate and apply theory and knowledge of communications in professional and scholarly contexts. Review, analyse and synthesis literature in communications with intellectual independence. Bring this knowledge and skills to understanding of current issues and controversies in communications.

Apply judgment, skills and analytical thinking in developing new understandings in scholarly and professional communications contexts.

Problem solving

Apply advanced knowledge and understanding of communication theory, concepts, and methodologies in identifying and providing solutions to current issues and problems in communications through research and professional practice. 

Self-management

Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skills development in professional and scholarly contexts. 

Teamwork

Work and learn collaboratively with students from different disciplines and backgrounds and work effectively in different roles, including professional teams. 

Global citizenship

Operate ethically, responsibly and with awareness of diverse social, cultural economic, political contexts in research and as a professional in the communications industry. 

Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

 

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Communication (Honours) students must complete 8 credit points of core units. These may be completed in a single year of full-time study (4 credit points per Trimester over 2 Trimesters) or part-time equivalent.

Course structure

Units

ACO410Communication Research Methods (2 credit points)

ACO411Communication Concepts (2 credit points)

ACO412Advanced Communication Research A

ACO413Advanced Communication Research B

ACO414Advanced Communication Research C

ACO415Advanced Communication Research D

Course Map

Course Map

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.  In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

In order to be considered for admission to an honours degree, applicants must have completed the requirements for an undergraduate degree or equivalent, and have results that indicate they are capable of undertaking an honours program.

Applicants are also advised to complete requirements and read further information which is found at the School of Communication and Creative Arts web page.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au