Bachelor of Communication (Honours)

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Communication (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Cloud CampusYes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$6,349 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries
Tel 03 9246 8100
artsed@deakin.edu.au 

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code083986K
Deakin course code A451

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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete 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.

Career opportunities

As a Bachelor of Communication (Honours) graduate you will be able to apply knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement in professional practice and scholarship; in diverse social, cultural and/or professional contexts; with responsibility and accountability in research and professional practice.

For more information go to My Course My Career

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 see - Information and Application form

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

Check our Trimester 3 webpage to see if this course is accepting applications for this study period and to Apply.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.