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ACC100 - Communication in Everyday Life

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Tony Chalkley





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Contact hours:

Campus mode Trimester 1:

Week One to Eleven: 1 x 2 hour Seminar

(Note Week 11: is a 1 x 2 hour screening)

Campus mode Trimester 2:

Week One to Eleven: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

(Note Week 11: is a 1 x 2 hour screening)

Campus mode Trimester 3:

Week One to Eleven: 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week


Cloud (online) Trimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3: Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit explores communication theory through practice, using dynamic and creative participatory learning activities to discover how communication theory ‘plays’ out in everyday life.

Students examine the motivation for and consequences of communication in their daily life, exploring how we communicate changing social norms and use agency to reproduce and redefine things like ‘friends’, ‘work’ and what are ‘acceptable’ modern communication practices. The unit brings communication theory to life by drawing on a range of learning materials – reading text, newspapers, television, web-based resources and film in order to examine how individuals participate in social construction, the process of meaning making and the building of social capital. A key element of this unit is the use of the students’ own imagination to drive participatory learning; teaching materials are responsive and interactive, students will be encouraged to interact with the weekly topic and ‘learn by doing’. Topics covered in this unit include: the power of stories and narrative, names and naming, non-verbal communication in the digital age, professional and organisational communication, semiotics, the media and the construction of social class, the power of advertising, how imagination shapes communication, constructing and maintaining the digital self and the changing world of gendered communication.


Interpretation of online digital objects, 30%, equivalent 1200 words

Interactive presentation, 30% equivalent 1200 words

Digital workbook, 40%, equivalent 1600 words

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