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COM3060 - The Practising Consultant

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: TBA


South Africa Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit explores the nature of work in the communications and cultural industries (publishing and new media, newspapers, public relations, tourism, community arts, etc.). It will include fieldwork excursions, guest lectures, case study approaches drawing on the experience of selected individual professionals. Reading will accompany lectures and practical fieldwork tasks. Students will be expected to formulate and (with assistance) work on their own consultancy/intern project. Related topics include the creation and supervision of teams; use of specialists, information technology, media skills, publishing and other topics.


At the completion of the unit candidates should have an understanding of:

  1. The role of the consultant or contract worker in the communications industries.
  2. The nature and organisation of work in the communications industries.
  3. Problem-solving skills pertinent to work in the communications industries.
  4. Reporting, presentation and media skills appropriate to the communications industries.


Minor Project (1000 words): 20%
Major Project (2500 words): 40%
Examination (1000 words): 20%
Tutorial Presentation: 10%
Attendance and Participation: 10%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week


First year sequence in Communication