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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA(Comn)
CRICOS code023737B
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Contact details


  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.
  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


This course provides interdisciplinary core studies to produce graduates who will be knowledgeable about communications and who can apply that knowledge in a range of vocational and academic areas. This degree combines a major in communication theory with studies in humanities and an additional specialisation (some offered by faculties other than Arts).


The degree aims to provide students with conceptual tools for describing and analysing communications media in a number of different ways.


This course consists of a compulsory major in communications, with additional studies chosen from a variety of arts disciplines.

Areas of study

In addition to the communications major, minors can be taken in:

  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Australian studies
  • community studies
  • English
  • history-politics
  • philosophy
  • psychological studies
  • psychology
  • public relations
  • social and community welfare
  • sociology
  • writing.

For information on the communications major and minors in the available areas of study, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Students the complete the following:

(a.) a communications major (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor (24 points)

(c.) another 12 points in arts at first-year level

(d.) a further 12 points in arts at first, second or third-year level

(e.) a specialisation sequence (36 points) in one of business computing, journalism, multimedia, marketing, management, photomedia or writing

(f.) a minimum of 36 points at third-year level (includes those completed in the communications major and specialisation sequence).

Of the 144 points, 96 points must be completed within the Faculty of Arts. The remaining 48 points may be taken from disciplines in the Faculty of Arts or disciplines outside the faculty. Students undertaking a specialisation sequence in business computing, management, marketing or photomedia will only be able to complete a further 12 points outside of the faculty.

Note that no more than 10 units (60 points) are to be completed at a first-year level.

Specialisation sequences

Note that the specialisation sequence is not equivalent to a major.

Business computing (Faculty of Information Technology)

Students complete:


Students complete:

plus four of the following (including at least two units at third-year level):

The journalism sequence will require the use of an adequate computer, high-speed internet access and audio-visual software and hardware such as still and video cameras, audio recorders, microphones and cables. For off-campus students, Monash University makes no provision for the supply of access to this hardware and software, and it is the responsibility of students to organise it for themselves. In all cases, off-campus students with queries or doubts about their access to the required hardware and software should seek confirmation from the nominated unit coordinator before enrolling.

Management (Faculty of Business and Economics)

Students choose six of the following units:

Recommended units
  • MGW1010 Managing people and organisations
  • MGW1100 Managerial communication
  • MGW2430 Human resource management
  • MGW3130 Organisational change and development
  • MGW3401 Strategic management

Marketing (Faculty of Business and Economics)

Students complete:

Multimedia (Faculty of Art and Design)

Students complete:

Photomedia (Faculty of Art and Design)

Students complete:


Students complete:

plus any four of the following:

At least two units must be completed at second-year level.


Bachelor of Arts (Communication)