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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 titleBComn(ProfWrit&Ed)
CRICOS code042678F
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick)
Contact details


  • Students study a total of four years full-time, combining the Monash University and TAFE components. Students have a maximum of 10 years to complete this course.
  • Studies in the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing component are taken at the Chisholm TAFE in Berwick. Students may select arts units for the bachelors component 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 double award course allows students to study the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing from Chisholm TAFE in conjunction with the Bachelor of Communication degree from Monash University. Students receive both of these awards from the respective institutions upon successful completion of the program.


The course provides major studies in the theory, practice, technology and research techniques of mass communications together with studies at Chisholm TAFE which provide students with the theoretical base and the practical skills in a variety of writing, editing and production tasks.


This course consists of 108 points in the communication component from Monash University and 10 modules (36 points) in the Chisholm TAFE component.

Areas of study

Arts sequences offered at Berwick include:

  • behavioural studies
  • Indonesian
  • journalism
  • politics
  • psychology
  • visual culture.

Alternatively, students select a sequence of arts units taught at one of the other campuses of the University. Students who opt for this alternative should note that it will involve travelling to another campus to attend lectures, and close attention will need to be paid to the lecture timetable.

For information on arts majors and minors, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Communication component

(a.) a major in communications (48 points)

(b.) a first-year sequence in film and television studies:

  • FTV1010 Contemporary television studies and FTV1050 Contemporary film studies

(c.) a minor in an arts discipline (24 points)

(d.) two arts elective units (12 points)

(e.) an additional 12 points of elective units

Professional writing and editing component

Students must complete 10 modules from Chisholm TAFE offerings. For details of these offerings visit or email


Bachelor of Communication awarded by Monash University

Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing awarded by Chisholm TAFE