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Monash University Handbook 2011 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/BITS
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


  • Students have a maximum of 10 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.


The course provides major studies in professional communications theory and practice, together with studies in information technology. Students have the opportunity to develop practical skills in journalism and/or public relations, complemented by contextual knowledge of the media and communications industry.


Students develop an understanding of the practical operations of the media, the social and cultural dimensions of mass communications, and the audiences, producers and policy-makers.

In the BITS, students develop their knowledge of IT, their skills in the techniques required to develop IT-based systems and their understanding of the way in which IT and IT-based systems can be used in business, industry and government. Students may take a major in multimedia development, which will teach them about the use of computer-based multimedia, and the tools, technologies and techniques used to create multimedia products and systems.

Refer to the Bachelor of Professional Communication objectives at and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems objectives at


This course consists of 96 points in the professional communication component and 96 points in the information technology and systems component.


Professional communication component

(a.) a major in one of the following professional communications disciplines (48 points):

  • communications
  • journalism
  • public relations

(b.) a minor in one of the remaining professional communications disciplines not taken as the major (24 points

(c.) additional arts electives, including 12 points at first year level. (24 points)

Information technology and systems component

(a.) six core information technology units (36 points):

(b.) 10 further 6-point information technology units (60 points), comprising at least 18 points at level two and at least 36 points at level three (including 12 points at level three in industrial experience or studio units. For information on information technology majors, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

Areas of Study

Professional communications discipline major and minor

Other arts areas of study

For information on other arts units, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at

Information technology systems majors

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

Alternative exit(s)

Students cannot graduate from either single degree until they have satisfied the requirements for that award and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points in the relevant component. Students are permitted to count up to 48 points of the other faculty's component towards those 144 points. To meet Bachelor of Professional Communication requirements students must also complete at least 36 points at third-year level.


Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems

Bachelor of Professional Communication