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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)


Previously coded COM4001


The ability to be able to find, use, assess and present information is crucial to those working in the communications industry. This unit focuses on research methods, sources, writing and theories used in the study and practice of media and communications, with a focus on Australian examples. The range of sources studied includes scholarly databases and bibliographical references, newspaper archives, and pictorial and moving images.


  1. To be able to make appropriate and efficient use of Australian sources within the Communications and media field;
  2. To be able to research and write scholarly essays at postgraduate standard;
  3. To be able to locate and make use of regular and archival holdings relating to media and communications field of major research libraries;
  4. To be familiar with electronic, printed and audio-visual sources;
  5. Familiarity with key Australian media;
  6. To be able to discuss and write critically about independent research undertaken.


2 x papers (2000 words): 40%
Research essay (5000 words): 50%
Class participation/Seminar presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

John Arnold

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week