Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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
CRICOS code018367K
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Sunway)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details; Head of Arts: Professor James Chin; email; Course coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Helen Nesadurai;; Course manager: Kevin Tan;


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.


This degree aims to develop an a understanding of the role of communication in modern society through studies of the application of communications theory to the corporate sector, the role of culture and social structures in social change, global trends and their local impact, and contemporary writing practices. Students undertake compulsory studies in communications as well as a range of electives from the Faculty of Arts or other faculties.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of key concepts, theoretical perspectives and scholarly debates in the field of Communication
  • demonstrate the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills as are appropriate to the discipline
  • apply discipline-specific knowledge as well as a combination of personal and cultural understandings that demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity, ethical awareness and aesthetic appreciation
  • recognise and understand the principles of ethical conduct and professionalism and be able to apply these to future careers
  • apply research techniques and research skills appropriate to the field of communication to study problems and evaluate research findings
  • apply discipline knowledge and critical thinking to evaluate arguments, synthesise ideas and solve problems in the field of Communication
  • demonstrate the skills of verbal and written communication, as well as the ability to work independently and in teams, in order to effectively present knowledge and research findings to expert and general audiences
  • develop information management, study and research skills and attitudes to support lifelong learning
  • demonstrate the capacity to evaluate their own performance, work effectively in teams and individually, as well as the skills to plan and carry out set tasks and projects


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

Areas of study

Compulsory major

For the specific requirements of majors and minors and information on other arts units refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Students must complete at least 144 points:

(a.) a communications major of eight units (48 points)

(b.) an arts minor in a different area of study (24 points)

(c.) a first-year arts sequence in a third area of study (12 points)

(d.) further units to complete a total of 144 points.

By combining some of the core arts requirements, students can complete a double major in two different arts disciplines. For more details on this option, contact the Faculty of Arts.

Students must complete across the duration of the course:

  • at least 96 points of arts units
  • a minimum of 36 points at third-year (including those completed in the communications major sequence)
  • no more than 10 units (60 points) at a first-year level.


Bachelor of Communication