Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitNational Centre For Australian Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Juan Sanin (semester 1); Dr Louise Poland (semester 2)


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 field of communications and media;
  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, print and audio-visual sources;
  5. Familiarity with key Australian media;
  6. To be able to discuss and write critically about independent research undertaken.


3 research projects (2000 words): 60%
Research essay (3000 words): 30%
Class participation/Seminar presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Juan Sanin (semester 1)
Dr Louise Poland (semester 2)

Contact hours

One 2-hour seminar per week