Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please 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 or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitCommunications and Media Studies
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Elizabeth Paton


Previously coded COM5280


The unit offers students an opportunity to undertake an extended supervised research project in communications or the media associated with an industry partner. Prior to the start of semester students are responsible for identifying and contacting a suitable industry partner and arranging the placement as well as seeking approval from the course co-ordinator. Students then formulate their research topic in consultation with their appointed supervisor and the industry partner. Students should work with the industry partner over a four to five week period. Students are not permitted to undertake the project in their usual place of work.


  1. To develop awareness of the range of social and professional contexts in which communication occurs;
  2. To develop an understanding of communication as a set of practices and to identify common features within these practices;
  3. To introduce some of the major ways in which communication and media have been understood at a theoretical level;
  4. To consider the relation between theory and practice in the field of communication and an appreciation of how they can productively inform each other;
  5. To introduce communications and media studies as a basis for further graduate study and professional practice in the field.


Placement brief (1800 words): 20%
Placement log (3600 words): 40%
Reflective essay (3600 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

No scheduled contact, but 288-hours of study over the semester, including a minimum of 152-hours of internship.