Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedSouth Africa First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rose-Marie Bezuidenhout


The aim of the unit is to enable students to apply advanced principles of strategic and integrated communication/public relations practices. The unit addresses the concept and rationale of the integrated role of strategic public relations/communication in the organisational context. The unit expounds competencies in the planning, implementation, management and evaluation of strategies relating to corporate identity and branding, and corporate reputation and reputational risks. The unit highlights the similarities and differences between related practices such as corporate communication, public relations, integrated marketing communication, corporate and advocacy advertising, and marketing.


On completion of the unit, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of an integrated communication strategy;
  2. Apply principles of environmental scanning and scenario writing;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the content of a communication strategy;
  4. Apply the process of formulating and developing a communication strategy;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of corporate identity, image, branding and reputation;
  6. Research and measure corporate reputation and identity;
  7. Identify and explain corporate and advocacy advertisements;
  8. Describe marketing communication and integrated marketing communication;
  9. Identify situations that may heighten corporate reputational risks;
  10. Demonstrate a high standard of written and oral communication skills and competencies, as well as organisation skills, and resource gathering and planning.
  11. Analyse South African case studies relating to corporate identity, image, branding and reputation.


Tutorial work: 20%
Case study analysis: 20%
Strategic planning project: 30%
Examination: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour tutorial per week + Ten hours of review, self-assessment and preparation per week

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