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 Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rose-Marie Bezuidenhout


The unit is designed to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and experience in applying traditional and new media technologies to public relations practice. The unit addresses the use of the traditional media such as print, radio and television in ensuring publicity opportunities in South Africa. Students are also introduced to the developments in new media technologies, and shown how these are applied towards enhancing public relations efforts. Students will learn how new media technologies are used by PR professionals to develop online strategies, such as building personal or company profiles, expanding existing networks, communicating more effectively with key publics, gaining media attention, managing online reputations and attracting sponsorships.


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

  1. Understand the role and use of publicity in public relations;
  2. Compile media kits for launches and events;
  3. Develop media plans as part of a campaign;
  4. Write fact sheets, releases and arrange radio interviews and television appearance for corporate representatives;
  5. Develop effective media relations
  6. Acquire sound knowledge of how new media technologies are changing PR practices;
  7. Understand how new media technologies are applied to PR activities such as managing campaigns, managing online reputations, and crisis communications;
  8. Use online tools for PR activities;
  9. Evaluate the relevance of various new media technologies for PR applications.


Tutorial work: 10%
Essay: 25%
Report: 35%
Exam: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS2433, ATS3433, COM2025