AZA2030 - Corporate communication - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

South Africa School of Social Science


Ms Olga-Jean Queen

Unit guides


South Africa

  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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.


Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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