ATS3762 - Language and the internet - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

English as an International Language

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Brook Bolander


Dr Brook Bolander

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.


The unit introduces students to language and digital media communication through the Internet. The Internet, including social media such as facebook, has transformed (intercultural) communication over the last decades, and it has an increasing impact on how we conceptualise culture and use language, and how we interact with one another locally and globally. This unit explores how the Internet changes language and communication patterns, and it also provides opportunities for students to reflect on their use of language on the Internet and social media so that they develop new media literacy and competency as well as skills and strategies for successful professional and personal communication in their future careers.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. identify features of languages (including English as an International Language) that are commonly used on the Internet;
  2. develop awareness of language change and variation in relations to digital technologies;
  3. develop new media literacy and competence in using English as an International Language for digital media communication through the Internet;
  4. develop analytical skills and critical thinking regarding language use on the Internet.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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.

See also Unit timetable information

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