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Courses Handbook 2014

This handbook contains information for courses and units at Curtin in 2014.
Information for the previous year's courses and units is available at Courses Handbook 2013.

312085 v.1 Internet Communications Major

Major/Stream Overview

This major/stream is part of a larger course. Information is specific to the major/stream, please refer to the course for more information.

The Internet Communications major provides you with an opportunity to learn in detail about the human dimensions of the Internet: how people network, collaborate, and share information through Internet communications, media and design. You will develop advanced skills in creating, maintaining and managing online communications for personal and commercial interactions, as well as gaining knowledge of the social and cultural contexts within which those interactions occur. The approach is interdisciplinary: you develop skills in website design, public communication, social network management, collaboration via virtual organisations, and web media production. At the same time you will understand the political, economic and social changes associated with the Internet. By combining this major with recommended electives in media, design, business, information technology, marketing, and other disciplines, you will create the right degree program for you to become an astute, engaged professional communicator via the Internet.

Major Overview Note

Students choosing this major within the Bachelor of Arts degree will also choose another major or an elective stream. Choosing a second major allows students to study in an additional discipline area. Choosing an elective stream allows students to undertake further study in the discipline of their first major or choose from a variety of units from around the University.

Major/Stream Entry and Completion Details

Students should complete Web Communications 101 and Internet and Everyday Life 102 in first year.

Major/Stream Organisation

Major/Stream Learning Outcomes

A graduate of this course can:

1. understand and apply key concepts of Internet Studies and apply transdisciplinary thinking to the application and creation of ideas concerning networked technologies of information and communication

2. think critically, creatively and reflectively so as to imagine, design, use and critique networked technologies of information and communication

3. conduct appropriate scholarly and professional research to find, access, organise, evaluate and synthesise information through a variety of media and apply that information to the construction of knowledge

4. communicate and facilitate communication through a variety of media, for different purposes, and for different audiences

5. use the Internet and related networked technologies of information and communication with an understanding of the complex interaction of political, cultural, and economic forces that constitutes technology as social

6. further develop skills and knowledge through self-directed learning

7. understand the complex interplay of local, national and global factors that influence and are expressed through the Internet and networked technologies of information and communication

8. recognise and value cultural difference and understand its significance in relation to network technologies and their use in society for communication and information

9. act ethically and responsibly to use, sustain and expand the social, business and cultural networks that exist via the Internet, when working independently and in teams

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 2 Semester 1
301517 v.4   Internet Communities and Social Networks 204 2.0 25.0
301063 v.5   Web Media 207 3.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 2
306026 v.2   Internet Commerce and Consumers 205 2.0 25.0
301515 v.4   Web Publishing 206 3.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 1
306012 v.2   Web Presence 309 2.0 25.0
308965 v.2   Internet Collaboration and Organisation 308 2.0 25.0
Year 3 Semester 2
312215 v.1   Web Production 300 2.0 25.0
301054 v.5   Internet Politics and Power 303 2.0 25.0

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