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Master of Arts (Organisational Communication)

Graduation requirements

To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Organisational Communication, students must complete 32 points.

To graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Organisational Communication, students must complete 64 points, which includes the 32 points completed in the Graduate Certificate.

To graduate with the Master of Organisational Communication, students must complete a total of 96 points.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Organisational Communication program is designed to equip communication professionals for leadership in a range of industries.

Accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia, the program provides a world-class learning experience for communication professionals to develop their communication management and strategic skills. All subjects are offered by distance education, and include at least one assignment that students can focus on their own work or organisation, helping them to become more confident and productive employees from the outset.

Students learn about contemporary practice and theory, and apply their learning through case studies, problem-solving and strategy development.

In year one students learn about individual and leader communication styles, public relations and communication theory, employee communication and change management, strategy planning, research and communication audits.

Year two subjects focus on  knowledge and skills in corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement, crisis and issues management, corporate culture and integrated communication.

In the final session students undertake independent research and apply their learning to a corporate communication issue and case of their choice.

Students in the program come from a range of sectors, but most work in or consult to large organisations. The variety of student backgrounds ensures lively, informative discussions and debates at residential schools and online.

Overseas applicants are encouraged. Provision can be made for overseas students to complete the course without attending residential schools.

Professionals teaching you

All staff are experienced communication practitioners and academics. Each brings a special practical expertise from the public, private or non-government sectors, and is presently involved in related industry or conceptual research. Staff are sensitive to the special needs of busy professionals with career and other commitments.

Professional recognition

The courses in CSU's Organisational Communication program are accredited by the Public Relations Institute of Australia, the sector’s peak professional body.

Credit and articulation

All 32 points required for the Graduate Certificate count towards the Graduate Diploma and the Master degree. Full credit is given in the next level for subjects already completed.

Residential schools

Residential schools for the course are held at Bathurst Campus twice per year. These schools are compulsory in some subjects, however if it is not possible for students to attend (such as overseas enrolled students), exemption needs to be sought early in the session and arrangements made for additional assessments.

Course structure

Graduate Certifcate in Organisational Communication - 32 credit points
Graduate Diploma of Organisational Communication - 64 credit points
Master of Arts (Organisational Communication) - 96 credit points

Note: the course structure is designed for students completing the program in the distance education part-time mode at a rate of 16 credit points per semester.

Students must complete:

Graduate Certificate students complete 32 credit points chosen from:

32 points from:

COM505 Individual Communication Management
COM506 Communication in Organisations
COM510 Contemporary Communication Theory
COM511 Communication Audits and Applied Research
COM531 Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication (16 points)

Graduate Diploma students complete 64 credit points including:

COM505 Individual Communication Management
COM506 Communication in Organisations
COM510 Contemporary Communication Theory
COM511 Communication Audits and Applied Research

AND 32 points from

COM530 Responsibility, Reputation and Stakeholder Relations (16 points)
COM531 Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication (16 points)
COM532 Corporate Culture, Integrated Communication and Change (16 points)

Master by coursework students complete 96 credit points including:

COM505 Individual Communication Management
COM506 Communication in Organisations
COM510 Contemporary Communication Theory
COM511 Communication Audits and Applied Research
COM515 Communication Case Study Project (16 points)

AND 48 points from

COM530 Responsibility, Reputation and Stakeholder Relations (16 points)
COM531 Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication (16 points)
COM532 Corporate Culture, Integrated Communication and Change (16 points)

* restricted electives to the value of 16 credit points

Master by dissertation students complete 96 credit points including:

COM505 Individual Communication Management
COM506 Communication in Organisations
COM510 Contemporary Communication Theory
COM511 Communication Audits and Applied Research
COM532 Corporate Culture, Integrated Communication and Change (16 points)

AND

16 points from

COM530 Responsibility, Reputation and Stakeholder Relations (16 points)
COM531 Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication (16 points)

AND

COM500 Dissertation (32 credit points). (For dissertation students the independent research component of COM532 will be dedicated to development of the dissertation research proposal). Total 96 credit points.

Notes

*Restricted electives - These can be taken from postgraduate programs in approved areas of health management, government, management, human resources, international, cultural or marketing studies.

Residential schools

Residential schools for the course are held on campus each year. Students will be advised of these events in the preceding session.

Enrolment pattern

Enrolment Patterns are based on standard part-time progression of 16 credit points each session.

Note: 2 year Master available for session 1 and 2 intake only. Session 3 intake Master completed in 7 sessions. Session 3 intake Graduate diploma completed in 5 sessions.

Session 1 Intake

Graduate Certificate

Session 1

COM510  Contemporary Communication Theory
COM505  Individual Communication Management

Session 2

COM511  Communication Audits and Applied Research
COM506  Communication in Organisations

Graduate Diploma

Sessions 1-2 as above

Session 3

COM531 Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication (16 points)

Session 4

COM532  Corporate Culture, Integrated Communication and Change (16 points)

Master by course work

Session 1-4 as above

Session 5

COM530  Responsibility, Reputation and Stakeholder Relations (16 points)
OR
Restricted electives (16 points)

Session 6

COM515  Communication Case Study Project (16 points)

Master by dissertation

Sessions 1-4 as above

Sessions 5 and 6

COM500 Dissertation (32 points)

Session 2 Intake

Graduate Certificate

Session 1

COM511  Communication Audits and Applied Research
COM506  Communication in Organisations

Session 2

COM531 Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication (16 points)

Graduate Diploma

Sessions 1-2 as above

Session 3

COM510  Contemporary Communication Theory
COM505  Individual Communication Management

Session 4

COM530  Responsibility, Reputation and Stakeholder Relations (16 points)

Master by course work

Sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4 as above

Session 5

COM515  Communication Case Study Project (16 points)

Session 6

COM532  Corporate Culture, Integrated Communication and Change (16 points)

Session 3 Intake

Graduate Certificate

Session 1

COM531 Issues, Risk and Crisis Communication (16 points)

Session 2

COM510  Contemporary Communication Theory
COM505  Individual Communication Management

Master by course work

Session 1- 2 as above

Session 3

COM511  Communication Audits and Applied Research
COM506  Communication in Organisations

Session 4

* restricted elective (16 points)

Session 5

COM530  Responsibility, Reputation and Stakeholder Relations (16 points)

Session 6

COM532  Corporate Culture, Integrated Communication and Change (16 points)

Articulation

The Graduate Certificate articulates with the Graduate Diploma and the Master degree. The Graduate Diploma articulates with the Master degree.

Professional recognition

Professional organisational communicators are diverse in their practice and background. There is no single accrediting body, and no license or membership requirement to practice as a professional communicator.

Public relations is not a licensed profession, but it does have an active peak body with more than 3000 members, the Public Relations Association of Australia (PRIA).

The course was accredited by the PRIA in late 2009 for 5 years.

Accreditation reflects the PRIA's approval of the course content and learning for the practice of public relations. The School of Communication has placed considerable importance on PRIA accreditation since its accreditation program started in the early 1990s as it provides a benchmark for the PR industry's expectations of courses and graduates.

The other professional bodies consulted for this review, International Association for Public Participation and Local Government Public Relations Association, do not currently have formal accreditation programs.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Bathurst

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

Part-time:
Master: 2 years
Graduate Diploma: 1.5 years
Graduate Certificate: 1 year

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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