New Communication Technologies

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

The way we communicate has changed drastically over the past few years, and at the pace that new technologies are being introduced to the market, things are set to continue changing.

This unit in New Communication Technologies is highly relevant and essential learning for anyone working in or studying in the field of media communications, and will help you master new technologies such as social media and internet platforms. 

Delivered online by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University, this unit covers everything from the history of computers to the all-pervasive impact of social media, and will give you thorough backgrounding in communication in all its present forms.

As a contemporary communicator, you will be expected to understand the many outlets for disseminating your messages and to communicate directly to your audience. This unit will equip you with the broad knowledge you need to understand the online context the many opportunities it presents to media professionals today.

You will also gain an appreciation for the culture that has emerged from these new forms of communication, including cyberpolitics and e-democracy and free culture.

Eligibility

Anyone can apply.

Areas of study

In this New Communication Technologies unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • Communication and technology
  • Computer history
  • Converging technologies
  • Academic writing skills
  • Evolving communication
  • Cyberspace, science fiction and cyberpunk
  • Social media
  • Production and consumption
  • Memes
  • Life in the techno-sphere
  • Free culture
  • Dialectics and divides
  • Cyberpolitics and e-democracy
  • Digital literacies
  • Ethics and responsibility

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit is essential learning for any professional or student who intends to communicate with the public. It provides the historical and contextual information you will need to understand the evolution of new platforms, and to get your messages heard. 

Completion of this unit will enable you to:

  • Effectively research the internet and identify opportunities in virtual spaces
  • Understand how new communication technologies have been constructed by social, cultural and institutional influences, and be able to pinpoint conflicting forces to drive change
  • Appreciate the ethical, social and cultural dimensions of using new communication platforms in both the public and private domain
  • Critically evaluate a range of technological advancements
  • Critically reflect upon the negative and positive outcomes of society’s adoption and use of media technologies and its influence on democracy

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in New Communication Technologies from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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