Public Relations: Reputation to Risk

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Swinburne University of Technology
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About this unit

This online unit from the Swinburne University of Technology, delivered by Open Universities Australia, explores public relations (PR) in terms of reputation management, with the aim of equipping students with the necessary skills to deliver reputation management for clients and employers.

In Public Relations: Reputation to Risk, you will analyse and address the kind of ethical issues that can arise in the field of corporate reputation management, and study different methodologies for dealing with various issues, as well as crisis management and risk communication needs.

You will gain a multi-dimensional understanding of PR, through examining a range of PR sub-disciplines, including government relations and media relations, and understand the varying factors and expectations that contribute to successful reputation management strategies within the different sectors.

Assessment for this unit is conducted in four ways: via an individual report, a case study analysis, group problem solving exercises and a group report and presentation.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Commerce, Swinburne University
  • Graduate Diploma of Commerce, Swinburne University
  • Master of Commerce, Swinburne University

Areas of study

In this Public Relations: Reputation to Risk unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Public relations as reputation management
  • Ethical issues in reputation management
  • Critical perspectives on public relations
  • Positive strategies for building reputation: CSR; EOC; triple bottom line reporting; sustainability
  • Issue management
  • Crisis communication
  • Risk communication
  • Managing reputation across borders
  • Managing reputation online, including in social media
  • The role of public affairs in managing reputation
  • Media relations strategies for reputation management
  • Reputation management case studies
  • Future directions: diverse perspectives and the challenge of hyper-risk

Course pathways

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Commerce, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Graduate Diploma of Commerce, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Master of Commerce, Swinburne University of Technology

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?

Upon successful completion of this online unit, you will have gained the necessary expertise required to carry out corporate reputation management. You will understand how public relations functions as reputation management, and the ethical issues related to reputation management.

You will know how to design and implement positive strategies for building and managing corporate reputation, including corporate social responsibility policies, sustainability, triple bottom line reporting and media relations management. You will be able to address a number of critical public relations scenarios, including crisis management and risk communications. You will have examined a range of critical perspectives on PR and gained practical knowledge from the analysis of various case studies.

This unit will equip you with the necessary skills to carry out offline and online corporate reputation management, including through the channels of social media, as well as how to manage corporate reputations for both domestic and international markets.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Public Relations: Reputation to Risk from Swinburne University of Technology.
  • 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 may be 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 a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. 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).

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