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Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication)

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Hone your skills as a dynamic communicator with CSU's Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication).

Building on your previous qualifications and experience, this course gives you the knowledge to excel in a range of professional contexts.

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  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication) prepares you to succeed in the rapidly evolving landscape of communication practice. Whether your background is in organisational communication, journalism and media, advertising, public relations or corporate communication, this course will equip you to apply advanced knowledge and skills in diverse professional contexts.

    Practical program

    You will study organisational communication from a range of standpoints and apply different models and theories to analyse professional communication, individual communication styles and communication management. You will also gain an understanding of organisational culture and change, and explore organisational reputation with a focus on issues and crises.

    Online convenience 

    This degree is delivered online, allowing you to fit study around your work, family and lifestyle commitments. The classroom comes to you through a range of online study materials, forums and communication tools. 

    Industry relevance

    With a strong practical focus, this degree includes assessments that enable you to undertake projects of significance to your workplace or industry. 

    Professionals teaching you

    Academic staff in CSU's School of Communication and Creative Industries are highly qualified, active researchers with extensive experience. They regularly collaborate with industry to ensure you gain the most relevant and up-to-date knowledge and skills on which to build your career.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication) is designed to boost the knowledge and skills of those working in professional communication roles or aspiring to do so. It will enhance your career if you are working in professional communication roles in the public or private sector, public relations, advertising, marketing, journalism or education. Once you have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication), you could continue to build your expertise with CSU's Master of Communication (with specialisations).

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    MASTER OF COMMUNICATION (generic and with specialisations) (128 points)

    Course duration and number of points to be completed are defined by the student's admission credit, as follows:

    * Students entering with a Bachelor (Level 7) qualification from a different discipline (no credit) will be required to complete 128 points (equivalent to 2 years full-time).
    * Students entering with a Bachelor (Level 7) qualification in the same discipline (earning 32 points credit) will be required to complete 96 points (equivalent to 1.5 years full-time).
    * Students entering with a Graduate Diploma (Level 8) from a different discipline (earning 32 points credit) will be required to complete 96 points (equivalent to 1.5 years full-time).
    * Students entering with a Graduate Diploma (Level 8) qualification in the same discipline (earning 64 points credit) will be required to complete 64 points (equivalent to 1 year full-time).

    Foundation Communication – Core subjects (capstone subjects – to be done in final session/s)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16 points)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32 points)

    Foundation Communication – Restricted electives
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16 points)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16 points)

    Journalism Specialisation subjects
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16 points)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16 points)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16 points)

    Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16 points)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16 points)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16 points)
    For this specialisation, Graduate Certificate in Organisational Communication students may also choose:
    HRM502 Human Resource Management (8 points)
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice (8 points)

    MASTER OF COMMUNICATION (no specialisation)
    Students entering the course without credit complete 128 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subject (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500/502)
    - minimum of 3 x Specialisation subjects (from either specialisation).

    Students entering the course with 32 points of credit complete 96 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subject (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500/502)
    - minimum of one Specialisation subject (from either specialisation).

    JOURNALISM SPECIALISATION

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNICATION (JOURNALISM) (32 points)
    Students complete 2 x 16-point subjects including a minimum of one Journalism Specialisation subject (JRN526 / JRN527 / JRN528). 
    One Foundation Communication subject may be included, chosen from CCI500 / CCI501 / CCI502.

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF COMMUNICATION (JOURNALISM) – Exit point only (64 points)
    Students who complete 64 points including a minimum of one Foundation Communication subject chosen from CCI500 / CCI501 / CCI502 plus a minimum of 2 x Journalism Specialisation subjects may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Communication (Journalism).


    MASTER OF COMMUNICATION (JOURNALISM) (128 points)
    Students entering the course without credit complete 128 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subjects (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500 / 502)
    - 3 x Journalism Specialisation subjects (48 points).

    Students entering the course with 32 points of credit complete 96 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subjects (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500 / 502)
    - minimum of 2 x Journalism Specialisation subjects.

    ORGANISATIONAL COMMUNICATION SPECIALISATION

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNICATION (ORGANISATIONAL COMMUNICATION) (32 points)
    Students complete 2 x 16-point subjects as follows:

    - minimum of one 16-point / 2 x 8-point Organisational Communication Specialisation subject/s
    - one 16-point subject from either the Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects or the Foundation Communication subjects CCI500 / 501 / 502.


    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF COMMUNICATION (ORGANISATIONAL COMMUNICATION) – Exit point only (64 points)
    Students who complete 64 points including a minimum of one Foundation Communication subject chosen from CCI500 / CCI501 / CCI502 plus a minimum of 2 x 16-point Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects  may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Communication (Organisational Communication).

    MASTER OF COMMUNICATION (ORGANISATIONAL COMMUNICATION) (128 points)
    Students entering the course without credit complete 128 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subjects (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of one further Foundation Communication subject (CCI500 / 502)
    - 3 x 16-point Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects (48 points).

    Students entering the course with 32 points of credit complete 96 points as follows:

    - 2 x Foundation Communication core subjects (CCI501 and CCI504: 48 points)
    - minimum of 2 x 16-point Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects
    - remaining points chosen from either Foundation Communication subjects / Organisational Communication Specialisation subjects.

    Other elective subjects not mentioned above may be considered and approved by the Course Director.

    Enrolment pattern

    There is no prescribed enrolment pattern.

    Please contact the Course Director for further advice.

    CCI501 Communication Research Strategies and Criticality (16 points) and CCI504 Communication Dissertation/Project (32 points) are capstone subjects, and should be taken in the final session/s of the course.

    It is the student's responsibility to select subjects in alignment with the requirements of the course structure, subject availability, pre-requisites, co-requisites and/or any subject enrolment restrictions which may apply. Subject selection in relation to the course structure can be made according to student needs and career aspirations.

  • Admission information

    Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism)
    Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism) must meet the following Admission Requirements:

    A completed Bachelor (or AQF equivalent) in any discipline
    OR
    Work experience, within the same industry as the course profile, of no less than four years full time equivalent. 

    English Language Proficiency
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

    Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication)
    Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication) must meet the following requirements.

    A completed Bachelor Degree (or AQF equivalent)
    or
    Demonstrated work experience of at least four years fulltime equivalent  in a communication or media role. A full CV with at least 2 referee contacts to confirm  previous employment must be submitted with application.

    English Language Proficiency
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYYYOAOR
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYYJAOR


    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

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  • About the School

    School of Communication and Creative Industries

    CSU’s School of Communication and Creative Industries have built a hub for innovative storytellers who want to make a difference. Based on Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School has an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration created through a unique balance of practical production and theoretical foundation. CSU’s courses are delivered in authentic industry settings including our state-of-the-art television studios; newsroom; performance theatres; exhibition spaces; and photography, graphic design and animation and visual effects facilities. Our courses have real flexibility - on-campus students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities, while online students have the choice to study from their own studio or home. Postgraduate students are supervised by senior academic staff who all have substantial industry experience. The staff also have extensive experience in publications (academic journals and books), presentations at domestic and international conferences, and regularly interact with the industry to stay in touch with developments and changes.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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