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Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism)

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CSU's Graduate Certificate in Journalism aims to qualify individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including journalism and media, organisational communication, advertising and public relations to apply specialised knowledge and skills in a range of professional contexts, and serves as a pathway for further learning.

The Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism) is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    The course aims to qualify individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including journalism and media, organisational communication, advertising and public relations to apply specialised knowledge and skills in a range of professional contexts, and serves as a pathway for further learning.

  • 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

    The course consists of the following, duration and points to complete are defined by the student's admission credit, as follows:

    students entering with a Bachelor (level 7) qualification in the same discipline will be required to complete 96 points (1.5 years FTE) Students entering with a Graduate Diploma (level 8) qualification in the same discipline will be required to complete 64 points (1.0 years FTE) students entering with a Bachelor (level 7) qualification from a different discipline will be required to complete 128 points (2 years FTE) students entering with a Graduate Diploma (level 8)  from a different discipline will be required to complete 96 points (1.5 years FTE)

    Arrangements for switching specialisation are dealt with case by case by the course director.

    Subjects

    Foundation communication
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32)

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

    Organisational communication specialisation subjects
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)  

    Master of Communication 96 credit points

    Minimum 64 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    including core
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32)

    And
    Minimum 16 credit points from

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

    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)  

    Master of Communication 128 points

    Minimum 64 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    including core
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32)

    And
    Minimum 48 credit points from
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)  

    Journalism specialisation
    Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism) 32 points

    Two 16 credit point subjects including minimum of one specialist subject:
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    And may include a maximum of one foundation subject:

    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    Graduate Diploma of Communication (Journalism) 64 points
    Minimum one foundation subject from
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    And minimum two specialisation subjects from
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)  

    Master of Communication (Journalism) 96 points

    Minimum 48 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16) (core)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32) (core)

    And
    Minimum 32 specialisation credit points from
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    Master of Communication (Journalism) 128 points

    Minimum 64 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality  (16) (core)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32) (core)

    And
    48 specialisation credit points
    JRN526 Research, writing and reporting for journalism (16)
    JRN527 Journalism cultures and practice (16)
    JRN528 Convergent journalism (16)

    Organisational Communication specialisation

    Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication) 32 points
    Two 16 credit point subjects including minimum of one specialisation subject, or two 8 credit point specialisation subjects plus one 16 credit point subject from either set.
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)
    HRM502 Human Resource Management (8)
    MGT501 Management Theory and Practice (8)

    And may include a maximum of one foundation subject:
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)  

    Graduate Diploma of Communication (Organisational Communication) 64 points

    Minimum one foundation subject from
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)

    And minimum two specialisation subjects from
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)  

    Master of Communication (Organisational Communication) 96 points

    Minimum 48 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality  (16) (core)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32) (core)

    And
    Minimum 32 specialisation credit points from
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)  

    Master of Communication (Organisational Communication) 128  points

    Minimum 64 credit points from foundation subjects
    CCI500 Professional communication trends and influences (16)
    CCI501 Communication research strategies and criticality (16) (core)
    CCI502 Multiplatform communication (16)
    CCI504 Communication dissertation / project (32) (core)

    And
    48 Specialisation credit points
    COM538 Communication in organisations (16)
    COM539 Issues, crisis and reputation (16)
    COM540 Corporate culture and change communication (16)  

    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. These subjects 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

    1. Undergraduate degree

    or

    2. Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Communication (Journalism) and Graduate Certificate in Communication (Organisational Communication) on the basis of professional attainment and/or work experience. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will be eligible for admission to the Master of Communication (generic and with specialisations) and receive credit for applicable subjects.

    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!
    Find out more

  • 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 EducationBathurstFPPGYYYOAJN
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYYYJAJN

    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.

  • How to apply
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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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