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CK29 - Diploma of Professional Communication


Course Overview

The eight-unit, 48 credit point, Diploma of Professional Communication will produce graduates who have an introductory knowledge of professional communication, public relations, journalism, human resource management, management, digital media production and marketing. It will provide an exit degree option for the Bachelor of Professional Communication. The advantage of this diploma to students is that it gives an academic reward to those who cannot continue their studies for whatever reason, but who have nonetheless been successful up to the end of their first year (or later, if undertaken part-time). The advantage to the School of Humanities and Communication and to the Higher Education Division is that it will prevent some attrition.

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Course Details
Duration No information available at this time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) Dip
AQF Level Level 5: Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

N/A Exit award only

Security Requirements
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Health Requirements
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Assumed Knowledge
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Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Predicted Enrolments

Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. research, interpret, critique, and summarise information relevant to communication practice from a range of sources;
  • 2. apply evidence, data and information effectively;
  • 3. write for a range of professional communication genres, including corporate and media writing
  • 4. learn and work independently and collaboratively and reflect upon feedback to identify and enact self-improvements
  • 5. apply ethical and legal issues in a range of professional communication contexts
  • 6. communicate well with others from a diverse range of cultural and social backgrounds in order to foster effective communication within a corporate communication and media environment
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. KNOWLEDGE Have technical and theoretical knowledge and concepts, with depth in some areas within a field of work and learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources
3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and communication skills to analyse, plan, design and evaluate approaches to unpredictable problems and/or management requirements
4. SKILLS Have specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate application with depth in some areas of specialisation, in known or changing contexts
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical and/or creative skills in a range of situations
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate personal responsibility and autonomy in performing complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement to organise the work of self and others and plan, coordinate and evaluate the work of teams within broad but generally well- defined parameters
10. FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE sufficient to undertake qualifications
11. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of knowledge in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
12. FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS sufficient to undertake qualifications
13. ACQUISITION AND APPLICATION of skills in new or existing disciplines or professional areas drawn from higher education units
14. Course content drawn from higher education units
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 0 Total credit points: 0

To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete a certain:

  • [6 - 8] of core units
  • [up to 2] of specialisation

As listed in the Bachelor of Professional Communication

Must have completed 8 units including at least 6 units from the list below and may include up to two specialisation units as listed in the Bachelor of Professional Communication.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
COMM11003 Career Communications
COMM11007 Media Writing
COMM11108 Communicating for Social Change
COMM11110 Introduction to Public Relations
COMM12018 Advanced Public Relations
COMM12022 Communication and Global Technologies
COMM12025 Organisational Communication
COMM12030 Desktop Publishing
COMM12033 Speech and Script
COMM12116 Contemporary Photomedia
JOUR19024 Public Relations & the Media
JOUR12010 Feature Writing
More Details
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