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COMM11108 - Communication and Democracy in Australia

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course provides an overview of formal and informal structures of power in contemporary Australian society and a guide for students of communication, journalism, public relations and culture to the hidden and complex patterns of historical change and negotiation which occur on a daily basis within the institutions of a sophisticated democracy such as Australia's. These institutions include : legislatures, the legal system, industrial relations, regulatory authorities, the public service, lobby groups including non-government organisations, political parties, various elites and religious organisations.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Cairns
Distance
Perth
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Cairns
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 35%
2. Group Discussion 20%
3. Written Assessment 45%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 53.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student evaluation survey 2019
Feedback
Students commented favorably on the quick turnaround time and detailed feedback provided on assessment pieces.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain a quick turnaround time and continue the provision of detailed feedback on assessment pieces.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator maintained a quick turnaround time and continued the provision of detailed feedback on assessment pieces.
Source: Student evaluation survey 2019
Feedback
The strong links between the unit content and real-world examples were very well received and presented in a way that was clearly understood by the students.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain the strong links between the unit content and real-world examples and present in a way that is clearly understood by the students.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator maintained the strong links between the unit content and real-world examples and presented in a way that was clearly understood by the students.
Source: Student evaluation survey 2019
Feedback
The students enjoyed sourcing a variety of free online readings around the unit content rather than having to purchase a textbook.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue utilising a variety of free online readings for the unit rather than re-introducing a prescribed textbook.
Action Taken
The Unit Coordinator continued utilising a variety of free online readings for the unit rather than re-introducing a prescribed textbook.
Source: Student evaluation survey 2020
Feedback
Students commented favourably on the use of tailored input from industry professionals through supplementary videos and testimony.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain the use of tailored input from industry professionals through supplementary videos and testimony.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation survey 2020
Feedback
The students responded well to the ongoing and accessible support provided by the Unit Coordinator throughout the term, despite the entire cohort moving to online learning.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain the ongoing and accessible support provided by the Unit Coordinator to on-campus and online students in future units.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation survey 2020
Feedback
Students suggested a Zoom schedule be implemented at the start of the term with set days/times for regular zoom sessions.
Recommendation
It is recommended that Zoom schedules will be implemented at the beginning of term with set days / times as part of the CQU Renew blueprint.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. define the structures of power, formal and informal, in contemporary Australian society;
  2. identify past and present characteristics of the Australian social and political system;
  3. describe the institutions of Australian democracy including ongoing pressures for change and reform;
  4. demonstrate an awareness of the communication and information processes involved in Australian democracy in government;
  5. identify and monitor the resources and technologies available to a range of groups.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Written Assessment