COMM12022 - Communication and Global Technologies

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Communications technologies have changed the way we live in profound ways and have determined the shape of contemporary culture around the world. At the same time, people play a role in cultural change by determining how such technologies are utilised. This unit examines the development of communication and its associated technologies such as computer mediated communications, the constructs of Apple and Microsoft and the rise and proliferation of social media platforms. It critically analyses how modern culture has, and continues to be, influenced by these developments and incorporates an intergenerational reflection of the evolution of communication. Through this unit, you will develop a critical awareness of new communication technologies and their impact on a global scale.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 36 credit points

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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 Assessment 20%
2. Presentation 35%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 14.29% 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 Satisfaction Survey and Teaching Staff Review
The unit content would benefit from being updated, including more recent case studies and readings
Significantly review and update unit content material.
Action Taken
Unit content material has been updated, however, this is an ongoing activity which requires larger changes including updated unit learning outcomes.
Source: Student Satisfaction Survey
Students found assessment expectations clear and concise
Continue to monitor and update assessment instructions as necessary.
Action Taken
Teaching staff continually engage with students to ensure assessment instructions are clear.
Source: Informal Student Feedback
Flexibility was appreciated by students, particularly those who take this unit alongside units with intensive work integrated learning, internship-style elements.
Continue to deliver content in formats where students can access learning materials at their own pace, while looking for opportunities to offer students flexibility as needed.
Action Taken
Source: Teaching Staff Review
Practical assessment allows students to apply research and interviewing skills. Students enjoy this aspect and find it valuable, however this is often the first-time students have encountered this interview style and would benefit from more training.
Embed more content in the unit which explains interviewing for research, and consider opportunities to practice mock interviews beforehand.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Craft interrogative questions for the purpose of obtaining information during an interview
  2. Analyse the key effects of the communication technology evolution
  3. Categorise the cultural effects of new media
  4. Evaluate and discuss the core cultural effects of recent communication technology
  5. Combine a formal essay with a reflective account of the research process.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
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
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 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment