PRL5000 Corporate Communication (FOART)
Units 1.0 (Public Relations) Band 3A
This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of Public Relations at the advanced level. Topics covered include the nature and history of public relations, the tools of public relations, the identification of internal and external publics, the design of public relations programmes and methods of assessing their effectiveness. The student is introduced to the various types of public relations, including corporate communication, community relations, employee relations, financial or investor relations and government relations. The concept of public relations as a management function is explored and the student is introduced to the fundamentals of public relations campaign or programme proposals, the use of objectives, strategies and tactics in public relations planning, and issues management. The course also introduces students to an examination of ethical issues in public relations and the ethical responsibilities of the public relations professional. This course cannot be taken as an elective.