|Semester 2, 2020 Online|
|Short Description:||Professional Communication|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities & Communication|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||100700 - Communication & Media Studies|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Barbara Ryan
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
A large part of a public relations manager’s job is overseeing the writing output of a department and assisting by generating copy for certain projects. This course takes managers through the tools needed to ensure that everything produced by a communication department is the best possible quality. It also helps students develop writing skills for mainstream and social media, and controlled media such as brochures, newsletters and advertising copy.
Students will be introduced to management of public relations writing skills including the principles of effective public relations writing and the identification of best practice approaches. They will study how to research target publics and how to write for various mediums and channels, including audio, print, electronic mainstream media, social media, and organisational publications.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- discuss a range of areas in which professional communication approaches are used in the contemporary organisation;
- identify and critically analyse a variety of theoretical perspectives employed by public relations professionals in the development of effective professional communication;
- critically examine professional communication policy and practice, and understand the principles involved in establishing ‘best practice’ professional communication;
- demonstrate skill in researching and developing an understanding of target publics as the platform for undertaking effective, symmetrical communication;
- demonstrate expertise in the standard methods of writing for specific audiences (including international and intercultural audiences) using various mediums and channels;
- demonstrate the ability to plan and develop a major communication project within an organisational context for particular target publics;
- demonstrate the ability to analyse and critique professional communication practice.
|1.||Professional communication in the contemporary organisation||5.00|
|3.||’Best practice’ professional communication: principles, frameworks, policy and practice||15.00|
|4.||Researching and understanding target publics||10.00|
|5.||Professional communication – the mediums and channels||40.00|
|6.||Issues in professional communication practice||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=PRL5004)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|MEDIA MATERIALS 1||25||25||26 Aug 2020|
|MEDIA MATERIALS 2||25||25||23 Sep 2020|
|PROJECT MATERIALS 1||25||25||15 Oct 2020|
|PROJECT MATERIALS 2||25||25||22 Oct 2020|
Important assessment information
Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
External and Online:
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
There is no examination for this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.