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Diploma of Arts - Communication

Diploma of Arts - Communication Stream

The SAIBT Diploma of Arts provides a pathway into various bachelor degrees in UniSA. There are 2 streams of the Diploma of Arts. This stream is called Communication and it comprises seven stage 1 foundation courses to prepare you for tertiary level study, and eight stage 2 courses, from the first year of UniSA degrees. You may have been granted exemption from some courses depending on your academic results. These will be listed in your offer letter and will be displayed on your course enrolment page, in the SAIBT student Portal.

Stage 1
Study Load Units

ITN002

Information and New Media Technologies   

You will be introduced to the use of the Internet, social media and associated technologies in society and business. Through the course, you will utilise Microsoft Office along with online tools for effective communication and discuss the ethical and security issues related to the use of Information Communication Technologies.

25%

4.5

ARC002

Academic Research and Critical Enquiry   

This course will introduce you to the basic principles of critical thinking. It also assists you in developing skills needed for the tertiary study environment, including academic reading, listening and note-taking, as well as written formats and referencing.

25%

4.5

CPP002

Communication: People Place and Culture   

In this unit you are introduced to the basic principles of communication and its role in society and culture. You will investigate the effects of different forms of verbal and non-verbal communication and describe cultural influences on the communication process.

25%

4.5

MAS001

Media and Society   

This course analyses the use of media in society and its role in cultural life. You will investigate the different factors, which shape cultures today and discuss how the media affects popular culture, interpretations of the world and contributes to cultural identity.

25%

4.5

DES001

Design   

This course provides you with an introduction to the basic principles of design and their application to various publications. You will use the design process and different software applications to publish material for both print and electronic media and analyse the messages communicated through different design elements.

25%

4.5

ESS001

Essential Study Skills   

In this course students will be provided with an understanding and application of essential study skills, covering independent learning skills and styles, active listening, presentation and group work skills.

25%

4.5

Elective

Choose from: Business Studies 1, Maths & Statistics, Science & Society, Human Biology, Programming   

Business Studies 1

This unit provides you with an understanding and application of foundation concepts in the business disciplines of management and leadership, finance, marketing and human resources. You will discuss current trends, opportunities, and issues that impact on contemporary business and learn to use appropriate communication for the business environment.

Maths & Statistics

This course introduces you to the mathematical concepts required for further studies, particularly in statistics. You will learn to use fundamental arithmetic and algebra to solve problems, and apply statistical processes and concepts including sampling techniques and different forms of presentation.

Science & Society

This unit will provide an introduction to laws, theories and principles of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth, and Environmental Science. In this course, you will investigate different career options within the field of science, develop safe work practices in a laboratory environment and use the process of inquiry to plan, implement and present a research project on an area of interest.

Human Biology

This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of human biology as a foundation for further study in this area. You will develop an understanding of the main body systems and the associated biology, and an awareness and appreciation of the human body in a personal, social and medical context.

Programming

This course introduces you to the basic principles of programming and their use in writing simple programs. You will use the systems development life cycle to write programs combining different data types and programming structures, and learn techniques to test successful outcomes.

25%

4.5

Elective

25%

4.5

Stage 2
Study Load Units

COM1060

Ideas, Innovation and Communication   

This course encourages students to think in new, critical and innovative ways about the world around them and to develop their skills in communicating effectively in both academic and professional environments.

25%

4.5

COMM1065

Professional and Technical Communication   

This course introduces students to a wide range of professional and technical texts, and develops students’ skills in planning, drafting, evaluating and editing both written and visual content.

25%

4.5

COMM1066

Digital Design Essentials   

This course encourages experimentation to create professional multi-faceted print publications, including vector and bitmap artwork, through the use of current industry standard software and technology.

25%

4.5

COMM1006

Communication and Media   

In this course students will be introduced to the fundamental approaches to human communication and to the development, use and role of communication and media technologies in human society.

25%

4.5

LANG1054

Intercultural Communication   

Students will develop their understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity, including that of Aboriginal and other indigenous peoples, and explore its implications for intercultural communication in the contemporary world.

25%

4.5

INFT1014

Introduction to Digital Media   

This course introduces students to the fundamental practice-led research and creative design principles, processes, skills, and media production techniques required for use within and across a variety of digital formats.

25%

4.5

COMM1057

Public Relations Theory and Practice   

This course introduces fundamental theoretical principles and practise underpinning various forms of public communication. It provides an understanding of the political, economic, social and technological context of organisations’ communication approaches, particularly public relations and advertising.

25%

4.5

BEHL1004

Psychology 1B   

Students will be introduced to the history and philosophy of psychology, personality psychology (including theories of personality, methods of assessing personality and individual differences), social psychology (including interpersonal behaviour, attitudes and discourse) and the major theories of human childhood development.

25%

4.5

The Diploma of Arts (Communication) stream is a pathway into the following UniSA degree programs:

B. Social Work

B. Psychological Science

B. Communication and Media

B. Social Sciences (Human Services)

B. Journalism & Professional Writing

B. Education

B. Arts / B. Arts (Performing Arts)