COM713 Communication in Practice (16)


This subject explores the detailed practice of the student’s field, whether the construction of news stories or advertisements, the gestation of performance or the creation and dissemination of organisational communication, for example. The emphasis is on understanding how communication practice is organised and constructed, its points of similarity and divergence from comparable practices or similar societies, past or present. The focus here is on the individual or team producing the communicative or creative work.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to students in the Doctor of Communication

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to compare and contrast practices over time or space
  • be able to critically evaluate assumptions about practice
  • be able to consider and apply a range of practices relevant to the student's research project, with rationale for selection
  • be able to identify shortcomings, developments, opportunities in current professional practice and suggest how student's research project would address such issues


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Research methods for understanding professional practice, including participant observation and other ethnographic methods, as appropriate
  • The evolution of practice in the student's field, with critical examination of hidden assumptions
  • The relevance of selected practices for the student's research project


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.