COM321 Communication Fieldwork (8)

This subject integrates theory and practice in a professional communication environment, as students relate concepts from their learning to contemporary practice. Students gain insights into issues of personal and professional development and life-long learning in an authentic or professional environment. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 4 weeks (140 hours) professional placement or other relevant fieldwork and engage in a critical reflection of that experience.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM321. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Communication (with specialisation), Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)/Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)/Bachelor of Business Studies, Bachelor of Sport Studies/Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)

Assumed Knowledge

Completed all level 2 specialisation subjects

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to participate independently and effectively as a team member in a practice or work environment to professional standards
  • be able to apply their discipline knowledge and skills in a workplace environment, identifying links between academic learning and practice
  • be able to critically evaluate and apply conceptual and theoretical knowledge to a specific workplace environment
  • be able to evaluate and critically reflect on personal and professional experience from the placement


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Planning and preparing for fieldwork
  • Supervised fieldwork of at least 4 weeks (140 hours)
  • The role of theory in the workplace
  • Contemporary professional knowledge and emergent issues
  • Professional and ethical conduct in organisations
  • Reflecting on the learning from role models and practice situations
  • Principles and practices of lifelong learning

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to engage in at least 4 weeks of supervised activity in a Communication environment or workplace.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.