ITC510 Online Communities (8)

The popular social networking applications have changed the landscape for communication and the way that we learn and do business. Social software is being adopted for educational and business use and is valuable in supporting new learning and work experiences with the emphasis on collaborative spaces led by blogs, podcasts and wikis.

This subject introduces students to social and technology issues as participants in social networks and various online communities, and provides a focus for discussion and application of social networking within students' workplace environments. Students will explore various cognitive frameworks used in social networks, virual worlds and online communities. Students will learn the principles underpinning the design and building of workgroup specific infrastructures to support successful workflow and human interaction.

This subject requires regular and compulsory student collaboration with others using social networking applications and virtual communities.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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 Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in the ITmasters postgraduate courses in ICT Education only. Students in other courses may seek approval from either the course coordinator, subject coordinator, or the head of the teaching school as appropriate.

Incompatible Subjects

ETL529, ITC213

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

- understand the technology and principles behind effective use of social networking;
- understand the need for a multidisciplinary approach to learning and workflow within social networks and online communities;
- work effectively to develop a collaborative use of social networks;
- demonstrate their understanding of the issues, current models and future trends linked to the personal, business and educational use of social networking ;
- analyse the use of social netwoking in business, government and education; and
- demonstrate their understanding of the processes required to design, build, use and evaluate social network applications, tools, services and online communities.


This subject will cover the following topics:

1. Social Networking
2. Online communities
3. Social intelligence, cognition and identity management
4. Virtual Worlds and Augmented Reality
5. Personal Learning Networks (PLN)
6. Usability, Socialbility and Sustainablity
7. Social Networking Schemas
8. Case Studies in Business and Government
9. Social Networking models and trends
10. Social Network Analysis


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.