COM112 Digital Media (8)

This subject develops critical digital literacy and key digital skills to enable students to confidently intervene in and create online media. It provides an introduction to the key forces that have shaped the internet and the digital economy, including historical antecedents, and the main theories and developments helpful for describing the internet today. Students will develop some technical skills and begin to produce a complex presentation of their professional identity.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM112. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to navigate and reference existing information on the web;
  • be able to construct and manage a thoughtful and creative professional digital identity;
  • demonstrate skills in digital media production; and
  • be able to recognise and reflect on the risks and opportunities of participation in digital spaces.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • A history: APRAnet, CERN, cyberspace, cyberpunk and the matrix
  • Identity making on the web
  • Memes and information flows
  • Licensing, creative commons, and copyright
  • Major corporations that dominate the internet
  • Sharing economy and collaboration
  • Disruption and the impact of the web on traditional media
  • Online audiences
  • Protest and dissent online
  • The future of digital media

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM112 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
About me
Professional online identity
Learning story

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.