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.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM321 in Session 1 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 %
Work placement preparation
Inplace profile, pre-placement plan, video report
Evaluation and work placement report

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.

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