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 Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineBathurst Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
Session 2
On CampusBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

Completed all level 2 specialisation subjects

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)

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


The 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

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 20 days duration. Students are required to engage in at least 4 weeks of supervised activity in a Communication environment or workplace.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 13 April 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.