COM321 Communication Work Placement (8)

This subject introduces students to the work place as emerging practitioners in their chosen discipline area. Students apply their knowledge and skills practically in completing a relevant industry-based work placement(s) and then reflect on their learning both during their work placement and throughout their degree. Students gain insights into issues of personal and professional development and life-long learning in an authentic or professional environment.


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

Enrolment in this subject is restricted to students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication (with specialisations) [articulated set] course, Bachelor of Communication (Advertising)/Bachelor of Business (Marketing) course, Bachelor of Theatre Media course, or the Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)/Bachelor of Business Studies course.

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have completed all level 2 specialisation subjects in their Bachelor of Communication (with specialisations)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse the components of an effective work placement;
  • be able to synthesise and integrate knowledge from study to perform effectively during a work placement;
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to prepare, complete and submit work placement documentation; and
  • be able to evaluate each work placement in an objective and self-reflexive way.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The role of theory in the workplace
  • Contemporary professional knowledge and emergent issues
  • Professional and ethical conduct in organisations
  • Principles and practices of lifelong learning
  • Understanding work placements
  • Expectations and behaviours during work placements
  • Reflecting on knowledge and work placement experiences

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM321 in Session 3 2020. 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 and pre-placement plan
Work placement report and evaluation form

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to engage in 140 hours of work placement in an approved communication placement or suitable alternate assessment tasks as approved by the subject coordinator and course director.

Special Resources

Students are required to register their workplacement with CSU and have it approved prior to commencing the placement.  Expenses such as travel and accommodation are likely to be incurred by students completing this subject.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.