COM538 Communication in Organisations (16)

This subject examines communication in organisations from a range of standpoints. Students apply different models and theories to analyse professional communication, individual communication styles and communication management. Functionalist, interpretive and critical approaches are used to underpin analysis of communication in contemporary organisations. Students develop critical thinking, reflective, analytic and strategic skills through theory-informed observation, case analysis and problem-based learning.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM538. 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

Postgraduate students.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate specialised knowledge of theories and frameworks for analysing interpersonal and professional communication in organisations and other contexts
  • be able to demonstrate ability to critically and systematically assess communication requirements and make high level judgments concerning communication processes in organisations.
  • be able to evaluate organisational communication and construct a strategic communication plan


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Individual and cross cultural communication styles and differences
  • Professional communication in organisations
  • Strategic communication planning and processes
  • Functional, interpretive and critical approaches to understanding and managing communication in organisations
  • Assessing and evaluating communication in organisations

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM538 in Session 1 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 %
Library research skills tutorial
Self awareness and communication competence
Theoretical perspectives
Communicating organisational change

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.