COM715 Dissertation/Portfolio in Communication PT (128)

The research subject for the Doctor of Communication. This subject requires the candidate to carry out a series of investigations on a topic within the professional field of communication selected by the student in conjunction with the student's supervisors. The results of these investigations will be written up as a Dissertation or a Portfolio of research cases and exegesis and presented for examination.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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



8 sessions (maximum)


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Enrolment restricted to candidates enrolled in the Doctor of Communication.

Assumed Knowledge
COM710 and COM711 and COM712 and COM713

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • The results of each candidate's research shall be presented as a Dissertation or a Portfolio of three research cases and exegesis which along with coursework will be the basis of assessment for the awarding of the degree
  • The research program will be examined by two examiners who shall examine the projets according to the following criteria:
  • the candidates understanding of the fold of study
  • the originality of the work embodied in the research projects
  • the significance of the research projects as a contribution to knowledge in the field of study
  • the adequacy of the research methodology
  • the worthiness of the research findings for publication.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • a series of investigations within the professional field of communication of the candidate
  • a series of three related research areas written up as research projects
  • a Portfolio and exegesis based on the research projects presented in written form for examination

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.