2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Science | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Science



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 751353

Additional Information:

Course Finder

*Students with Advanced Standing may begin in Summer Session if appropriate subjects are available.


The Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies has an international focus and places strong emphasis on research skills. It offers a broad introduction to ways in which new media practices shape our everyday lives, both in the workplace and in our communities. You will gain hands-on experience in the use of the key applications and approaches that are crucial to professional and social communication, supported by the ability to present evidence-based critical analysis of the role played by media and technological innovation in cultural change.

Combining a Science degree with a major in Digital Media and Communication, or Global Media and Communication, will allow you to examine the rise of local and global media industries, audiences and practices, and critique their implications across technology, policy, social and cultural dimensions.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

A number of the course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level.

The outcomes which are common and consolidated in this joint degree ensure that on successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Research and evaluate theoretical and practical knowledge and apply it to different disciplines;
  2. Develop and apply a set of relevant technical skills to specialised area;
  3. Apply problem solving skills to complex issues to produce disciplinary work;
  4. Communicate effectively to a range of audiences.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Handbook page of each individual for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the double degree of Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Science students must complete a minimum of 216 credit points comprised of the following:

  1. LHA 101 Introduction to Arts and Humanities;
  2. The core subjects prescribed for the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies;
  3. At least one of the majors in the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies;
  4. At least one major in the Bachelor of Science
  5. Electives to bring the total credit points to 216, these can be subjects offered by the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts or other faculties.
  6. Not more than 90 credit points in 100-level subjects.

Introduction to Arts and the Humanities

Introduction to Arts and the Humanities (subject code: LHA 101) is a compulsory 6 credit point subject that must be undertaken by each student during their first year, and ideally during their first session. Students will be introduced to key concepts, including critical thinking, digital literacy, academic integrity, effective communication and degree and career planning.

This subject is designed to orient and support students during their first session of university and to provide students with the academic skills necessary to succeed in their first year. The subject will also assist students to understand the structure of their degree, to plan their study pathway and to plan for post-university careers. 


Students can take Minors as part of their double degree program provided they meet the requirements set. Minor studies consist of a minimum of 24 credit points of which at least 12 credit points must be completed at 200-level or higher.

Minors appear on the transcript (academic record), but do not appear on the testamur. To have a minor study recorded, students must declare their minor study by submitting an Application to Declare or Change Intended Major/Minor.

Where a minor is taken from outside of an Arts degree, refer to the requirements prescribed for that minor.

Students can consult with academic advisors in the relevant schools concerning the selection of appropriate subjects.


Honours is an additional year of study that provides training in independent research. Students who complete the double degree with the required standard in the relevant major are encouraged to proceed to the Honours degree in either the Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies (Honours) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours). Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Handbook for further information about these degrees.

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 28 August, 2018