2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Communication and Media (Honours) | 2018

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Bachelor of Communication and Media (Honours)



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1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

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Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

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If you are doing, or have done particularly well in your Bachelor of Communication and Media degree, you should consider an Honours year. Your Bachelor of Communication and Media degree would have introduced you to a wide range of topics and problems, and an Honours project will enable you to explore one in much greater depth. Honours research topics are various and negotiable. If you are really interested in a topic and want to find answers, you'll be encouraged and supported.

From a potential employer's perspective, your ability to achieve a complex goal, meet deadlines, investigate independently, use resources effectively and write coherently will be highly regarded.
The Honours year has two functions at UOW; as an in-depth project at the end of undergraduate study, and as a bridge between undergraduate study and advanced research. Studying Honours teaches you:

Training in research skills and in information systems (archives, the Library, databases and electronic research networks)
Opportunity to practise articulating complex ideas orally and in writing, experience in working closely with a supervisor on a project and in preparing a major project to meet a deadline
Experience in devising, researching and writing up an individual topic of study in an extended argument or thesis.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Independently plan and execute a research-based project or piece of scholarship that demonstrates in-depth understanding and critical analysis of the areas of Media and Communication;
2 Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate information, problems, concepts and theories;
3 Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions;
4 Apply an advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to independently plan and execute a substantial piece of research.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Communication and Media (Honours), a candidate must successfully complete at least 48 credit points, as outlined below. 

The program consists of 50% coursework and 50% research work. The coursework is divided into two subjects, each worth 12 credit points. The first subject is compulsory for all students - LHA401, The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice; the second coursework subject is a discipline-specific subject. The research component takes the form of a research thesis (24 credit points), devised and completed under the supervision of an academic employed in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts (LHA). Co-supervision may be arranged, with the approval of the Faculty's Honours Coordinator.

The way the honours subject is constituted (i.e. the relationship between thesis and coursework) is determined by individual Programs and/or Schools. Details of the Honours courses offered by different Programs are outlined below.

Full-time students enrol in one 24 credit point subject each session.

Areas of Study

Students may also undertake Joint Honours where two of the areas set out above can be combined or when a discipline from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and Arts is combined with a discipline from another Faculty. Students who are intending to undertake Joint Honours should consult the Faculty Honours Co-ordinator.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Full-time Student
LHA 401 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice 12
Discipline Specific Subject* 12
LHA 480 Thesis (full time) 24
Part-time students enrol in the 12 credit point equivalent each session
LHA 401 The Writer: Critic, Analyst, Voice 12
Discipline Specific Subject* 12
LHA 482 24cp Thesis (Part-time component) 12
LHA 482 24cp Thesis (Part-time component) 12
*Discipline Specific Subject
BCM 470 Bachelor of Communication and Media Honours 12


Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Honours Guide and Code of Practice (Honours)

The Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Honours Guide provides detailed information on all Honours courses and can be accessed from the LHA Honours Programs page.

Students are advised to refer to the following University of Wollongong web site for access to the Code of Practice - Honours.

Grade of Honours

Honours Grades are calculated in accordance with the University's General Course Rules

Other Information

For further information please email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 24 November, 2017