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Bachelor of Communication in Journalism (Single Major)

Provided by: Kaplan Higher Education Academy
Awarded by: Murdoch University

Course Introduction

This Major provides students with the journalism skills to operate in the digital era of news, such as practical reporting, writing and producing skills. It investigates the ethical, legal and cultural contexts of the news media, and allows students to learn about the industry and the influence of journalism on society. The programme also bolsters the students’ learning with the practical experience of working in an online newsroom.

In this Degree programme, you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate, you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are essential across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.

Students have the option to enrol in either single or double majors.
 

Curriculum Overview

Core Units
Journalism
Building Enterprise Skills
Consulting and Freelancing
Communication Research
Specialist Communication
Media Law and Ethics
Journalism and Society
Online and Mobile Journalism
Digital Newsroom
Video Journalism
Web Analytics

Students are required to complete the following common units:
  • Career Learning: Managing Your Career —  exempted for 3-year Polytechnic Diploma holders; subject to University’s approval
  • Building Enterprise Skills OR Consulting and Freelancing
Applicants may be required to complete general elective units to fulfil the required credit points.

Year 1 Unit Outline — exempted for private Diploma and Polytechnic Diploma holders subject to the University’s approval

The Year 1 unit outline can be found in the Murdoch University handbook: http://handbook.murdoch.edu.au/
 

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements
Applicants with a Polytechnic Diploma may be exempted from up to 12 units and can gain entry to Year 2 of the programme. Applicants with a Murdoch University-recognised Kaplan Diploma or a private Diploma may be exempted from up to 8 units and can also gain entry to Year 2 of the programme. The programme can be completed in 16 months instead of 28 months and applicants have the option to enrol for either Single or Double Majors.
The Bachelor’s Degree programme accepts a wide range of qualifications with advanced standing.
These include:
  • Polytechnic Diploma
  • Kaplan Diploma
  • Private Diploma, Advanced Diploma, ACCA or other equivalent qualifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants admitted to the Bachelor’s Degree programme may be required to undertake bridging units to fulfil the prerequisite knowledge. In all cases, the final decision on admission to the programme rests with the University.

English Requirement
  • Successful completion of a recognised approved Diploma qualification or higher, where the language of instruction was English, can be considered.
  • International students are required to meet the University’s English language requirement. Click here for more information.

Fees & Funding

Tuition Fees
The total fee covers university registration, lectures/tutorials/workshops and assessments such as assignments/tests/examinations/projects (where applicable), programme materials in digital format, Degree (if earned) and transcript.
For Singaporean/PR
  • Programme Fee:
    • S$20,287.20 (12 units, Single Major) payable in 4 instalments
  • Receive S$400 referral fee when you recommend your friend to enrol in the Degree programme. T&Cs apply.
     
Education Loan
Choice of flexible repayment schemes available to suit your needs
  • Standard Repayment: Pay your monthly instalments (principal and interest) once your loan is disbursed.
  • Partial Repayment: Pay partial instalments for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
  • Interest Servicing: Pay only interest for up to 3 years or till the end of your programme, whichever is earlier. Standard monthly instalments (principal and interest) will commence thereafter.
Flexible repayment tenure of up to 8 years
Please click here for more information on Maybank Education loan and here for OCBC Frank Education loan. T&C apply, subject to bank’s approval.

Non-Tuition Fees
Non-refundable application fees are as follows:
For Singaporean/PR
  • Application Fee: S$192.60
All prices are inclusive of 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST). Please refer to the official price list for a detailed breakdown.
*Note: All fees are subject to change annually. The fees above have been updated and are accurate as of 10 October 2020. For more information about the programme, please contact our course consultant.
 

Study Mode & Duration


Delivery Method
Students will attend a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops in this programme, and they have the flexibility to plan their study schedule and attend classes once or twice a week depending on their study load. Classes are conducted on weekday evenings or weekends to suit the busy schedules of students enrolled in this programme. Each unit is supported with 24 contact hours.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor of Transnational Education & Deputy Dean of Murdoch University are based in Singapore to oversee all academic aspects and ensure a high standard of academic delivery here.

Assessment Methods
Each unit is assessed by any combination of class participation, written assignments, project or examinations. Assessment methods may vary according to individual unit requirements.
 
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