Course Title: Communication Histories and Technologies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication Histories and Technologies

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


335H Applied Communication


Sem 2 2009


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2013,
Viet3 2013,
Viet1 2014,
Viet2 2014,
Viet3 2014,
Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015

Course Coordinator: Mr Terry Johal

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3597

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course COM2411 Communication and Social Relations before you commence this course.

Course Description

In this course you will investigate the uses and applications of communication technologies in terms of their cultural, economic and political significance. You will focus on a range of traditional and digital technologies, analysing them through a number of different frameworks. Guiding questions of the course include: In what ways are technologies always social? How have older technologies adapted to more recent historical conditions and innovations?


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on your discipline in both local and international contexts

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
•discuss a range of major communication technologies, in terms of their histories, practices and significance;
•evaluate how new technologies incorporate traditional practices;
•interpret visual and verbal forms of texts; and
•critically analyse arguments around the relationship of technology and social practices.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning experiences will include interactive lectures, tutorials and group-based activities. There will be both individual and group exercises to further develop ideas based in classes.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Your formal learning activities for this course are made up of a combination of lectures and tutorials. Your lectures will introduce you to important concepts, providing both ideas and case studies. Tutorials are centred around the discussion of these concepts, and also include a variety of skills-based workshops, group work, and a more general opportunity for students to ask questions and explore ideas.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may consist of a range of activities such as essays, assignments, projects, reports and presentations. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods.

You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more. ) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc