Details for Theory and Practice in Communication

In this subject, students will critically assess models and theories of communication. Students will propose a topic of research on a communication issue and will develop a research approach that will inform and enhance communication practice. 

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: COM701
  • Credit points: 20
  • Subject coordinator: Lily Arasaratnam-Smith


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Theory and Practice in Communication

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of communication issues as framed within communication theory and literature;
  2. Demonstrate an ability to autonomously engage in critical reflection, analysis, and synthesis of specific communication contexts;
  3. Critically assess and apply communication models and theories as they relate to individuals, groups and/or situations;
  4. Propose a topic of research on a communication issue and develop a research approach and display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance communication practice.

Subject Content

  • Research and the social sciences
  • Concepts, constructs, variables and measures
  • Designing valid communication research
  • Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research
  • Ethical considerations
  • Analysis and interpretation

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (Two weeks (not necessarily consecutive): 7 hours per day for 10 days = 70 class hours + 170 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Literature Review (50%)
  • Methodology Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

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