The ability to communicate effectively is essential in many aspects of our lives, but none more so than in the workplace. Improving your communication skills can not only improve your performance in your current professional role, it can help you to progress in your career.
Our Diploma in Professional Communication is specifically tailored to help you improve your communication in a professional setting, including written, spoken and analytical skills. In a rapidly changing world, strong communication skills have never been more important in helping you to future proof your career.
- Up to 4 years part-time
- Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
- Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
- Trimester 3 - Oct 2021
- Guaranteed ATAR: Not applicable
- Commonwealth Supported Place (quotas apply)Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) (Quotas Apply)
An Australian Government subsidised university place, only granted where Commonwealth Supported Places are still available. UNE has a cap on the number of CSP places that can be granted for certain course types and bands.
Tuition fees for international students, i.e. those not Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents.
Why study the Diploma in Professional Communication with UNE?
The Diploma in Professional Communication gives you a solid grounding in the fundamentals of effective communication, while at the same time allowing you to design a course that suits your professional circumstances, or areas in which you feel you can improve.
Our core subjects include public speaking, writing for work, and communicating in culturally diverse contexts. You can also choose from a diverse range of listed units, including (but not limited to):
- Communication for Business
- Language and the Law
- Working with Aboriginal People
- Persuading the Public: Rhetoric in Public Affairs.
What makes our course different?
The subjects in the Diploma of Professional Communications have been assembled from across a range of our bachelor degrees, covering media and communications, arts, law, linguistics and theatre studies. This gives you a broad scope to tailor your diploma to suit your personal needs.
- Learn from lecturers and tutors who have years of industry and/or research experience in the field.
- Choose to study when it suits you. Our degree allows you to fit study around your busy lifestyle, not the other way around, no matter where you are in the world.
- UNE is Australia’s oldest regional university and a pioneer in the delivery of distance education – more than 80% of our students are online.
- We’re highly rated — UNE’s humanities and social sciences courses were given 5-star ratings for Overall Experience, Graduate Salary, Student Support and Teaching Quality in the 2021 Good Universities Guide.
Year after year, students award UNE the maximum 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support, so when you choose to study with us, you are in very good hands.
- COMM103 - Creative Industries and Communications
- MUSI160 - Aural Skills 1
- LING150 - Communication in Culturally Diverse Contexts
- THEA234 - Speaking in Public
- WRIT101 - The Craft of Academic Writing
- WRIT306 - Writing for Work: Styles and Contexts
Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together to build real world networks for the future.
* 24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist your and help you to succeed.
A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).
Fees and scholarships
How much will it cost?
Estimated fees for your first year of study in this course are:
|Commonwealth Supported Place (quotas apply)||$14,500*|
UNE scholarships are open for all to apply and offer financial help while you are studying. If you are commencing your university studies or if you are already a student at UNE, there are a number of scholarships to help you throughout your studies. There are UNE scholarships for students:
- with high academic achievement
- from rural areas
- studying specific degrees
- in disadvantaged groups
- who excel at sport
- living in a UNE residential college.
UNE scholarship applications are free and confidential. You may apply for more than one scholarship.
To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points.
30 credit pointsComplete the following units:
- Creative Industries and Communications (COMM103) – 6 credit points
- Communicating in Culturally Diverse Contexts (LING150) – 6 credit points
- Speaking in Public (THEA234) – 6 credit points
- The Craft of Academic Writing (WRIT101) – 6 credit points
- Writing for Work: Styles and Contexts (WRIT306) – 6 credit points
18 credit pointsComplete 18 credit points from the following units:
- Screen Media (COMM101) – 6 credit points
- Media Convergence and Culture (COMM102) – 6 credit points
- Indigenous Perspectives across Creative Industries (INK101) – 6 credit points
- Bridging Languages and Cultures in the Digital Age (LANG110) – 6 credit points
- Language and the Law (LING244) – 6 credit points
- Communication for Business (MM105) – 6 credit points
- Fundamentals of Marketing (MM110) – 6 credit points
- Aboriginal Resilience and the Arts (OORA100) – 6 credit points
- Working with Aboriginal People (OORA200) – 6 credit points
- Editing Skills and Standards (WRIT313) – 6 credit points
- Persuading the Public: Rhetoric in Public Affairs (WRIT326) – 6 credit points
- Publishing Practice (WRIT329) – 6 credit points
See UNE Handbook for more details. The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course plans, intensive schools, and work placement requirements.
- demonstrate knowledge within communication studies, with depth in some of the themes, concepts, theories, practices and techniques studied in this field;
- demonstrate cognitive and communication skills to identify, analyse, evaluate and synthesise ideas and information from a variety of sources;
- select and use appropriate communication technologies, forms, styles and techniques to investigate problems and present ideas and arguments coherently for specific purposes and intended audiences within a range of professional contexts;
- transfer and apply theoretical concepts to plan and develop project, solve problems and make decisions in a range of professional or further learning situations; and
- demonstrate initiative, judgement and personal responsibility in decision-making and problem-solving while working both in collaboration with others and independently.
- Knowledge of a Discipline
Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills within communication studies and its underlying principles, concepts and methods. Graduate will develop the skills needed to analyse local, national and international media practices, with an understanding of diverse cultural contexts and perspectives.
- Communication Skills
The course develops skills of writing, reading, listening and communication ideas and arguments in diverse genres, contexts and forms.
- Problem Solving
Graduates will be able to solve problems by exercising critical thinking and judgement.
- Information Literacy
Graduates will be able to demonstrate an ability to gather, analyse and evaluate information and ideas from a range of sources.
- Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility
The study of media representations, cultural perspectives and communication ethics provides students with a basis for socially responsible action.
- Lifelong Learning
The attainment of disciplinary knowledge and skills in media and communications provides graduates with the capacity for independent lifelong learning.
- Independence and Collaboration
The course provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply constructive principles of team work and social interaction in diverse social contexts of communication.
When you successfully complete the Diploma in Professional Communication you will have a wide range of knowledge and skills in professional communication, including highly effective written and spoken communication. These capabilities are highly valued by most employers across all industries.
The Diploma in Professional Communication is an ideal precursor to further study, such as a Bachelor of Media and Communications or Bachelor of Arts. You may also receive advanced standing (sometimes called recognition of prior learning) into these degrees, meaning you can complete them sooner.
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