COMS330-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Communication in Context

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course enables students to put their professional knowledge into a broader context of the communication landscape and the wider social landscape. The course will be divided into a series of modules in which different aspects of the context will be studied. Students will develop competence to work in bicultural and global contexts, learn about the responsibilities of a good communication practitioner and be asked to reflect on the kind of role they wish to fill. This course is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication or Graduate Diplomas in Journalism or Strategic Communication. The course cannot be done at a distance as the learning involves in-person discussion and a noho marae.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


30 points COMS 200-level or 60 points BC Schedule V. HoD mandatory.

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
19 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 140
19 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00 Noho Marae
4 Mar - 10 Mar
Field Trip B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00 Noho Marae
4 Mar - 10 Mar

Course Coordinator

Tara Ross


Donald Matheson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Analysis: Ethical module 03 Apr 2024 25% 2500 words 25% of final mark Due date: Friday 1 April, 11.59pm
Reflection: Inclusive comms module 07 May 2024 20% 5-7min video blog
Engagement module 22 May 2024 25% 7-minute group presentation + 1000-word group report Presentation 22 May, report 31 May Team report (written): 15% due on Friday, 12 May, 11:59pm
Attendance & Exercises 20% Attendance + completion of 8 exercises completed before or in each class Completed before or in each class, as stated
Personal Reflection 10 Jun 2024 10% 10% of final mark Due Friday 3 June, 11.59pm

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,875.00

International fee $8,088.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All COMS330 Occurrences

  • COMS330-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024