|Semester 1, 2022 Springfield On-campus|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities & Communication|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Course fee schedule :||https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules|
Examiner: Alison Feldman
Governments, industry and not-for-profits all rely on public relations practitioners to deliver their message and to maintain relationships with their publics – this course introduces the student to the key concepts of organisational communication in the modern workplace and teaches the processes used in contemporary communication. Fundamental skills learned through this course include advocacy writing, understanding of public relations campaign planning and the role of public relations across the various sectors. With its practical focus PRL1002 provides the student with the knowledge they need to progress through the major with confidence and begin to plan their entry into the public relations industry.
This course is designed to provide students with a sound foundation of knowledge on the nature of and application of public relations as a business tool. The course provides insights into how public relations works, some of the theoretical and practical models that underpin practice, and examination of the different ways public relations is used by organisations in specialist fields of practice. Topics covered within this foundation public relations course include: definitions of public relations and other key terms and concepts: the importance of internal and external publics; descriptions of core public relations processes; the tools of public relations, and the range of options for public relations specialisations in practice. The student is also introduced to programme design encompassing research, goals, objectives, strategies, tools and tactics and evaluation. Upon successful completion of the course students should be well positioned to continue with the public relations major with a sound foundation in the academic and discipline (or industry) skills required.
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- define and describe public relations;
- explore the foundations of public relations practice and its development to the present day;
- demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by describing and applying the core theories underpinning contemporary public relations practice;
- demonstrate problem-solving skills appropriate to the discipline by integrating those theories into the analysis of a public relations case study;
- identify and differentiate the internal and external publics associated with an organisation;
- identify a range of different areas of practice within public relations
- communicate in writing at a foundational level by planning and submitting an essay that conforms to disciplinary conventions;
- communicate orally at a foundational level by planning and delivering a short oral presentation;
- demonstrate ethical research and inquiry skills by comprehending and applying foundational principles of academic integrity.
|1.||Definitions of Public Relations||5.00|
|2.||The foundations of Public Relations practice||10.00|
|3.||Understanding and integrating core theories||15.00|
|4.||Understanding internal and external publics||8.00|
|5.||Developing the campaign||12.00|
|6.||PR tools: digital communication||10.00|
|7.||PR tools: community engagement||10.00|
|8.||PR tools: crisis communication and issues management||10.00|
|9.||PR tools: events||10.00|
|10.||PR tools: media relations||10.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
PRL1002 This is Public Relations: book of selected readings, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba..
Student workload expectations
To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.