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Level 1

NM1101E Communications, New Media and Society

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module introduces fundamentals of study in communications and new media, exploring ways in which people create and use the variety of emerging networked, mobile, and social media channels to communicate meaning in globalized world. It explores organizational and societal contexts in such areas as games, health, politics, business, public relations, design and activism, with attention paid to creating applications with social impact. Phenomena such as relationships and social life in cyberspace, activism for social change, performance art, deviant behaviour online, communication and community, new business paradigms and economic models of organizing and issues in human-computer interaction are explored in-depth.

Level 2

NM2101 Theories of Communications and New Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2008 and before: Nil.

Cohort 2009 to 2011: Obtain a grade of B– or above in NM1101E Communications, New Media and Society (applicable to students from ALL faculties except School of Computing). Students who fail to meet the B- criterion in NM1101E will have the opportunity to take a department-conducted test, which will act as an alternative prerequisite.

Cohort 2012 and onwards: Nil.
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This is a foundational course introducing students to theories and analytical frameworks essential for understanding developments in communications and new media. Students will be introduced to, amongst others, media effects theory, media representations, semiotics, systems theory, agenda-setting theory and computer-mediated communication.


NM2103 Quantitative Research Methods - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module is to help students understand what quantitative research is (more specifically, how they can develop testable research questions and hypotheses), how to conduct the research and how to interpret the results. It covers fundamental concepts in research design, instrumentation, data collection, and data analysis. This module also introduces basic concepts of statistics such as descriptive statistics, sampling distribution, hypothesis testing. A set of computer lab assignments will give students extensive opportunities to become familiar with the relevant computer software package and experience at computing the various statistics reviewed in the class.


NM2104 Qualitative Communication Research Methods - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module is designed to help students understand what qualitative communication research is, the role it plays in the development of communication theories and applications, and the steps in carrying out qualitative research projects. It covers fundamental concepts in qualitative research design, sampling strategies and protocol development, data collection, data analysis, and evaluation. This module also introduces basic concepts of qualitative methods such as interpretation, meaning making, co-construction, and performance. A set of field-based experiences will be designed to give students opportunities to become familiar with specific forms of qualitative data gathering such as in-depth interviews, focus groups, and ethnography.


NM2201 Intercultural Communication

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module focuses on intercultural and inter-personal communication. Managing intercultural communication in the business context will be emphasised, exploring issues such as ethnocentrism, conflict and negotiation in intercultural settings and the impact of new media on intercultural communication.


NM2203 Social Media in Communication Management - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


The focus of this course is on the dynamics and management of social media and how it has changed communication management, especially in the fields of public relations and advertising. Topics examined include the impact of digital influence, the relationship between traditional and social media, social media trends, pitfalls in the use of social media, management and evaluation of social media, the future of social media and the “internet of things”. This course will also touch on current issues affecting the industry due to the rise of social media and the resultant implications for both industry and society.


NM2209 Social Psychology of New Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-2-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Theories of social psychology can be applied to our understanding of how new media is produced, marketed, resisted, adopted and consumed. This module highlights these key stages in the developmental trajectory of new media and introduces relevant theories, while considering issues such as why some technologies succeed where others fail, how marketers should promote new technology, which services are likely to become tomorrow's killer applications and what goes through the minds of new media adopters.


NM2212 Visual Design - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module provides an introduction to the principles and theories of visual design. Students will be exposed to the history and influences of visual design, and learn to appreciate the principles underlying visual design practice. Upon completing this module, students will be able to analyse, critique, and evaluate visual designs from both an aesthetic and a social and cultural perspective.


NM2213 Human-Computer Interaction Design - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-0-7
Prerequisites: Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This is an introductory module to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) design which involves the study, planning, and design of the interaction between people (users) and computers. This module will cover the basics of relevant issues, theories, and insights about the human side, the technical side, and the interaction (interface) between the two.


NM2216 User Centred Design

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module introduces students to interactive media design from the perspective of users as the purpose for the activity of designing. Topics covered include user-centred design, approaches to understanding users, requirements gathering, visualizing and prototyping design ideas, followed by the evaluation and testing of these ideas. The module will also touch on more advanced issues such as representation and interactivity by exploring the ways in which various fields such as human-computer interaction, computer games, and interactive art and entertainment view users and interactive media design.


NM2219 Principles of Communication Management

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module is designed to introduce students to the field of communication management and to the organizational, societal and legal contexts in which the profession takes place. Emphasis is placed on ethics, social responsibility, the role of mass communication in the formation of public opinion, the role of organizational communication in democracy, the global practices of communication management and major influences that affect organizational behaviour. This is the foundation module for students pursuing careers in communication management.


NM2220 Introduction to Media Writing

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-0-2-3-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This introductory module provides instruction and practice in writing for the mass media, including the Internet. It explores the similarities and differences in writing styles for all mass media and for the professions of journalism, public affairs, public relations, advertising and telecommunications. It emphasizes accuracy, responsibility, clarity and style in presenting information through the various channels of mass communication. It surveys communication theories of various professions that communicate via the mass media, establishing the basis for advanced studies in writing and communication. It helps students acquire the writing skills they need in communication management careers.


NM2301 Persuasive Communication: Theory and Application - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-0-7
Prerequisites: Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module is to help students understand and be able to apply persuasive theories and research to everyday life. It covers different persuasive theories and applications. It scrutinizes the social scientific approaches to persuasion, and analyses language and persuasive symbols, as well as non-verbal persuasion. The module is designed with the emphasis on the application of different theories in designing persuasive messages. The main focus of the module is to understand various theoretical approaches to persuasive message design, cognitive processing such as central and peripheral routes of persuasion, and attitude change.


NM2302 Mobility and New Media - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 1.5-1.5-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module examines the relationship between mobile communications and new media. The first half covers the socio-cultural, political, spatial and economic forms of mobility facilitated and enhanced by new media: the rise of the information economy, digital divides, political mobilisation, cultural globalisation and migration. The second half concentrates on media platforms and devices that give rise to emergent forms of mobile communication and social connection: issues of privacy/publicness, surveillance, immersiveness and information overload that have arisen with the intensifying use of locative media; and possibilities for sociability/intimacy, disembodiment and virtual mobility via identity experimentation.

Level 3

NM3202 Governance and New Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: -
Preclusion(s): NM2202
Cross-listing(s): Nil


New media governance involves collective action by governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and civil society to establish agreements about standards, policies, rules, enforcement mechanisms and dispute resolution procedures. This module examines the process of governance of new media technologies and the challenges it presents to the stakeholders involved. It also examines the legal and regulatory constraints affecting new media technologies and the implications these constraints have on the nature and quality of governance.


NM3203 Copyright and New Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM3880A


This course will introduce students to fundamental principles of copyright law in the field of new media. The module will focus on copyright issues as they apply to content producers confronted with ongoing technological developments in information and communications technologies. It will review copyright issues from a socio-economic, legal and policy perspective, and will cover issues such as fair-use exceptions, the open-source movement, digital rights management and anti-circumvention and peer-to-peer file sharing.


NM3204 E-Learning

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module is designed to help students understand and appreciate the importance of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), and how they can be effectively integrated into educational and organizational settings. It introduces students to practical aspects such as planning, designing, implementation and management of new ICTs in both educational and organizational contexts. The course is mounted for students throughout NUS with interest in the uses and effects of new ICTs.


NM3205 Digital Culture and Art - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-0-6
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


In this module we will explore the creative aspects of emergent media and technologies. They are creative tools with which we shape our culture, community, and personal lives. Students in this module will learn about the strategies and the aesthetic values involved in artistic experiments with new technologies and their relation to visual arts, film studies, visual studies, aesthetics, semiotics, cultural studies and other unique perspectives on contemporary digital culture and arts.


NM3207 Philosophy in Communications and New Media - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-0-7
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module presents a number of foundational philosophical theories, concepts, and perspectives on communications and new media. It will explore some of the historical philosophical precedents regarding the ideas of communication, vision, and representation as such, as well as provide several key philosophies of modern technology. Finally, the module will explore the trajectory of these philosophical ideas into the following areas: conceptions of writing and language, film and television studies, and studies of cybernetics, network, and the Internet.


NM3209 Creating Interactive Media - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-3-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM2217


This module introduces students to interactive media design through the process of creation and reflecting on what has been created.  Through hands-on design work, the study of related readings and works, and the writing of critical reflections, students will learn about relevant design issues that arise for different domains, platforms, and interface modalities. Topics covered include interactive characters, art, games, stories, visualizations, simulations, and exhibits. The module will also touch on current design innovations in interactive media, such as mobile and tablet-based computing, the use of real-time data, robotic toys, as well as voice, touch, and gesture-based interaction.


NM3210 Cybercrime and Society

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-1-6
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This third year module discusses the growing problem of the use of ICTs for illegal activities. Students will learn about threats to information resources - such as hacking, illegal surveillance, identity theft, online fraud, destruction and modification of data, distortion and fabrication of information. They will also learn about countermeasures used by governments and organizations - such as authentication, encryption, auditing, monitoring, intrusion detection, firewalls, and law enforcement surveillance - as well as what are the limitations of those countermeasures. The module will also examine the problem of online obscenity and child pornography. For CNM, FASS and SoC students.


NM3211 News Reporting and Editing

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-0-2-4-2
Prerequisites: NM2220, and Read and pass a minimum of 80 MCs
Preclusion(s): NM2221
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module builds on the skills and knowledge learned about journalistic writing in Introduction to Media Writing. It emphasizes accuracy, responsibility, clarity and style in reporting through the various news media, including online news. Students are expected to learn how to find and present news about issues and events that are relevant to the public and the political process. Students will be presented with real-life type situations where they will have to explore journalism ethics and responsibilities.


NM3213 Digital Humanities - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-0-6
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module will introduce and explore the possibilities of critical practices related to the creative uses of data and visualizations. New methodological approaches in digital humanities and internet research, such as cultural analytics and digital methods, but also design trends related to mashups of web applications, reflect the limits of our abilities to represent and understand various aspects of reality. We will look at these practices as new means of understanding our media and information saturated world.


NM3214 New Media and Science Communication

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


The course will explore the major aspects of the communication of science in public contexts, including the representation of science in the media and the role of science in general culture. The students will be introduced to researching new ways to excite the imagination of the public about science and to encourage informed decisions about scientific issues that will concern people in the 21st century. While writing remains the undeniable focus of this course, the students will have opportunities to develop their speaking and visual design skills in science communication.


NM3215 Advertising Strategies

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): MKT3420 Promotional Management


This module places advertising within the integrated marketing communications (IMC) framework and develops an understanding and appreciation of the role that advertising plays in business organizations in the local and international context. Students will learn about the advertising process, as well as how to plan, implement and control IMC campaigns. In addition, students will learn to recognise the social responsibility as well as ethical implications of advertising in the context of a global community, especially with the advent of new media technologies. The highlight of the module will be the advertising campaign that students will work in groups to develop.


NM3216 Game Design

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-3-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module explores the factors that make a game successful. Students learn how to critically evaluate game development and gain an understanding of the basic elements of gameplay: balancing game mechanics, creating tension between risk and reward, and encouraging replayability. Students also learn how to document a game design using a game design document. The module includes theories of play as well as an introduction to the game industry and the context of game design in the game development process. It also examines the history of gameplay and the different types of games that have developed in different cultures.


NM3217 Design for Strategic Communications

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-0-2-4-2
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module introduces students to the principles of communication design that meet strategic communications objectives and engage the student in communicating effectively through a visual literacy in addition to verbal messaging skills. With emphasis on communication management research and planning, the course is designed to help students understand theories and concepts of visual communication and the design and production processes. The course aims to (1) communicate through visual media used by communications professionals; (2) recognise and apply principles of design in print and online publications; and (3) plan and manage the design process, from initial development to the final product.


NM3219 Writing for Communication Management

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-5-1
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module teaches students to write for internal and external organizational communication vehicles using traditional and new media. These include business proposals, memoranda, backgrounders, position statements, crisis communication plans, stakeholder newsletters, news releases, fact sheets, speeches, persuasive and informative pieces to key publics, annual reports and campaigns. Students will design and execute polished, audience-directed, professional communication pieces intended for traditional and new media. The module involves extensive comprehensive research and writing.


NM3221 Mobile Interaction Design

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-3-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module addresses the growth of mobile computing and the move of computing away from the desktop and into everyday lives, activities, and environments. This change poses a challenge for existing desktop-oriented evaluation methodologies and design practices. Students in this course will explore the theory and practice of such relevant concepts as situatedness, context, and mobile media in the context of designing for mobile platforms. At the end of this course, students will be able to participate in the research agenda of designing for mobile interaction.


NM3222 Interactive Storytelling

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-3-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Interactive storytelling is a new field of research and experimentation with great potential for changing the face of game and new media industries in entertainment and education. The objective of the course is to discuss, in theoretical and abstract terms, basic concepts of interactive storytelling, and explore new perspectives on narrative and narrativity as a "conversation" between the interactive story environment and the user. The course will consider the creative and technical challenges to implementing interactive storytelling within virtual story worlds.


NM3223 Digital and Interactive Imaging

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-4-2
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


The module explores the relationship between digital photography, digital imaging, and interactivity in emerging technological spaces that include mobile devices, networked environments, and new interaction modalities. The module also discusses aesthetic and design theories, concepts, and techniques related to digital imaging, image creation, and user interactions. It will also explore ethical and legal issues that arise in the creation, repurposing, and distribution of digital and interactive images.


NM3224 Culture Industries

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


In leisure and consumer societies, what is the relationship between the producer, their audience, the intermediaries (advertisers, agents, etc), protest groups and regulators? This module will examine, from a cross-cultural perspective, the complex linkages that exist in popular culture industries spread across such mediums as music, computer gaming, IRCs, film and television with such issues as fashion, values, identity, heritage, deviance, subculture and censorship.


NM3225 Critical Approaches to Interactive Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s): NM2218 (the old NM2218 Critical Approaches to Interactive Media)
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module introduces students to the social, cultural, political and the commercial aspects of interactive media as a significant interactive medium of our time. Through experiential learning, interactive media will be presented as a growing area within new media studies. It also teaches students various theories of interactive media and their cultural contexts. The module is aimed at FASS and SoC students interested in interactive media as a social, economic and cultural phenomenon.


NM3226 Location-Based Interactive Experiences

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Designers of interactive digital media are increasingly focusing on issues, concerns, and approaches towards designing for location- and context-specific interactive experiences. This module aims to develop the students’ appreciation of the challenges confronting the design of interactive experiences for sites and contexts that are leisure-based, pleasurable, and recreational. Students will be taught and will utilize skills/methods from the human computer interaction (HCI) development cycle. By the end of this course, students will be able to work in collaborative design teams, conduct independent design research, think critically about designing for site-specific experiences, and develop prototype systems that exemplify location-based interactive experiences.


NM3227 Critical Game Design

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-6-0
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Games and game-like interactive media are increasingly being designed by artists, philosophers, and activists for critical purposes such as getting people to reflect on aspects of their everyday lives, as a means of artistic expression, and as tools for social change. This module will enage students in designing different types of critical games, as well as exploring the social, cultural, and ethical considerations in their wider adoption.


NM3228 Interactive Sequential Art

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-5-1
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Interactive sequential art aims to expand the notion of sequential art, such as comics, friezes, sequential sculptures and tapestries, and explore the unique aesthetics and opportunities for creative expression which arise when telling stories through interactive sequences of images and/or text. The module discusses the concepts of visual storytelling, spatial and temporal relationships, gestalt principles and the issues that arise when dealing with various forms of interactive sequential art. Students will gain hands‐on experience in conceptualizing, drafting, prototyping and analyzing digital and interactive sequential art pieces.


NM3229 Data Visualization

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-5-1
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module will explore the challenges, issues, methods and theories surrounding the fast developing field of data visualization and data journalism. Through the activities and projects in this course, students will learn to gather data from public websites/databases, use appropriate tools to shape and analyze that data, and develop appropriate visualizations of that data. The module focuses on discussions of information and data visualization, visual analytics and communications as well as supports dynamic, real time interactivity. The main goal of the module is to develop data literacy and the ability to use data to communicate to disparate audiences.


NM3231 Physical Interaction Design

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-5-1
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module explores issues that arise in the design of media that involve physical interaction. Such media respond to tactile interaction and are physically embodied in such things as electronic toys, robotic pets, tangible interfaces, and digital textiles. Students will learn explore the factors that distinguish such media, how to critically evaluate them, and how to situate them within a larger theoretical and historical context.


NM3232 Strategic Communication: Concepts - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Effective organizations adopt a strategic approach to communication management. Using case studies, this module will discuss how communication can be a potent strategic tool in enabling organizational objectives through harnessing traditional and emergent media across private, public and non-profit sectors.


NM3233 Strategic Communication: Applications - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM3220 Research for Communication Management


This module introduces students to the principles of strategic communication management with an emphasis on the application of social research to strategic decision making to meet organizational goals and objectives. Built on the theoretical foundation of strategic communications and applied social research, students will learn to evaluate, analyze and monitor research programs, and to design solutions in public, non-profit and for-profit organizations. Emphasis is placed on learning and conducting assessments of organizational need, performing situational analysis, analyzing message design, evaluating media choice, exploring traditional and emerging media tools, and planning effective communication strategies for the respective organizations.


NM3234 Leadership, Organisations and New Media - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-3-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


The module explores the role of communication and new media in effective leadership and organizational strategies. The course introduces students to the communication involved when leaders attempt to influence members to achieve a goal. The module looks at topics including power, credibility, motivation, research on leader traits, styles, and situations within the context of organisations. The module also examines current models of leadership within the frame of new media. The different leadership challenges posed by different groups and organizational types will also be explored.


NM3235 Corporate Social Responsibility: Research and Practice

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM4215 Corporate Social Responsibility: Research And Practice


Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has emerged as a particularly important issue for organizations. Most importantly, public relations and communication professionals are often tasked with leading CSR efforts in organizations and are increasingly expected to develop CSR-related skills. This module examines key issues and debates in CSR in both international and Asian contexts and focuses on the communicative aspects of CSR. Students enrolled in this course will discuss classic and cutting-edge research in CSR and will be able to critically assess CSR issues, practices and communication specific to an organization and craft a strategic plan for CSR.


NM3236 Ethics in Communication Management - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM4201 Ethics in Communication Management


This module introduces students to essential tools for ethical decision-making in communication management through a survey of theory, research, and practice in this area. The seminar addresses psychological theories of moral development, ethical theories in public relations, models of ethical reasoning, professionalism, codes of ethics, ethical strategic management, corporate social responsibility, and the fundamental aspect of ethically managing relationships with stakeholders. It aims to help students recognize and resolve moral issues, develop critical thinking and analytical skills, appreciate the complexities of ethical issues confronting communication management practitioners today, and equip themselves with foundational understanding and awareness of the importance of ethics.


NM3237 Health Communication

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM4880D Health Communications

NM4220 Health Communications


This seminar is designed to introduce students to a wide range of scholarship in health communication. The seminar will address such issues as doctor-patient interactions, illness narratives, cultural understanding of health, social support, and health campaigns, mass media theories, technologically-mediated health delivery, and socially constructed health meanings to offer an insight into developing more meaningful communicative practices of healthcare. With an emphasis on application, the course equips students with a foundational understanding of the ways in which health communication projects can be conceptualized and delivered.


NM3550 Communications & New Media Internship

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3 months at the place of work on full time basis.
Prerequisites: (1) For NM Major only,
(2) Read and pass a minimum of 80 MCs and
(3) Must read INM3550 concurrently.
Preclusion(s): Any other series-internship modules
(Note: Students who change major may not do a second internship in their new major)
Cross-listing(s): Nil


Internships vary in length but all take place within organisations or companies, are vetted and approved by the Communications and New Media Programme, have relevance to the major in NM, involve the application of subject knowledge and theory in reflection upon the work, and are assessed. Available credited internships for each semester will be advertised at the beginning of the semester before. Internships proposed by students will require the approval of the department. Student must apply for and be accepted to work in the company/organization offering the internship for a duration of 6 months (together with INM3550), on full time basis.


INM3550 Extended Internship

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3 months at the place of work on full time basis.
Prerequisites: (1) For NM Major only,
(2) Read and pass a minimum of 80 MCs and
(3) Must read INM3550 concurrently.
Preclusion(s): Any other series-internship modules
(Note: Students who change major may not do a second internship in their new major)
Cross-listing(s): Nil


Internships vary in length but all take place within organisations or companies, are vetted and approved by the Communications and New Media Programme, have relevance to the major in NM, involve the application of subject knowledge and theory in reflection upon the work, and are assessed. Available credited internships for each semester will be advertised at the beginning of the semester before. Internships proposed by students will require the approval of the department. Student must apply for and be accepted to work in the company/organization offering the internship for a duration of 6 months (together with NM3550), on full time basis.

(Note:The MCs for this module will only be counted towards University Elective requirement).


NM3880 Topics in Communication Management

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-1-6
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module deals with specialized topics in Communications and New Media. The topics covered reflect the expertise of staff members of emergining issues in Communications and New Media.

Level 4

NM4102 Advanced Communications & New Media Research

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 3-0-0-2-7.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2007 to 2011:
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM2102 or NM2103 or NM2104.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM2103 Quantitative Research Methods
(3) NM2104 Qualitative Communication Research Methods
Preclusion(s): NM4101
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module is to help honours students conduct independent empirical research using the key social science research methods. Students will learn detailed procedures and executable techniques of selected research methods such as survey research, experimental design, in-depth/focus group interviews, and content analysis. The module adopts a Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach, as students will select their own research topics, develop research questions and hypotheses, and design the structure of research activities including measurement, sampling, data collection, and data analysis. Key issues in each step (e.g., instrument development for multi-dimensional constructs) will be discussed through presentations, Q & As, and lectures. The module focuses more on applications and practices than theories, and explains how different types of data and methods can be used to answer research questions relevant to communications and new media.


NM4202 Transnational Information Producers

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-4.5-5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
Read & passed a minimum of 80 MCs.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(Not applicable to SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non‐language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Transnational information producers are shaping the global Information Society in diverse ways. 'Information' comes in many forms and their production, dissemination and consumption in different socio-political contexts need to be critically analyzed. Students will examine many new trends, issues, practices, power relations, and case studies from different theoretical perspectives. They will critically analyze important phenomena that have 'transnational' dimensions, such as emerging practices of global journalism, global visual cultures, media representations of major events, environmental communication, international political communication, digital public diplomacy, place branding, and transnational business-related communicative practices such as branding, advertising, and consumers' expressions of resistance.


NM4203 Infocomm Technology Policy

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
Read & passed a minimum of 80 MCs.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(Not applicable to SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module examines public policies and the regulation of information and communication technologies in Singapore and its Asian neighbors as well as in Europe, Australia, African nations and the Americas. Its aim is to help students understand the legal, political, and cultural foundations of policymaking. The module will examine various nations' selected ICT policies and the impact those policies can have on technological growth and innovation, e-commerce, and society at large.


NM4204 Ethical Issues in Emergent Technologies

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-2-7.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
Read & passed a minimum of 80 MCs.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(Not applicable to SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module will explore the prime ethical issues in an age where new media technologies are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. Central topics addressed will be privacy, surveillance, access, censorship, hacking, intellectual property, mediated identity, and digital rights. The question of how the concept of ethics has changed in the advent of the information society through humanist notions of technological instrumentalism, justice and dignity, and democracy, will be tackled as well. Through a strong focus on critical thinking, students will learn to engage with ethical ambivalences and controversies around everyday new media practices, as well as around the larger impact of communications processes and information technologies on society as a whole.


NM4206 Media and Communications Regulation

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-2-7.5
Prerequisites:

Cohort 2006 and before:
Read & passed a minimum of 80 MCs.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(Not applicable to SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This honours year module will examine basic legal principles as they apply to the Internet. It will cover issues such as jurisdiction, criminal aspects of Internet law, copyright, trademarks, domain names, cybersquatting, privacy and security as well as the regulation of e-commerce. The course will also deal with the issues of content regulation and censorship. Students will have an opportunity to explore what are the global implications of regulating the Internet and will also learn how to read and analyze court cases.


NM4207 Managing Communication Campaigns

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-5-4.5
Prerequisites:  Cohort 2007 onwards:
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of  3.5 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM3219.
(3) NM3220 or NM3232 or NM3233.
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Managing Communication Campaigns is the capstone module of the communication management sequence. It is designed to strengthen advanced students' understanding of communication management principles and to provide opportunities for practical application of those principles to public relations problems or opportunities facing local or global organisations. It provides guided practice in conducting situational research, case studies and environmental scanning, formulating strategies to meet communication objectives, providing collateral materials designed to meet those objectives, evaluating communication effectiveness, and tracking and managing issues that can impact an organisation or its publics.


NM4208 Designing for an Integrated Communications Environment

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 1-0-3-4-4.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs.
(2) NM2220 and NM3217.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM3217.
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


In our world where audiences demand instant and varied channels of information, this course navigates students in messaging and production through print and multimedia platforms. It expands on communication design skills acquired in NM3217 Design for Strategic Communications and focuses on creating multi-page public relations publications, especially through the use of digital and interactive technologies. The course helps students in: communicating effectively through research and strategy; applying and packaging communication messages and design across print through interactive publications; mastering the planning, preparation and management of the design workflow; and developing an appreciation for visual literacy.


NM4209 Advanced Game Design

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-4-5.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs.
(2) NM3216.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(2) Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Building on the concepts covered in NM3216 Game Design, this module looks in detail at the issues involved in designing and developing computer games. Students will be exposed to the latest academic research in the areas of game design theory and critical game studies. Students will also gain hands-on experience with game design, development and project management through project-based learning, which will expose them to the various skills and responsibilities required within a commercial game development project.


NM4210 User Experience Design

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-3-6.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs.
(2) NM2216 or CS3240 or CS3248.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(1) Completed 80 MCs , including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(2) Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module introduces the concept of user experience design and its importance in the networked economy. User experience is a term used to describe the overall quality of experience a person has when interacting with a product or a system. It most commonly refers to e-commerce, but it also applies to the outcome of user interaction with any product/system/environment. This module will also introduce concepts in user-centric design, desirability, affordance (real and perceived), emotion design and related concepts in anthropology, psychology, computer science, management, marketing, and semiotics.


NM4211 Online Journalism

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-4-5.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2007 onwards:
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM3211 News Reporting and Editing.
Preclusion(s): NM4880B
Cross-listing(s): Nil


Online Journalism is an advanced course in news reporting and editing with components of newsroom management. Students will continue honing their investigatory, research, interviewing, writing, editing and website development skills. Emphasis will be placed on developing news coverage and beats for an online newspaper to be published by the end of the semester. Module objectives are to help students to: master journalistic standards of writing; master global journalistic conventions; learn and adhere to the highest journalistic ethics and local media laws; hone their writing and editing skills; develop sustainable beats and coverage areas; and develop a sustainable online newspaper.


NM4212 Media and Representation

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-2-7.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs. 
(2) NM2101

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track. 
(2) NM2101
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module examines a set of key issues in connection with the understanding and analysis of representations of family, class, gender, ethnicity, politics, national identity, citizenship and technology from the broad perspective of new media studies. It explores the idea of representation from various angles, notably through contemporary cultural, post-colonial, feminist, and social semiotic theories and frameworks. The course aims to provide students the necessary practical knowledge and skills required for engaging in theoretically informed media analysis and commentaries. The module will use diverse materials such as various genres of (online) texts, images, cartoons, and films for hands-on exercises to attain this objective.


NM4213 Digital Economies

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 3-0-0-2-7.5
Prerequisites:

Cohort 2006 and before:
Read & passed a minimum of 80 MCs.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(Not applicable to SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s): NM3206
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This course will help students understand the concept of a digital economy and the ways in which ideas and their various expressions in new media formats are produced, communicated and exchanged in this knowledge-based economy. The module examines the main features of digital economies, presents historical perspectives on their birth and evolution, and reviews some contemporary themes, such as the debates on intellectual property and digital piracy, the appearance of commons-based and open-source models of production, issues of access to and governance of key economic resources, and the challenges posed by electronic distribution and the virtual economies of online games.


NM4217 Advance Communication Campaigns

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-5-4.5
Prerequisites:

Cohort 2006 and before:
NM4207 Managing Communication Campaigns.

Cohort 2007 onwards:
(Not applicable to SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This course will help students to builds up knowledge and skills attained in NM4207 Managing Communication Campaigns. It is designed to further strengthen students’ understanding of communication management principles and to provide greater opportunities for practical application of those principles to public relations problems or opportunities facing local or global organisations. Students will use critical feedback to improve upon a campaign plan developed in NM4207 and then learn how to implement that plan for an ethical campaign. The module provides guided practice in (1) managing relationships with media professionals and key community leaders, (2) producing collateral materials designed to achieve strategic communication objectives and (3) conducting research to evaluate effectiveness in achieving those objectives.


NM4218 Knowledge Mgmt: Approaches & Critique

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 3-0-0-2-7.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
Read & passed a minimum of 80 MCs

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(Not applicable to SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


The module will attempt to provide students a basic and foundational understanding of the concept of Knowledge Management from management, historical, philosophical and political economy perspectives. It will explore the idea of Knowledge Management in theory and practice and offer critical perspectives along with an analysis of widely discussed case studies.


NM4219 New Media in Health Communication - New Module

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-4-0-4-4.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs

Cohort 2007 onwards:

Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module examines the impact of new media content in health communication, particularly theories and concepts about health behavior outcomes, and strategic use of media channels for interventions in an environment of user-generated media and blogs. It examines the implications for public health of profound changes in the media marketplace, including the shift from unidirectional, expert-controlled communication to consumer-initiated and interactive communication; the growth of social networking, and the proliferation of media sources. It focuses on how new media can be leveraged to build grassroots engagement, promote policy advocacy, and build environments that are supportive of healthy behavior change.


NM4221 Writing for Health Communication and New Media

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-7-2.5
Prerequisites:

Cohort 2006 and before:
Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs.

Cohort 2007 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module introduces students to writing for health communication. Creating effective health messages is a critical process that equips the public with essential information to respond appropriately to health issues. Increasingly, health communicators are addressing audiences on new media platforms, using techniques that have transformed traditional writing practices. This advanced writing seminar will explicate the task of writing strategic health messages using new media. By the end of this course, students will know to write and design effective messages for health promotion and interventions.


NM4223 New Media and Organizations

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module provides students with a broad understanding of organizational communication. It will examine the process of communication as individuals work, collaborate, build relationships, and influence each other within organizations. It will also explore the impact that new media has on communicative processes within organizations. In this module, “organizations” include corporations, governments, non-profit organizations, religious groups, social movements, political parties, universities, communities, and families.


NM4224 Sound and Interaction

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 3-0-0-4.5-5
Prerequisites:

Cohort 2006 and before:
Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs.

Cohort 2007 onwards:
(Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


In this course we will develop an understanding of how sound works and can be designed to support the communication of information and of meaning. Topics to be covered include the psychology of sound, sound ecologies, sonifications of data, the use of sound in storytelling media such as film and games, the design of sonified objects, synthetic and algorithmic processes, bodilyinteraction, sonic art, and media support for live sound and music collaboration. We will also develop skills with computational tools and systems in order to create and deliver effectiveinteractive media based on or including sound.


NM4225 Design Fiction

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 3-0-0-6.5-3
Prerequisites:

Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs
(2) NM3216

Cohort 2007 onwards:
(Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(2) Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


The module introduces, discusses and evaluates various techniques of design thinking and exploration related to emergent technologies and near future scenarios. Critical and speculative design practices, such as design fiction, action research and various community-based technology and citizen science initiatives reflect upon new technologies through prototyping, storytelling, employing scenarios. They bring a convergence between the philosophical modes of inquiry and design practices serving several functions: from opening a public debate about the social, cultural and ethical impact of emerging and future technologies to exploring alternative futures and involving various actors and stakeholders in the decision making related to various technologies.


NM4226 HCI and Interactive Arts/Entertainment Design

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 3-0-0-5.5-4
Prerequisites:

Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs

Cohort 2007 onwards:
(Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(2) Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Interactive entertainment, interactive art, and human-computer interaction (HCI) design all deal with the ways in which people interact with technology. They do so, however, from very different and often contradictory perspectives. This module explores the tensions at the intersection of there related approaches to thinking about, designing, and analyzing interactive media. Issues will be explored through a combination of case studies, theoretical discussions, and project work situated at the intersection of entertainment, art and HCI.


NM4227 Playable Art

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-3-6.5
Prerequisites:

Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs

Cohort 2007 onwards:
(Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This is an advanced module that explores the intersection of art, creativity and play. Students will learn about relevant modes of play, approaches to user-generated content, design issues and challenges, types of player-driven popular art practice. They will also learn about the "Indie art games' movement and innovations in the development of art-related, casual game mechanics. Readings will come from play theory, cultural analysis and art history. The module also includes a studio component that involves the ethnographic analysis of an art game as well as the design of an original work of playable art.


NM4228 Crisis Communication - New Module

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-5-4.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs

Cohort 2007 onwards:

Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module, which focuses on crisis communication and management of traditional and new media, emphasizes application of theories, strategies and tactics from a communication management perspective. Students will learn the fundamentals about how organizations and corporations manage and communicate during crises. Students will develop an understanding of crisis communications theory, types of crisis, crisis communications plans, and crisis responses. The module will focus on effective communicative approaches to emphasize renewal, growth and opportunity in crises including rumors and cybercrises, natural disasters, product failure and product tampering, environmental crises and consumer-caused crises.


NM4229 Cultural Communication and Creative Expression - New Module

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-5-4.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2007 onwards:
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


The module focuses on the blurring of boundaries between forms, modes, and methods of communication through the emergence of new media. Drawing on the cultural heritage of selected Asian societies, through art, architecture and oral narratives, students will re-interpret these cultural text and meanings to exhibit them in new media forms. In this sense then, new media not only offer opportunities for convergence and integration across various forms of expression, but they also fundamentally reshape our understanding of communication. Students will showcase traditional cultural communication through digital archives, a cloud museum, blogs and design online experiential books, digital performance, and digital art.


NM4401 Honours Thesis

Modular credits: 15
Workload: 0-0-0-0-37.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) NM4101 or NM4102;
(2) Complete at least 100 MCs including 56 MCs of NM major requirements and
(3) Obtain one of the following minimum standards at the point of registration:
(a) minimum CAP of 4.0 or
(b) minimum SJAP of 4.0 and CAP of 3.5

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(1) To read the thesis, students must declare an Honours track of which they must have completed 110 MCs, including 60 MCs in the major.
(2) Read & pass NM4102;
(3) Obtain the minimum standards at the point of registration:
Minimum SJAP of 4.0 and CAP of 3.5
Preclusion(s): NM4660
Cross-listing(s): Nil


Each student is required to conduct an independent research project on an approved topic under the supervision of a faculty member. The student may select a topic in any field of Communications and New Media. The topic may entail a technical aspect of Communications and New Media or an aspect which explores the application of Communications and New Media to an area of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The project will be submitted as an Honours Thesis. Requirements for the Honours Thesis can be viewed here.


NM4660 Independent Study *

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-0-0-0-12.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
To be offered subject to the agreement of the Supervisor and Department. Complete at least 100 MCs including 56 MCs of major requirements and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.2. 

Cohort 2007 onwards:

To be offered subject to the agreement of the Supervisor and Department. Complete at least 100 MCs including 56 MCs of major requirements and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.2.
Preclusion(s): NM4401
Cross-listing(s): Nil


The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic within the discipline in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head's and Honours Coordinator's approval of the written agreement are required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval. Please refer to the CNM General Office for a copy of the written agreement form.

*Note :
NM4660 is offered in Semester 1 & 2, and it is not for CORS bidding. Once the student has submitted the NM4660 study contract to the CNM General Office by the stipulated deadline at the start of the semester, NM4660 will be pre-allocated at 1 bidding point.


NM4881A Topics in Media Studies: Social Media

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-4-5.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
Read & passed a minimum of 80 MCs.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Social media is everywhere and is affecting many aspects of social, cultural, economic and political life. This module will allow students to explore advanced topics in the design, communication and impact of social media, while also encouraging them to experiment with real social media platforms before and during each class. There is no need for prior experience with social media or social network sites to successfully complete this module. The emphasis will be on the analysis of contemporary social media practice and the design of social media platforms. The pedagogical focus will be on learning by doing and theory-informed design.


NM4882A Special Topics: Playable Worlds

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-3-6.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(Not applicable to SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.5.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module will explore issues arising from play, creativity, and expressive political possibilities within online virtual worlds. The module begins with an introduction to modes of play, from open-ended sandbox play, to modifications of existing games, to formal play elements. Readings from play and gender studies, political philosophy and art history inform this module. Questions to be addressed include how multiplayer game communities enable and disable diversity and identity experimentation, how the materiality of making virtual play objects unfolds and circulates, and whether “serious” games escape the magic circle of play and enter the Real World.


NM4883 Topics in Communication Management

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-4-5.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2006 and before:
(1) Read and passed a minimum of 80 MCs (2) NM2219.

Cohort 2007 onwards:

(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM2219.
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Topics in Communication Management introduces special, advanced or rotating topics currently not included in the regular communication management curriculum, or builds on the basic modules in the communication management area. Topics in this module offer instruction in the various specializations of the communication management field, more advanced instruction on the topics/issues covered in the current modules, and/or research, discussion and analysis of issues of current interest in the field of communication management.


NM4883B Ethnomethodology for New Media - New Module

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-2-7.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2007 onwards:
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Topics in Communication Management introduces special, advanced or rotating topics currently not included in the regular communication management curriculum, or builds on the basic modules in the communication management area. Topics in this module offer instruction in the various specializations of the communication management field, more advanced instruction on the topics/issues covered in the current modules, and/or research, discussion and analysis of issues of current interest in the field of communication management.


XFA4403 CNM Integrated Honours Thesis

Modular credits: 15
Workload: 0-0-0-0-37.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2007 onwards:
(1) Be in the CNM/Business Double Degree;
(2) Have completed 110 MCs, including 60 MCs in CNM;
(3) Read & pass NM; and
(4) Obtain one of the following minimium standards at the point of registration for this module: minimum SJAP of 4.0 and CAP of 3.5
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM4660 Independent Study


This module allows CNM/Business double degree students to write an honours thesis that integrates their two areas of study - Communications and New Media and Business. Students taking this module must conduct an independent research project on an approved topic under the supervision of two faculty members.

Level 5

NM5201 State and Civil Society in the Information Age

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module will expose students to advanced topics in state-society relationship and governance within the context of rapid changes in information and communication technologies (ICTs). It addresses how the notions of 'community', 'citizenship', and 'democracy' have been changed by the creation of a transnational public sphere due to ICTs. The module will also address how the emergence of an informational economy changes the role of the state, especially in terms of preparing society for the challenges ahead. Works of John Urry, Manuel Castells, Bob Jessop, Frank Webster and David Lyon, among others, will be discussed and critiqued.


NM5204 Computer-Mediated Environments

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This course is designed to help students explore current issues related to Computer-Mediated Environments (CMEs) such as online communities, virtual organizations, e-learning communities, virtual reality, etc. Students will critically analyze theories and conceptualize the impacts of ICTs on the way people communicate, work, socialize, play, and learn in CMEs. Students will review theories, models, and empirical studies on various topics such as social identity, Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC), online community, Computer-Mediated social networks and social capital, human computer interactions, and online collaboration in business and education.


NM5205 Cognition and Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This course will introduce important theories on how people process information from the media and how media affects individuals. Based on empirical social science research, this course will examine the effects of mass media on user's cognition, attitude, and behaviour. While the focus of the course will be on how media, both traditional and new media, affects individual users, the effects of mass media on groups and society will also be discussed.


NM5206 Emerging Media Interaction Design

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Concentrates on issues related to, and methods for, the design and analysis of emerging interactive digital media with focus on a human-computer interaction (HCI) perspective. It provides students with knowledge and skills to compare, critique and apply traditional and emerging methodologies with focus on user-centered design, experience-centered design and activity-centered design The module explores technological developments and trends in interactive digital media supporting a variety of activities—from entertainment, education, artistic creation, communication, mobile to work-related—and provides an appreciation of the impact of interactive digital media over individual, societal and cultural activities, and how our social and cultural environment and activities can inform design.


NM5207 ICTs and Development

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module examines the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in shaping economic transformation and enhancing development communication in the context of developing countries from a comparative angle. It addresses important concerns such as poverty, gender, social exclusion, digital divide, governance, development policy etc. in a multidisciplinary perspective of political economy, development communication and economic sociology. The module will also expose students to major eva luation techniques and methods in assessing the costs, benefits and impacts of ICT-based development projects.


NM5209 New Media Arts

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This course will cover major artistic threads, such as networked art, that involve large numbers of geographically distributed participants, large-scale public works as well as virtual and augmented reality works that blur the distinction between real-world and synthetic information. The course will focus on interactive works where media consumers participate in creating their own artistic experience. It will also cover the historical development of ideas, put them into a social context and examine contemporary critical reflections about art. A hands-on component will allow students to experiment with creating interactive works. The course will culminate in the study of several works by some of the most important emerging new media artists.


NM5210 Interactive Media Design Research
(Formerly known as NM5210 Critical Interactive Media Design Issues)

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module will introduce different structural models of mind, media, computation, and design. The main focus of this module is to use such models as the basis for research into the identification, creation, articulation, and application of design knowledge for interactive media. This will involve research projects that require students to work on interactive digital media research problems, identify related work, and propose solutions that highlight original design knowledge developed for solving the problems. The module is designed for arts and humanities students and does not assume any previous experience in computer or cognitive science.


NM5211 Serious Games & Learning Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-0-1-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


New and emerging media, interactive digital media, games and serious games for learning are being used to inform, educate, train, persuade, influence and change. Their immediacy, accessibility and portability could complement existing teaching tools, methods and resources, and do so economically, reaching students in all communities, including the underrepresented and underprivileged. This module will provide an appreciation of the increasing emergence of interactive learning media, games and serious games for purpose, the current trends in their development and use, and the social, cultural and ethical considerations in their wide adoption.


NM5212 Theories Of Public Relations

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module provides a survey of public affairs/issues management and communication management theories with an emphasis on strategic issues, cross-cultural perspectives, and critical analyses. The course examines how communication management theories are related to other areas of the communication discipline with emphasis on organizational, mass, and international communication as well as rhetoric, persuasion and social movements.


NM5214 Interactive Media to Support Participation

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module aims to connect philosophy and design, STS (Science Technology Society studies) and HCI (Human Computer Interaction). STS can improve our design practices vis-à-vis ecological, economic and political crises by bringing a different understanding of the stakeholders’ perspectives and provide a more informed discussion about the possibilities and the limits we face in our complex society. Design practices, on the other hand, provide a much needed experimental method and framework for humanities and social sciences to understand the conceptual conundrum of actor-networks, various ideas of flows, spheres, agency and materiality.


NM5215 Design Knowledge for Interactive Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-6-1
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module explores how a designer of interactive media acquires, integrates, articulates,and shares design knowledge and skills forinteractive media design. Students will learn about different design methods, techniques, and formalisms. The module will involve an interactive media project for which students will identify and articulate design knowledge – and then evaluate the result of using that design knowledge. In addition, the concepts of design knowledge, design methods, and design thinking will be critically examined.


NM5216 Culture, Communication & Health

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Culture, Communication & Health explores the intersection of culture, communication and health, and seeks to understand health communication from cross cultural perspectives. It is organized around answering the fundamental questions: “How does culture impact communication about health and illness? How do communicative practices vary across cultures?”


NM5217 Designing for Prosocial Behavior - New Module

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 3-0-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Prosocial behavior describes actions intended to benefit another individual or group of individuals. From collaborative editing tools like wikis to video sharing environments like YouTube, there are many computing applications and online spaces that rely on prosocial user behavior. The focus of this course is developing designs for computational applications/interventions to motivate prosocial behavior. Through readings, discussion, and design work, students will learn theories about prosociality from the social sciences and apply them in the design of systems that encourage prosocial behavior. The course will consist of readings, discussion, and groupwork focused on the development of mockups and functional prototypes.


NM5660 Independent Study

Modular credits: 4
Workload: Minimum 10 hours per week. The precise breakdown of contact hours, assignment and preparation is to be worked out between the lecturer and the student, subject to Department approval.
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Independent research plays an important role in graduate education. The Independent Study Module is designed to enable the student to explore an approved topic in Communications and New Media in depth. The student should approach a lecturer to work out an agreed topic, readings, and assignments for the module. A formal, written agreement is to be drawn up, giving a clear account of the topic, programme of study, assignments, evaluation, and other pertinent details. Head's and/or Graduate Coordinator's approval of the written agreement is required. Regular meetings and reports are expected. Evaluation is based on 100% Continuous Assessment and must be worked out between the student and the lecturer prior to seeking departmental approval.


NM5881 Topics in Media Studies

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Topics in Media Studies introduce special, advanced or rotating topics currently not included in the graduate-level Communications and New Media curriculum. Topics in this module offer instruction in the various specializations  of the media studies field, more advanced instruction on the basic theories and knowledge covered in the current modules, and/or research, discussion and analysis of issues of current interest in the field of media studies.


NM5882 Topics in Interactive Media Design

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Topics in Interactive Media Design introduces special, advanced or rotating topics currently not included in the graduate-level Communications and New Media curriculum. Topics in this module offer instruction in the various specializations of the interactive media design field, more advanced instruction on the basic skills and knowledge covered in the current modules, and/or research, discussion and analysis of issues of current interest in the field of interactive media design.


NM5883 Topics in Communication Management

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-4-3
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


Topics in Communication Management introduces special, advanced or rotating topics currently not included in the graduate-level Communications and New Media curriculum, or builds on the basic modules in the communication management sequence. Topics in this module offer instruction in the various specializations of the communication management field, more advanced instruction on the skills and knowledge covered in the current modules, and/or research, discussion and analysis of issues of current interest in the field of communication management.

GEM

GEM1036 Globalisation and New Media

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): Nil


This module offers students an introduction into the role of new communication technologies in the context of globalization. We will explore various aspects of global communication flows including the global reach of new media and its consequences, global and transnational timesharing and workflows, the role of new media in global and local politics, and the potential of new and traditional communication channels in the context of various forms of activism and communication for social change. The role of culture in global communication and ways in which cultural processes shape and are shaped by the landscape of globalization will be emphasized.


GEM2027 Introduction to Public Speaking

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 1-2-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM4200 Introduction to Public Speaking


This module prepares students to be effective and efficient public speakers. It offers an overview of the theories of oral communication and public speaking, with particular emphasis on the practical aspects of researching, organizing and presenting speeches. It looks into adapting evidence, language, visual aids and other message characteristics for strategic communication to designated audiences. It emphasizes principles and methods of selected forms of public speaking for various purposes, audiences and contexts and includes practice in the critical analysis of speeches.

NM Recognized

Recognised Modules from other Departments w.e.f AY2005-2006


Level 2000

HY2251 From the Wheel to the Web

SC2214 Mass Media and Culture

SN2251 The Information Revolution in India.


Level 3000

HY3223 Technology & Culture in the Asia-Pacific

HY3230 American Business: From Industrial Revolution to the Web

JS3225 Japanese Mass Media

MUA3274 Sonic Environments (NEW!) (module offered by Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music)

PS3243 Organisational Behaviour in Public Sector

SC3211 Science, Technology and Society

SC3213 Ethnographic Analysis of Visual Media


Level 4000

PH2203 Issues in Moral Philosophy

PS4212 International Politics of Communication

SoC

Approved School of Computing Modules

Note: Students are strongly urged to take IT1001 and IT1002 during their first year of study to access higher level SoC elective modules in subsequent years. IT1001 and IT1002 cannot be counted towards the CNM graduation requirements, but they can be used to fulfil your breadth requirement, or for a minor in SoC. Please be aware that IT1001 precludes GEK1511.

SoC Course Descriptions
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Level 2000

IT2001 Network Technology and Applications

IT2002 Database Technology and Management


Level 3000

CS3240 Human-Computer Interaction

IS3243 Technology Strategy and Management

IS3101 Management of Information Systems


Level 4000

IS4225 Strategic IS Planning

IS4234 Control and Audit of Information Systems

IS4260 E-Commerce Business Models

CS4343 Game Development Project

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