NM1101E Communications, New Media and Society

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM1101X or NM1101FC


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.

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‚Äď 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 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 

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 

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

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 ‚Äúinternet of things‚ÄĚ. 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.

 

NM2207 Computational Media Literacy

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-4-2
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusions/Cross-listing(s): CS1010*

Communication (and most scientific and corporate endeavours today) is deeply entwined with the world of computing. From social media to public relations campaigns, from game design to website layout, from business decision‚Äźmaking to news, from democratic participation to interactive art ‚Äď the ability to understand and make creative use of computational media is of fundamental importance. This module is a hands‚Äźon introduction to essential concepts in computational media including internet architecture, mediated communication, interactive systems, animation, visualization, big data, and creative design. JavaScript and other common technologies that power the web are introduced to empower non‚Äźprogrammers to explore these concepts independently.

 

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.


NM2213 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Design

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.


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.


NM2302 Mobility and New Media 

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.

 

NM2303 Fake News, Lies and Spin: How to Sift Fact from Fiction 

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


This module aims to teach students to critically evaluate and analyse relevant public relations and news reports. It will teach students to identify and critique fake news, ‚Äúalternative facts‚ÄĚ and spin in news reporting and public relations. Students will learn fundamental concepts, theories, and analytical strategies for evaluating and verifying news and PR content and sources. They will hone their fact-checking skills by analysing media information in fake news, fake experts, public relation tactics, infotainment, hoaxes, click bait, spin, and bias.

NM3205 Digital Media Cultures

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

Digital media is dominating and transforming twenty-first century culture and society. This module introduces students to the origins and impact of these changes, and explores the nexus between media, culture and society in the digital age. It examines the developments in digital transformation and its implications on everyday life, with emphasis on media/cultural industries, connective media, new media art and design, civil society and public cultures. It gives students an understanding of how digital media and culture are being transformed by networks, convergence and algorithms, and the training to approach and make use of digital media critically, creatively and productively. 


NM3210 Cybercrime and Copyright

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-3-0-2-5
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM3203 Copyright and New Media
‚ÄčNM3880A Copyright and New Media

This course explores two significant topics impacted by technology. Illegal activities online generate threats to information resources, and pose serious risks to national, economic, organizational and personal security. Students will learn topics like hacking, identity theft, cyberterrorism, child pornography, among others. As well as legal and technical countermeasures used by governments and organisations. Also, introduces students to fundamental principles of copyright law and its adjustments facing technology. It will review copyright issues from a socio‚Äźeconomic, legal and policy perspective, and will cover issues such as fair‚Äźuse exceptions, the open‚Äźsource movement, digital rights management and anti‚Äźcircumvention and peer‚Äźto peer file sharing.


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 emphasises 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.

 
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 Principles of Communication Design

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-0-2-4-2
Prerequisites: Nil
Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM2208 Principles of Visual Communication

This module examines the principles of communication design. Students will tap into the various domains of visual communication theories and concepts of visual communication, and communication design and production processes. The course is designed to aid students in examining how visuals can come to influence our understanding and perspectives of communication. Students will explore how one can communication through visual media; experiment with techniques of visual communication expression and presentations; plan and manage the communication design process from initial development to the final product; and ideate, curate and critique independent and group projects to promote collaborative classroom learning.


NM3219 Writing for Communication Management

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 2-2-0-5-1
Prerequisites: NM2219 Principles of Communication Management
NM2220 Introduction to Media Writing
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.


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.

 

NM3230 Digital Storytelling

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


The most compelling media content makes use of evocative images, and sometimes an image itself is the story. Knowing how to make, edit, and communicate with images are key skills in the digital age. Students enrolled in this module will be introduced to the skills, theories and methods around communicating with both moving and still imagery. The course will focus on using digital tools to capture, edit and present images as data and for storytelling, communicating with visual imagery in the digital age, and the study and use of visual images for research and communication.


NM3232 Strategic Communication

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

This module introduces students to the concepts and applications of strategic communication management process to meet organisational goals and objectives. Building on the theoretical foundation of strategic communications and applied social scientific research, students will learn to evaluate, analyse and monitor research programs, and to design communication plans in public, non-profit, and for-profit organisations. Emphasis is placed on learning and conducting assessments of organisational need, performing situational analysis, analysing message design, evaluating media choice, exploring traditional and emerging media tools, and planning effective communication strategies for the respective organisations.


NM3234 Leadership, Organisations and New Media 

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.


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.


NM3239 Retrieving, Exploring and Analysing Data

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

Nil


Data analysis is crucial to evaluating and designing solutions and applications, and to understanding users' information needs and uses. Often this data is distributed online among many web pages, stored in databases or available in large text files, and may be too large to obtain or process manually. Instead, we need an automated way to gather, parse and summarize the data before we can do more advanced analysis. This module explores ways to accomplish these tasks in quick and easy yet useful and repeatable ways. The ultimate goal is to glean insights from the data through analysis and basic visualizations

 

NM3550Y Communications & New Media Internship

Modular credits: 12
Workload: 20 weeks at the place of work on full time basis.
Prerequisites: (1) For NM Major only, 
(2) Read and pass a minimum of 80 MCs
Preclusion(s): Any other series-internship modules, including NM3550 and INM3550 
(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 20 weeks on full time basis.

Find out more about the Compulsory Internship Programme here.

 

NM3551 FASS Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP)

Modular credits: 4
Workload: 0-0-0-8-2
Prerequisites: Students must have declared a Major, completed a minimum of 24 MCs in that Major, and have a cap of at least 3.20.
Cross-listing(s): Nil


A UROP involves the student working with a supervisor, and usually in a team, on an existing research project. It has relevance to the student’s Major, and involves the application of subject knowledge, methodology and theory in reflection upon the research project.UROPs usually take place within FASS or ARI, though a few involve international partners. All are vetted and approved by the Major department. All are assessed.


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 specialised topics in Communications and New Media. The topics covered reflect the expertise of staff members of emerging issues in Communications and New Media.

NM4102 Advanced Communications & New Media Research

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-2-0-7.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2007 to 2011:
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM2102 or NM2103 or NM2104.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, or 28 MCs in GL or GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM2101 or NM2103 or NM2104.
Preclusion(s): Nil
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.


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 or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non‚Äźlanguage 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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

(For GL students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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 Media Ethics - Principles and Practices

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-6-3.5
Prerequisites: Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM or 28MCs in GL/GL-recognised non-langauge modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC Students)
‚ÄčCompleted 80MCs and obtained a minimum CAP of 3.20.
Preclusion(s): NM3202 Governance and New Media
‚ÄčNM2202 Governance and Information Tech

The module examines how technological transformation of media and communications has required nation states to make big adjustments in regulatory frameworks. These changes in the areas of jurisdiction, content regulation, moral values, security, etc. will be explored, as well as their global implications and regulatory constraints of the Internet. This module explores new media governance processes that involve collective action by governments, international organisations, NGOs, the private sector and civil society to establish agreements about standards, policies, rules, enforcement mechanisms and dispute resolution procedures. It will emphasise challenges it presents to stakeholders and how sometimes trade-offs are necessary.


NM4206 Media Regulation and Governance

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

Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non‚Äźlanguage modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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

NM3202 Governance and New Media

NM2202 Governance and Information Tech

The module examines how technological transformation of media and communications has required nation states to make big adjustments in regulatory frameworks. These changes in the areas of jurisdiction, content regulation, moral values, security, etc. will be explored, as well as their global implications and regulatory constraints of the Internet. This module explores new media governance processes that involve collective action by governments, international organisations, NGOs, the private sector and civil society to establish agreements about standards, policies, rules, enforcement mechanisms and dispute resolution procedures. It will emphasise challenges it presents to stakeholders and how sometimes trade-offs are necessary.


NM4207 Managing Communication Campaigns

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

‚Äč(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM3219
(3) NM3220 or NM3232 or NM3233

Preclusion(s): NM4217 Advanced Communication Campaigns

As the capstone module of the communication management sequence, this course will give greater opportunity for students to apply theory, their skills and creativity to public relations problems facing companies. It is designed to strengthen students’ understanding of communication management principles and provide opportunities for practical application of those principles to public relations problems. Students will design and implement campaigns and at the same time, manage relationships with stakeholders such as clients, the media, and key community leaders. They will produce the collaterals needed for their campaigns and design realistic evaluation exercises to test their campaigns and assess their efficacy.


NM4208 Strategic Communication Design

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 1-0-3-4-4.5
Prerequisites:

(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 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 capstone module navigates students in messaging and production through print and interactive platforms to achieve strategic communication outcomes. This course expands on skills acquired in NM3217 Principles of Communication Design, but with a core focus on designing for strategic communication, specifically in the production of publications to meet communication objectives. The course helps in: communicating effectively through research and strategy; applying and packaging communication messages and design in print/interactive publications; mastering the planning and management of the design workflow; and developing an appreciation for visual literacy.


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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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

This is an interactive media design capstone module that explores "user experience design" (UXD), where main concern is design and evaluation of overall quality of the interactive experience a person has when interacting with Virtual Reality environments. Students will learn relevant theory and design techniques as well as engage in sustained design and evaluation activities. Concepts introduced include user-centric design, desirability, affordance (real and perceived), emotion design -- as well as related concepts and insights from psychology, computer science, semiotics, and marketing research. The module includes a studio component that involves a semester-long design and evaluation of an original prototype. 


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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM3211 News Reporting and Editing.

(For SOC students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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 Race, Media and Representation

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

(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non-language modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
(2) NM2101

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

This module introduces students to how the concept of race has been represented across a range of media forms, including photography, documentary, mainstream and arthouse cinemas, network television and social media. It will examine theories of race and representation including the colonial stereotype, colour-blindness, critical race feminism, postcolonialism, critical whiteness studies, sexualised racism, cultural difference and diaspora, performativity and raced bodies, post-racialism and multiculturalism. Upon completing this module, students will be able to critically apply theories of race and representation to analysis of media.


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 or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non‚Äźlanguage 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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

(For GL students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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.


NM4219 New Media in Health Communication 

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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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.


NM4223 New Media and Organizations

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

Cohort 2007 onwards:
(Not applicable to SOC students
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM or 28 MCs in GL/GL recognised non‚Äźlanguage modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 or be on the Honours track.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

(For GL students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

Preclusion(s)/Cross-listing(s): NM5213/NM5213R


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, ‚Äúorganizations‚ÄĚ include corporations, governments, non-profit organizations, religious groups, social movements, political parties, universities, communities, and families.


NM4225 Speculative and Critical Design

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

(Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.


(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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.


NM4227 Game Studies

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

(Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC/SDE/ENG students) Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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

This module focuses on the critical study of games and play. Drawing on concepts from a range of disciplines, including play theory, cultural analysis, communication, game design, game studies, film studies, and literature, students will examine the nature of games, the act of playing, and the broader social and cultural significance of games. In addition to readings of academic texts related to games, students will also be expected to play, critically analyse, and design both computer and non-computer games. Seminars will involve screenings, play sessions, student-led discussion and analysis of games and associated critical texts, and practice-based design explorations.


NM4228 Crisis Communication 

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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

(For GL students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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.

NM4230 Communication for Social Change 

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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

(For SOC students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

(For GL students
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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

 

This module will discuss the foundation of participatory communication by challenging the modernization paradigm and the traditional communication approaches for social change that have been widely used by government agencies and for‚Äźprofit and non‚Äźprofit organizations. Examples include social marketing, behaviour change models, and entertainment education. This module aims to provide an overview of critical theories and to critically examine the role of collective learning, information sharing, public participation, and dialogue in designing, implementing, and evaluating communication strategies for social change. Students will have the opportunity to apply the participatory communication approach to conducting community‚Äźbased projects and assessing its social impact.

 

NM4231 Advanced Digital Storytelling 

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

Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or been on the Honours track.
NM3230

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

 

The aim of this module is to deepen the knowledge of students who have foundational digital storytelling experience. Students will obtain deeper conceptual understanding and technical skills in narrative storytelling elements such as story sequencing and visual exposition, lighting, style, production and editing. The culmination of the module will be a final portfolio project.
 

NM4238 Software Studies 

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

Cohort 2011 and before:
Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.50 or be on the Honours track.
(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.50.
 
Cohort 2012 onwards:
Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
(For SOC students)
Completed 80 MCs and obtain a minimum CAP of 3.20.

Preclusion(s): NM3238
Cross-listing(s): Nil

 

Software has worked its way in to almost every aspect of our lives. Code is not just neutral technology, but is subject to cultural, economic, and political interests. Similarly our cultural lives are profoundly influenced by software ‚Äď by its development and dissemination (collaboration and open-source), how we work (the paperless office, outsourcing), communicate (friends networks), conduct transactions (bitcoins), enact subversion, its reflection of race and gender divisions, its expressive capabilities (new media art), and reconceptualization of knowledge in programmatic form. This course approaches software from the perspective of humanities and social sciences to critically examine the relationship and interdependencies between culture and software.
 

NM4239 Digital Propganda and Public Opinion 

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-5-4.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2012 onwards Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil

 

The deployment of propaganda through mass media by political actors is an old phenomenon. However, the rise of digital media has not only reconfigured communication processes worldwide, but has created new spaces within which to deploy propaganda online. Digital and automated propaganda during crises and elections aims at manipulating public opinion. There is growing evidence of the use and influence of social media in governance process, policy development, international relations, social movements, war and conflict, etc. This course provides students with an understanding of communicative techniques of digital propaganda and help students become more critical consumers of digital media content.
 

NM4240 Risk Perception and Communication 

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-5-4.5
Prerequisites: Cohort 2012 onwards Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.
Cross-listing(s): Nil

 

This module examines research, theory and practice related to the communication of social, health, and environmental risks. It looks at risk communication from multiple perspectives, including psychological, social, and cultural. It uses case studies to illustrate theories of risk perception and risk communication and effects of various risk communication strategies, including public involvement techniques. A cross-cutting theme is that theory and practice often intersect in shaping our understanding of how people perceive, react to, and communicate about risk. The course will emphasize understanding, applying, and developing theories of risk communication.
 

NM4242 Critical Perspectives on Technology 

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-4-5.5
Prerequisites: (Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

‚Äč(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
‚Äč(1) Completed 80MCs and obtained a minimum CAP of 3.20.
Preclusion(s): NM3207 Philosophy in Communications and New Media
Cross-listing(s): Nil

Technologies are not value-neutral artefacts. This module develops this proposition by providing students with critical theoretical perspectives to examine power relations in media technologies. Students will explore contemporary issues of technoscience through a study of media history, and learn how historical concerns are transformed with modern technological features and structures. Moving through the topics of datafication, algorithms, networking, and ubiquitous computing, students are taught the importance of critical reflection, and the urgency required for ethical inquiry into technological development.

 

NM4244 Sex in the Media

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-4-5.5
Prerequisites: (1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

‚Äč(2) NM2101 or NM2103 or NM2104
Preclusion(s): Nil
Cross-listing(s): Nil
This module explores questions of sex, gender, sexuality, and power in contemporary media and popular cultures. It examines issues and themes such as gender identity and representation of sex, women in media production and consumption, and reception and fandom of pop culture, from critical approaches in cultural studies, feminist theory, film theory, queer studies and communication theory. Materials discussed include film, music, television, advertising, comics, animation, video games, and social media.
Students completing this module will be able to analyse the representation of gendered and sexual identities and desires in the media.
 
NM4245 Political Communication and Digital Media
Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-3.5-6
Prerequisites: (Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

‚Äč(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
‚Äč(1) Completed 80MCs and obtained a minimum CAP of 3.20.
Preclusion(s): NM3240 Digital Media and Political Communication
Cross-listing(s): Nil
The process of political communication has been undergoing transformation across the world through the rise of digital media. The transformation is also the result of the way established institutions, including political parties and news organization, have changed, and the ways citizens are engaging with politics and media. The paper is designed to introduce students to the field of political communication ‚Äď an interdisciplinary field of study. It will also help students to understand contemporary challenges and opportunities.
 
NM4246 Learning Innovation in the Digital Age
Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-3.5-6
Prerequisites: (Not applicable to SOC/SDE/ENG students)
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

‚Äč(For SOC/SDE/ENG students)
‚Äč(1) Completed 80MCs and obtained a minimum CAP of 3.20.
Preclusion(s): NM3204 E-Learning
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 organisational settings. It introduces students to practical aspects such as planning, designing, implementation and management of new ICTs in both educational and organisational contexts. The course is mounted for students throughout NUS with interest in the uses and effects of new ICTs.
 

NM4401 Honours Thesis

Modular credits: 15
Workload: 0-0-0-0-37.5
Prerequisites:

Cohort 2015 and before:
(1) Completed 110 MCs including 60 MCs of NM major requirements with a minimum SJAP of 4.00 and CAP of 3.50. Students may seek a waiver of the SJAP pre-requisite from the department if they have a minimum CAP of 4.25 after completing 110 MCs.
(2) Pass NM4101 or NM4102
 
Cohort 2016 onwards:
(1) Completed 110 MCs including 44 MCs of NM major requirements with a minimum SJAP of 4.00 and CAP of 3.50. Students may seek a waiver of the SJAP pre-requisite from the department if they have a minimum CAP of 4.25 after completing 110 MCs.
(2) Pass NM4101 or NM4102
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 2015 and before:
To be offered subject to the agreement of the Supervisor and Department. Completed 100 MCs, including 60 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.
 
Cohort 2016 onwards:
To be offered subject to the agreement of the Supervisor and Department. Completed 100 MCs, including 44 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20.

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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 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.

NM4881C Critical Theory and Cultural Studies in New 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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track.

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

 

This course will introduce students to the theoretical foundations of cultural studies, examining popular culture, media audiences, consumer culture, and communication practices in new media contexts. The course will offer an overview of the different approaches to cultural analysis, with an emphasis on the ways in which culture runs through the practices of production, circulation, and reception of new media.


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.

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80MCs, including 28MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 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.

 

NM4883F Financial Journalism

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

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track

(2) NM2220 Introduction to Media Writing

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


Financial Journalism is an advanced course in news reporting.  Students will understand and learn how to describe the function of money in all its categories such as commodity money (e.g. gold) and flat money.  Students will also learn how to deliver financial news accurately and quickly for their target audience such as traders and analysts.  Prior knowledge in finance is not necessary.

 

NM4883G Financial Communications

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

Cohort 2012 onwards:
(1) Completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in NM, with a minimum CAP of 3.20 or be on the Honours track

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


The module examines the nature, practices and framework of financial communication.  With an emphasis on analysis of financial markets, it outlines the communication strategies for addressing financial issues and addressing finance publics.  Focusing on the role of framing, relationship building, relationship management, and agenda setting, it examines the nuts and bolts of financial communication, the challenges and problems financial communicators work with, and the communication strategies for addressing these problems.  Emphasis will be placed on analysing investors, developing strategies for communicating financial products, financial news writing and media relations, and financial crisis response strategies.


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.

NM5201R State and Civil Society in the Information Age

Modular credits: 5
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.


NM5204R Computer-Mediated Environments

Modular credits: 5
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.


NM5205R Cognition and Media

Modular credits: 5
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.


NM5209R Interactive Media Arts

Modular credits: 5
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.


NM5212R Theories Of Public Relations

Modular credits: 5
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.


NM5216R Culture, Communication & Health

Modular credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-3-4
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.

 

NM5218R Cultural Policy

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


This module introduces cultural policy studies as a distinct domain of cultural studies. It examines the stakes involved in defining and operating within cultural policy studies by analysing the practices of cultural industries, art institutions, cultural planning and participation, and creative economies. Students will evaluate specific instances of cultural policy development, and produce studies of cultural practices in order to re-think perceived notions of identity, representation and power. Students completing the module will appreciate the relationship between critical analysis and policy orientation in cultural studies and be familiar with specific instances of cultural policy development at national and international levels.


NM5881R Topics in Media Studies

Modular credits: 5
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.


NM5882R Topics in Media Design

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


Topics in 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.


NM5883R Topics in Communication Management

Modular credits: 5
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.

GEM1036 / GEH1001 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 emphasised.

 

GEH1061 Representation and Media

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


The module introduces the basic concepts in representations of gender, politics, celebrities and culture, and otherness. Concepts that will be examining in this module include representation, structuralism, and feminism. The module will examine and analyse the basic idea of representation, celebrity and culture, gender, politics and otherness; and how media portray them.


GEM2027 / GET1008 Public Speaking and Critical Reasoning

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 effective speaking, listening and critique skills. It looks into adapting evidence, language, visual aids and other message characteristics through selected forms of public speaking for various purposes, audiences and contexts and includes practice in the critical analysis of speeches. It emphasizes strategic communication to enhance critical thinking skills, rhetorical fluency through reasoned thinking and expression of logical argument positions on local and global issues that impact our everyday lives.


GES1031 Culture and Communication in Singapore

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


This module introduces students to essential conecpts in communication within and across different cultures and prepares them to meet the needs and challenges living and communicating in Singapore's multiracial and multicultural environment. It covers a broad range of topics that include cultural perception, cultural relativism, cultural patterns and worldviews, and verbal and nonverbal communication. Applied topics in intercultural communication to business and organization, media and technology, and computer-mediated communicaiton are also covered against the backdrop of Singapore's digitally-networked and globalized economy. Students will learn to be interculturally sensitive and competent communicators as global citizens and citizens in a global city-state.

 

GES1033 Who moved my OB markers?

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


This module examines the topic of censorship in Singapore. It examines the origins and meaning of the term "OB marker" and Singapore's history of regulating media and speech to contextualise the perception of strict state control on speech. Contemporary events related to speech and expression are critically examined to assess if the perception of strict state controls on speech in Singapore is still valid.

 

GET1035 Critical Perspectives in Advertising

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


This module critiques the effects of advertising. Specifically, it decontructs th role of advertising as practiced by commercial, non-commercial and a variety of other entities to persuade us to adopt products, services, ideas and ideologies. In doisng so, we highlight negative and positive advertising effects from communicative, psychological, cultural, sociological, and political perspectives. Various social and ethical implications of advetising on society in general, and on various vulnerable populations, such as children, minorities, and women, in particular are also discussed. The module promotes approaches to manage advertising influences through active citizen participation to achieve a more enlightened society.

 

GET1038 Communication in Small Groups

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


This module is designed to help students understand the theoritical and practical aspects of small group communication so that they may function more effectively in groups. Particularly, the module will facilitate discussion on effective communication in the group communication process. Effective communication in a community, public or professional setting requires an understanding of hoe people behave in a group context and how they interact with others inside and outside the group.