COMS692-19A (C) Any Time Start 2019


60 points

Start/End Date: The start and end dates are specific to each student. For further information please contact one of the following (as appropriate):
  • For Masters theses please contact the relevant College Office.
  • For Doctoral degrees (PhD) please contact the Postgraduate Office.
  • For other types of anytime start courses (i.e. generally courses worth 60 points or less) please contact the Course Coordinator.
Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


Students will complete a dissertation, normally 15,000 - 20,000 words in length, on a topic of their choice, under academic supervision.

The dissertation is the capstone course for the Master of Strategic Communication. The dissertation, normally 15,000-20,000 words in length, provides you the opportunity to work through a significant question or challenge in strategic communication. It will usually involve empirical work, such as a piece of independent research, drawing on research methods explored during the course. The dissertation may address a strategic communication problem of interest to an organisation. You will be asked to develop an initial proposal at the start of your second semester of study and then be assigned a supervisor who will help you develop the idea, guide the research and writing and assess your work. Full-time students will submit the dissertation in mid-February.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course students will be able to
  •                apply an advanced body of knowledge in strategic communication
  •                evaluate critically the findings and discussions in the literature
  •                research, analyse and argue about strategic communication from evidence
  •                work independently and apply knowledge to new situations
  •                engage in rigorous intellectual analysis and criticism of strategic communication
  •                undertake empirical research relevant to the analysis.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Recommended Preparation

have qualified for a Bachelor's degree (with at least a B average in 300-level courses); or have qualified for a Bachelor's degree and provided evidence to the satisfaction of the Dean of Arts and Head of Department of relevant professional or other work experience

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01-P1 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Karl Popper 508 15 Jul - 25 Aug
01-P2 Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00 Karl Popper 508 11 Nov - 17 Nov
25 Nov - 1 Dec
9 Dec - 22 Dec

Course Coordinator

WanChi Leung

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $3,694.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All COMS692 Occurrences

  • COMS692-19A (C) Any Time Start 2019