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COMM 3078


Course Level


Study Method
100% online


Course ID


Unit Value


UniSA Online Elective Course


10 weeks

Study Period 1

Course aim

To study the complexity and nuances of the development, purpose and use of promotional activities in contemporary society through the promotion of products, services and information and the diverse range of approaches, techniques and methods employed, with a particular emphasis on advertising.  

Course content

Students will build on previous courses to develop knowledge of theoretical and applied approaches to the use and production of promotional activities in contemporary society. The practices and processes of promotional activity in diverse organisations are examined using historical and contemporary case studies. Students will demonstrate creative and critical thinking about promotional culture and its role in industry, government and the not-for-profit sector, and exhibit creativity and originality in the production of promotional material. Students will relate promotional activities to the application of communication media technology in its changing forms. In developing advanced understanding of promotional industries, including advertising, publicity and marketing, students are required to use theoretical approaches to critique and evaluate promotional events and campaigns ranging from product launches and publicity events in the creative industries, to national election campaigns and large-scale health promotion and education campaigns.


Davis, A 2013, Promotional Cultures: The Rise and Spread of Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing and Branding , First, Polity Press, Cambridge


Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
COMM 2090 UO Communication Research Methods
Specific program
Program Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
XBPY MARK 1018 UO Marketing Principles: Trading and Exchange
XBPY MARK 2034 UO Marketing Analytics

Students are required to complete MARK 1018 and MARK 2034 or alternatively COMM 2090.



Teaching Method

Component Duration
Online 10 weeks x N/A

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Case study, Project


EFTSL*: 0.125
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