The department has an active postgraduate programs. The postgraduate programs are: Master of Communication Studies (MCS), Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MOAL), and Communication of Science and Technology (SCICOM). The department also has a Doctor of Philosophy (PHD) program in Communication and Development Studies by research.
The MCS program is a two year studies offered through coursework and a dissertation. In the first year, the candidates take eight subjects (four in each semester), and complete thesis by research in the second year. The MAOL program, which is for three years, is offered through the distance mode in partnership with Development Associate International of USA. The participants are expected to register and enroll for different subjects which are completed via the distance mode. They come in for two residencies for a week in a year. The SCICOM program is a graduate certificate training offered based on needs. The MPHIL program is offered to those who wish to pursue their postgraduate studies by research alone without having to go through the course work. PHD program is offered to those who wish to pursue their studies to the highest level.
Distance Education (Blended Learning)
This program is initially the proposal of four partnering institutions/organizations, and these are:
The Papua New Guinea University of Technology (PNG Unitech)
Development Associates International (DAI)
The Christian Leadership Training College of Papua New Guinea (CLTC)
In partnership with DAI, CLTC and Pioneers of Australia, the program is expected to be offered through the PNG University Technology housed by the Department of Communication and Development Studies.
Program Delivery Method
Today there are a wide range of different distance learning models; from paper based correspondence courses to completely online web-based e-learning. This program is somewhere in between. This program is usually called hybrid or blended learning.
The candidates will complete the program based on a cohort learning model. That is a group of participants who stay together through out a degree program. The cohort model brings students together in a collaborative, team-focused learning experience, with the goal of developing a learning community. This model encourages participants to draw upon both their peers and instructors for support. The program will be delivered as follows:
Participants will come together for a residency 2 times per year for a total of two weeks (one week each residency)
All courses are completed via the appropriate distance education curricular formats. These methods will incorporate course workbook, readers and other additional materials.
Dialogue with course teachers, supervisors and students will be by a variety of means including face to face meetings, e-mail, telephone and fax according to the location of participants and institutions.
Institution mentors are responsible for coaching and facilitating the dialogue with their cohort group, both individually and collectively, during this specific course period.
Participants have practical projects where they have to apply what they are learning to their current leadership role, as well as teach it to others and complete written assignments and course papers.
The participants should be able to produce a high quality dissertation reflected by his technical competence, originality of scholarly research, critical assessment, logical structure and scholarly discussion of findings to address research questions and problems. The dissertation must be a coherently organized sequence of chapters that should show clear headings and sub-headings. In all, the object of the dissertation is to build a clear argument in a logical and orderly progression.
CLTC will assist UNITECH to provide the program coordination which includes:
Marketing and Communication
UNITECH will provide the teaching location in Lae
CLTC will provide the teaching location in Port Moresby
UNITECH will arrange collection of tuition, accounting and distribution of those funds to partners
Rules Governing this Program
This program shall be offered in accordance with and within the meaning of the rules governing the University’s Masters Degree program.
In consultation with the stakeholder partners (PNG Unitech, DAI and CLTC) the LCS Department shall, from time to time, make such adjustments where necessary particularly in the program’s course structures.
Exams and Marking
Assessment of the students will be based on 60% continuous assessment and 40% examination administered in each semester.
The current grading system used by PNG UNITECH will be applied for processing the marks and grades. The CDS Department will submit the marks and grades for record keeping purposes.
Quality Assurance Strategy
The program shall be reviewed after its first academic year, and thereafter three years, to assess its relevance, suitability and quality. The LCS Department with its partners shall form the review committee. In the review processes, other stakeholders from government and industries shall be consulted as a means of wider community participation in the program.
Duration of the Course
Consistent with the Higher Degrees rules, the following duration of study shall apply:
The candidate shall have 36 calendar months (3 years) for this program. A special extension may be sought, if the student has valid reason/s for not completing his/her work. If, however, a student does not complete his/her studies without any valid reason/s, his/her studies may be terminated by the University Academic Board upon recommendation from the High Degrees Committee in consultation with LCS Department and its partners.
Course Structure Delivery
The candidate for the Degree of Master of Arts in Organization Leadership (MAOL) shall register for 11 (eleven) courses and a dissertation component in 3 years, of which 3 courses will be taken in the third year from 6 (six) optional courses.