|Prerequisites for Module|
Aims of Module
To enable the student to assess the role and function of public relations management, evaluate the range of theoretical approaches to public relations strategy, and apply the concepts and principles of public relations practice within a digital context.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
||Appraise and discuss current management theory and organisational behaviour in the digital era.|
||Critically analyse the main theoretical concepts relating to the implementation of public relations programmes in the digital era.|
||Develop and evaluate strategies for the planning and implementation of appropriate public relations programmes in the digital era.|
||Appraise and discuss characteristics of major public relations specialisms including digital media production.|
||Examine and evaluate the role of public relations in organisational, societal and digital contexts including the ethical implications of the practice.|
Indicative Module Content
The role of public relations within a conversational, digital context including public, private and voluntary sector organisations; strategic management and control of the public relations function; assessment of public relations implications of management plans and decisions, covering aspects such as ethical and legal issues, codes of practice and corporate social responsibility; corporate identity; issues management; crisis management and contingency planning; specialisms such as client/consumer relations, internal communication, community relations, sponsorship and event management; researching and planning public relations programmes and campaigns; tools and techniques of digital PR including social media design and management, web design, audio-visual content and animation.
Indicative Student Workload
|Full Time||Part Time|
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|Private Study||100||100||Mode of Delivery|
This module comprises a combination of online and classroom presentations, materials and activities in a range of interactive formats. Students are expected to prepare for and contribute to each activity.
||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|Component 1 ||1,2,3,4,5|
|Component 2 ||3,4|
Component 2 is a workshop assignment.
Component 1 is a written report.
|1.||CAPOZZI, L. and ZIPFEL, L.B., 2012. The conversation age: the opportunity for public relations. Corporate Communications: An International Journal, 17(3), pp. 336-349.|
|2.||CHARLESWORTH, A., 2015. An introduction to social media marketing. London: Routledge. ebook|
|3.||Academic and Trade Journals - Corporate Communications: an international journal; PR Week|
|4.||NEE, I. and BURMANN, C., 2016. <I>Managing negative word-of-mouth on social media platforms: the effect of hotel management responses on observers' purchase intention.</I> Springer Gabler. <I>ebook</I>|
|5.||SOLIS, B. and BREAKENRIDGE, D., 2009. <I>Putting the public back in public relations: how social media is reinventing the aging business of PR.</I> London: FT Press. <I>ebook</I>|
|6.||WILCOX, D.L. and CAMERON, G.T., 2014. <I>Public relations: strategies and tactics.</I> Harlow, Essex: Pearson. <I>ebook</I>|
|7.||WILCOX, D.L., 2014. <I>Public relations: writing and media techniques.</I> 7th ed. Harlow, Essex: Pearson. <I>ebook</I>|
Students will be expected to consult a range of books, journals, media, corporate and individual online publications to complement their progress.