Micro Units

Hone your existing skills and develop new ones with QUT Online's suite of micro units.

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Why choose to study a micro unit?

Advance your professional knowledge with a targeted micro unit. A micro unit can be completed in just over a month, making it the perfect accompaniment to your working schedule, and easy to fit in among your other commitments.

A micro unit is a flexible option for those wishing to upskill and develop new professional skills that are immediately useful. Your workplace will benefit from your new skills and you will be demonstrating your commitment to professional development.

From little things, big things grow. The credit points you earn completing a micro unit can contribute towards short courses you take in future, or even towards a future postgraduate qualification.

Micro unit structure

You can choose the micro unit you wish to study, up to a maximum of four in a teaching period.

Micro units will be initially offered for QUT Online’s Digital Communication course suite, with plans to expand this selection moving forward.

There are four teaching periods in a year, with flexible start times in February, April, July and October.

See the entry criteria for more information on enrolling in a micro unit.

Micro units by start date

  • The Power of Platforms (CCQ105)

    The evolution of digital technology has had a disruptive and ultimately transformative effect on communication and media industries.

    Students studying this micro unit will learn about how the communication and media landscape has changed with the advent of digital technologies, including the radical shift in industry business models and the conditions of media content creation and distribution.

    Students will assess specific platforms, in particular social media platforms, and gain an understanding of the user cultures that have developed around them. This will be particularly useful for students working or intending to work in the digital social media space, whether as a social media specialist, manager or entrepreneur.

    A micro unit is an ideal format for intensive learning, allowing students to fit flexible blocks of study into their schedule – one micro unit for part-time study and two micro units for full-time study.

    Price: $1,242

  • Introduction to Social Media Analytics (CCQ106)

    This micro unit introduces students to the role data analytics play in the delivery of effective social media communication. The history, theory and methodology of social media data analytics frame the unit’s overall aim of teaching how data analytics can be used to improve engagement with online audiences and communities through social media platforms.

    Price: $1,242

  • Visualising Data (CCQ104)

    Knowing how to make sense of data for diverse audiences, through appropriate visual representation, is a key skill for contemporary digital communication professionals.

    This is especially true at a time when there is a growing demand across communication and media industries for communication specialists who can interpret and effectively communicate datasets to non-specialist audiences and those in leadership positions.

    The focus of this micro unit is on understanding the principles of visual communication and data analytics within a broader digital communication context.

    Specifically, students will engage with common types of data representation, from simple histograms, scatter plots and treemaps to complex networks and Sankey diagrams. This advanced knowledge will be invaluable for those navigating careers in the digital space, particularly those intending to work as digital performance analysts, media researchers, and digital and media analysts.

    Industry-standard software applications will be used to create interactive data visualisations.

    A micro unit is an ideal format for intensive learning, allowing students to fit flexible blocks of study into their schedule – one micro unit for part-time study and two micro units for full-time study.

    Price: $1,242

  • Coding for Communicators (CCQ107)

    Digital technologies provide professional communicators new ways to craft, deliver and evaluate the impact of communication. This micro unit integrates a theoretical understanding of how computational technologies transform the world of communication, along with the hands-on skills to use and create programs within Python to collect, manage, process and analyse the digital traces of online communication.

    Price: $1,242

  • Debates in Digital Culture (CCQ103)

    Digital technologies have had a tremendous impact on our lives as individuals and members of larger societies. The debates surrounding these new and powerful technologies are often multi-faceted in their complexity.

    In this micro unit, students will learn to critically examine and contribute to these debates, drawing on scholarly research to evaluate opposing perspectives.

    This is an essential skill for digital communication professionals intending to remain critically informed in their field, and who are likely to secure work in a wide range of roles across government, industry and community sectors.

    Example of these roles include working as social media managers and entrepreneurs, digital performance analysts, media researchers, digital journalists, and digital policy and media analysts.

    A micro unit is an ideal format for intensive learning, allowing students to fit flexible blocks of study into their schedule – one micro unit for part-time study and two micro units for full-time study.

    Price: $1,242

  • Social Media Storytelling (CCQ102)

    Throughout history, communication has always been about telling compelling stories. The technology has changed but this essential truth remains.

    In this micro unit students will learn concepts, frameworks and techniques for effective storytelling that engages target audiences across various social media platforms.

    Key issues in the use of social media will be explored, including cross-cultural storytelling as well as the ethical issues of privacy, protection of personal identity and professional branding through social media.

    Social media is constantly evolving, and social media skills are essential for anyone looking to find work in the digital communication space, particularly for social media managers and entrepreneurs, digital performance analysts, media researchers, digital journalists, and digital policy and media analysts.

    A micro unit is an ideal format for intensive learning, allowing students to fit flexible blocks of study into their schedule – one micro unit for part-time study and two micro units for full-time study.

    Price: $1,242

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Hone your skill set

Studying a postgraduate short course is a great way to upskill and develop as a professional. Studying a micro unit or single unit is convenient and equips you with an immediately useful skill. Choosing to study what’s precisely relevant to you and your career – perhaps addressing a gap in your skill set or formalising your knowledge – is an excellent way to stand out and take a positive step forward in your professional development.

In your own time and on your own terms

Life is full of commitments, in particular for working professionals who at times have to juggle full-time work with family and other responsibilities. Studying a short course with QUT Online makes postgraduate study possible, with flexible online short course study options to suit any schedule.