Degree in Communication and Internet Studies

STRUCTURE & CONTENT

The programme consists of 48 modules (of 5 ECTS) and has a total workload of 240 ECTS. The modules  are organized into four components as follows: 

  • First Component: Compulsory Basic Modules (16 modules /80 ECTS)                    

Compulsory modules form the basis of the field of study as offered in the Department of Communication and Internet Studies, being compulsory for all students. These modules can be found in Table 1.

  • Second Component: Compulsory Language Modules   (6 language modules/30 ECTS)                    

Compulsory language modules aim at providing students with further training in English and Greek language, as a strengthening of the knowledge gained at high school, both in a general level and in their field of study, as well as basic knowledge of a third language. These modules will be offered by the Language Center of the Cyprus University of Technology. Each student should choose one Greek language module, three English language modules and two language modules in any other foreign language offered by the Language Center.

  • Third Component: Subject Area Elective Modules  (20 modules /100 ECTS)                    

These modules include introductory and specialized classes which can be included based on the field of student’s specialization, in one or more of the following five Subject Areas:

 

Subject Area 1 - Political Communication: 

The “Political Communication” Subject Area will focus on how modern political processes (political identity formation, political communication and political action) are mediated by digital communication technologies and the Internet - both at institutional and civil society level. A key area of ​​investigation is the changes brought about by the internet to the interaction between political elites and citizens and the degree of democratization of politics and society or, on the contrary, the intensification of social control. This subject area includes modules such as "Politics and the Internet", "Alternative Media", "The Political Economics of the Internet", "Ethnicity, Nationality and Electronic Communication Techniques", "Political Marketing", "Social Movements". The Subject Area will lay the foundations for the graduates’ professional careers in areas related to political communication, specializing in the use of new technologies – e.g. positions of communication consultants in political parties, government agencies, international organizations, NGOs and pressure groups, public opinion analyst positions, etc.

Subject Area 2 - Journalism: 

The main areas of investigation within “Journalism” have to do primarily, but not exclusively, with the informative dimension of the Media and Communication. This subject area is built on the basis of the dual - theoretical and applied - structure of the programme. The theoretical dimension critically addresses issues relating to the relations of the media, the news and journalists with society, politics, culture, and the ways in which journalism and news mediate the relations and institutions of society in the modern communication environment. The applied and practical dimension of Journalism focuses on students specializing in the production of a complete news product, from the first stage of collecting information, to the final stage of presenting and distributing news, for print media, radio, television and Internet. Students who will deepen into this subject area will be able to utilize their theoretical training and familiarity with the tools and techniques for producing information content in a wide range of information-oriented professions, especially those requiring the use of new technologies: journalism, online information management, consulting in organizing and promotion of information on the various platforms and environments of new technologies, etc.

Subject Area 3 - Applied Communication: 

Applied Communication is the cognitive area that enables undergraduate students of the Department of Communication and Internet Studies to approach individual cognitive subjects such as marketing, advertising and media organization. Students’ exposure to relevant modules   contributes to the understanding of the functioning of the media and related organizations as entities that are governed by specific operating and management rules. Students’ familiarity with media marketing, advertising and strategic planning in considered as essential in the existing operating conditions of these organizations, and same applies for everyone dealing with Communication. Students’ engagement with the offered modules in applied communication offers the possibility of (a) introducing themselves to the research methodology of individual disciplines and (b) creating the conditions for the development of interdisciplinary research collaboration and synergy within the Department of Communication and Internet Studies. At the same time , graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge, which gives them a comparative advantage and renders them competitive in their future career.

Subject Area 4 - Technology, Culture and Society: 

This Thematic Area examines the ways in which Technology and Science shape the cultural environment and at the same time how Technology and Science are shaped by it. This interaction extends to almost all domains of human activity including daily life, personal experience, interpersonal and social relations, communication and the media, learning and education, national identity and authority management. The field has an interdisciplinary structure and character. The crucial and catalytic role of the use of new and emerging technologies in all the aforementioned areas shapes the final features of the field covered by this Subject Area. The total of modules included in this subject area combines theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills related to the use of new technological tools, with the aim of providing knowledge that will help in understanding the complex interactions between technology, culture and society. This knowledge is applicable in professional fields such as Content Production and Management for the New Media, the Use of New Technologies in Education, Electronic Media, topics on the Society of information, Advisory Strategic Communication, etc.  

Subject Area 5 - Information Management: 

Information management is the systematic collection, organization and processing of information from one or more sources and the dissemination of same information to one or more recipients towards achievement of specific objectives. The “Information Management” subject area focuses on the use of web applications to exploit the enormous amount of data available today. The main objective of the subject area is to organize the teaching of the relevant subjects so that the graduates of the department are properly equipped for a career in the wider field of Internet Information Systems. In this framework, students are examined in subjects such as: (1) Data formats, metadata and information organizing strategies, (2) Web data mining, (3) Contemporary content management systems, (4) Modern search engines, (5) Interactive web applications, (6) Object-oriented programming and (7) Diffuse computing and the Internet of Things. In conjunction with the theoretical background, this subject area offers the opportunity to become familiar with various Internet technologies including: (1) database management systems (MySQL, PostgreSQL), (2) content management systems (Joomla, Moodle ), (3) digital libraries and digital collections (Greenstone), (4) Webpage programming (XHTML, CSS), (5) website design and development (Adobe Dreamweaver, Kompozer), (6) data analysis and entities modeling (Weka, OWL), (7) interactive web applications programming (Javascript, PHP), (8) interactive multimedia programming (Actionscript), (9) software design and implementation (Java), and (10) mobile applications software development (Android). The minimum requirement for graduation is the completion of 20 Subject area elective modules. Each student will follow a personalized Study plan which will be developed in collaboration with his Academic Advisor. Students will have the option of focusing on one or more of the Subject Areas, choosing which modules can be most appropriate in their case. The “successful completion of 12 or more modules” in a Subject Area, will be emphasized on the Degree accordingly. The benefit of this option is the more specialized training provided for the Subject Area, which is of vital importance for students who wish to pursue a postgraduate study programme related to the Subject Area, as well as for their professional career. However, successful completion of the requirements of a Subject Area does not certify proficiency in a particular profession (this is not the objective of the Degree in Communication and Internet Studies). Alternatively, students will be free to design their Individual Study plan with emphasis on more Subject Areas. The Subject Area Modules can be found in Table 3.

 

  • Fourth Component: Elective Modules   (6 modules / 30 ECTS)                    

Elective modules are included in the curriculum to give students the opportunity to enhance their education, without limitation, by choosing modules from any Department (or Language Center) of the University, at any level. Modules, which are open as Elective Modules, are announced during the semester’s enrollment period by the Service for Academic Affairs and Student Welfare.

 

Attendance Timetable

The normal duration of the course is eight semesters of full-time attendance (six modules /30 ECTS per semester). Compulsory Key Modules and four of the six Compulsory Language Modules (one Greek language module and three English language modules) will be offered in specific semesters. The Subject Area Elective Modules will be offered in a coherent time sequence based on academic availability, available resources for external teaching staff, and student needs. 

Students will be able to enroll in these modules at any semester of study, provided that there is room in their Individual Study plan and in consultation with their Academic Advisor. Same is applicable for the Compulsory Third Language Modules and Elective Modules.

SEMESTER MODULES

Direction Ι: Internet and Society (Cluster I.Α. – Internet & Power & Cluster I.Β. – Journalism and Digital Media)

 

Α/Α

Course Type

Course Name

Course Code

Number of ECTS

1st Semester

1.

Core Req.

Introduction to Social Sciences

CIS 101

5

2.

Core Req.

Communication Theory

CIS 102

5

3.

Core Req.

Introduction to Νew Μedia

CIS 103

5

4.

Core Req.

Computer and Internet Technologies

CIS 107

5

5.

Core Req.

Statistics for Social Sciences

CIS 164

5

6.

Language Req.

Greek for Academic Purposes

LCE 668

5

2nd Semester

1.

Core Req.

Social Psychology

ΕΣΔ 104

5

2.

Cluster Req.

European History & Mass Communication History

ΕΣΔ 108

5

3.

Core Req.

Introduction Social Science Research Methods

ΕΣΔ 109

5

4.

Core Req.

Content Creation

ΕΣΔ 166

5

5.

Limited Elect.

Selection from Table Α*

 

5

6.

Language Req.

English for Communication Studies I

LCE 110

5

3rd Semester

1.

Core Req.

Introduction to the Information Society

CIS 205

5

2.

Cluster Req.

Critical Media Theory

CIS 206

5

3.

Core Req.

Research Methods in Communication I: Quantitative Analysis

CIS 207

5

4.

Limited Elect.

Selection from Table Α*

 

5

5.

Language Req.

Selection from Table IV (Language Level Ι)

 

5

6.

Language Req.

English for Communication Studies ΙΙ

LCE 211

5

* Selection is limited to courses with codes CIS 1xx, CIS 2xx and IMC 1xx and IMC 2xx

4th Semester

1.

Cluster Req.

Digital Communication Culture

CIS 203

5

2.

Cluster Req.

Introduction to Political Science

CIS 210

5

3.

Core Req.

Research Methods in Communication II: Qualitative Analysis

CIS 208

5

4.

Cluster Req.

Principles of Journalism

CIS 220

5

5.

Language Req.

Selection from Table IV (Language Level ΙΙ)

 

5

6.

Language Req.

English for Communication Studies ΙΙΙ

LCE 212

6

5th Semester

1.

Cluster Req.

Political Communication Strategy

CIS 303

5

2.

Core Req.

Search in the Internet and Social Media

CIS 306

5

3.

Cluster Req.

Reporting and Writing Fundamentals

CIS 320

5

4.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

5.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

6.

Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

6th Semester

1.

Core Req.

Internship Program*

CIS 409

5

2.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

3.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.A or Table Ι.B

 

5

4.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.A or Table Ι.B

 

5

5.

Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

6.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

* If the Internship Program lasts more than 13 weeks and it is done within the Erasmus program abroad it could be credited with more ECTS, up to a maximum of 8.

7th Semester

1.

Core Req.

Research Design

CIS 407

5

2.

Cluster Req.

Public Opinion

CIS 478

5

3.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

4.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

5.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

6.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

8th Semester

1.

Cluster Elect.

Bachelor's Thesis (or 3 courses from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β.)

 

15

2.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

3

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

4.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

 

Table A: Limited Electives – Direction I*

Course Code

Title

CIS 108

Software and Problem Solving

CIS 202

Content Management

CIS 204

New Media, Design and Learning

CIS 240

Human-Centered Design

CIS 250

Scripting Languages with Python

CIS 340

Human-Computer Interaction

CIS 350

Web Design & Development

CIS  456

Information Retrieval and Search Engines

IMC 101

Principles of Marketing and Communication

IMC106

Principles of Advertising and Integrated Communication

IMC 108

Integrated Marketing Communication

IMC 201

Consumer Behavior

IMC 204

Online Advertising and Communication

IMC 205

Introduction to Public Relations

IMC 322

Impression Marketing

IMC 324

Five Senses Marketing

IMC 325

Special Issues on Advertising

IMC 424

Electronic Marketing and Public Relations

* Limited Electives for Direction I are the Cluster Requirements of Direction II and the IMC courses

 

 

Table Ι.Α: Cluster Electives - Cluster Ι.Α. Internet and Power

Course Code

Title

CIS 314

Politics and the Internet

CIS 316

Introduction to Cultural Studies

CIS 317

Social Movements

CIS 382

Social Problems

CIS 385

Internet and Society

CIS  416

Big Data and Algorithms: Social Implications and Research Methods

CIS  418

Political Parties and Elections

CIS  482

Social Deviance

CIS  486

Thematic Seminar Cluster Ι.Α.

 

Table Ι.B: Cluster Electives - Cluster Ι.B. Journalism and Digital Media

Course Code

Title

CIS  322

The Media in Cyprus

CIS  324

Data Journalism

CIS  327

Multimedia Journalism

CIS  329

Digital Journalism

CIS  372

Introduction to Sound Production

CIS  374

Alternative Media

CIS  383

Media Ethics and Regulation

CIS  426

Investigative Journalism

CIS  471

Radio Production – Digital Radio

CIS  487

Thematic Seminar Cluster Ι.Β

 

Table ΙII: Free Electives Offered by Other Departments:

These courses are announced by each department at the beginning of each semester.

 

Table ΙV: Language Courses Offered by the Language Center – Levels Ι & ΙΙ

Course Code

Title

LCE 610

German Ι

LCE 611

German ΙΙ

LCE 620

French Ι

LCE 621

French ΙΙ

LCE 630

Spanish Ι

LCE 631

Spanish ΙΙ

LCE 640

Italian Ι

LCE 641

Italian ΙΙ

LCE 650

Russian Ι

LCE 651

Russian ΙΙ

 

 

DIRECTION ΙΙ – Information Technologies (Cluster II.A. – Design for Social Impact & Cluster II.B. – Internet and Web Technologies)

 

Α/Α

Course Type

Course Name

Course Code

Number of ECTS

1st Semester

1.

Core Req.

Introduction to Social Sciences

CIS 101

5

2.

Core Req.

Communication Theory

CIS 102

5

3.

Core Req.

Introduction to Νew Μedia

CIS 103

5

4.

Core Req.

Computer and Internet Technologies

CIS 107

5

5.

Core Req.

Statistics for Social Sciences

CIS 164

5

6.

Language Req.

Greek for Academic Purposes

LCE 668

5

2nd Semester

1.

Core Req.

Social Psychology

ΕΣΔ 104

5

2.

Cluster Req.

European History & Mass Communication History

ΕΣΔ 108

5

3.

Core Req.

Introduction Social Science Research Methods

ΕΣΔ 109

5

4.

Core Req.

Content Creation

ΕΣΔ 166

5

5.

Limited Elect.

Selection from Table Α*

 

5

6.

Language Req.

English for Communication Studies I

LCE 110

5

3rd Semester

1.

Core Req.

Introduction to the Information Society

CIS 205

5

2.

Cluster Req.

Critical Media Theory

CIS 206

5

3.

Core Req.

Research Methods in Communication I: Quantitative Analysis

CIS 207

5

4.

Limited Elect.

Selection from Table Α*

 

5

5.

Language Req.

Selection from Table IV (Language Level Ι)

 

5

6.

Language Req.

English for Communication Studies ΙΙ

LCE 211

5

* Selection is limited to courses with codes CIS 1xx, CIS 2xx and IMC 1xx and IMC 2xx

4th Semester

1.

Cluster Req.

Digital Communication Culture

CIS 203

5

2.

Cluster Req.

Introduction to Political Science

CIS 210

5

3.

Core Req.

Research Methods in Communication II: Qualitative Analysis

CIS 208

5

4.

Cluster Req.

Principles of Journalism

CIS 220

5

5.

Language Req.

Selection from Table IV (Language Level ΙΙ)

 

5

6.

Language Req.

English for Communication Studies ΙΙΙ

LCE 212

6

5th Semester

1.

Cluster Req.

Political Communication Strategy

CIS 303

5

2.

Core Req.

Search in the Internet and Social Media

CIS 306

5

3.

Cluster Req.

Reporting and Writing Fundamentals

CIS 320

5

4.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

5.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

6.

Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

6th Semester

1.

Core Req.

Internship Program*

CIS 409

5

2.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

3.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.A or Table Ι.B

 

5

4.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.A or Table Ι.B

 

5

5.

Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

6.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

* If the Internship Program lasts more than 13 weeks and it is done within the Erasmus program abroad it could be credited with more ECTS, up to a maximum of 8.

7th Semester

1.

Core Req.

Research Design

CIS 407

5

2.

Cluster Req.

Public Opinion

CIS 478

5

3.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

4.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

5.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

6.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

8th Semester

1.

Cluster Elect.

Bachelor's Thesis (or 3 courses from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β.)

 

15

2.

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

3

Cluster Elect.

Selection from Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β

 

5

4.

Limited Elect. / Cluster Elect. / Free Elect.

Selection from Table Α or Table Ι.Α or Table Ι.Β or Table ΙΙΙ

 

5

 

Table B: Limited Electives – Direction II*

Course Code

Title

CIS 105

European History and Mass Communication History

CIS 203

Digital Communication Culture

CIS 206

Critical Media Theory

CIS 210

Introduction to Political Science

CIS 220

Principles of Journalism

CIS 303

Political Communication Strategy

CIS 320

Reporting and Writing Fundamentals

CIS 478

Public Opinion

IMC 101

Principles of Marketing and Communication

IMC106

Principles of Advertising and Integrated Communication

IMC 108

Integrated Marketing Communication

IMC 201

Consumer Behavior

IMC 204

Online Advertising and Communication

IMC 205

Introduction to Public Relations

IMC 322

Impression Marketing

IMC 324

Five Senses Marketing

IMC 325

Special Issues on Advertising

IMC 424

Electronic Marketing and Public Relations

* Limited Electives for Direction II are the Cluster Requirements of Direction I and the IMC courses

 

 

Table ΙI.Α: Cluster Electives - Cluster IΙ.Α. Design for Social Impact

Course Code

Title

CIS 341

Digital Games and Communication

CIS 373

Visual Communication and Culture

CIS 375

Data Visualization

CIS 384

Creative Documentary

CIS 444

Literacy in the Digital Communication Environment

CIS 473

Collective Intelligence

CIS 474

Persuasive Technologies

CIS 488

Thematic Seminar Cluster ΙΙ.Α.

 

Table IΙ.B: Cluster Electives - Cluster IΙ.B. Internet and Web Technologies

Course Code

Title

CIS 351

Object Oriented Programming

CIS 352

Advanced Programming Concepts

CIS 353

Interactive Multimedia I

CIS 354

Interactive Websites

CIS 416

Big Data and Algorithms: Social Implications and Research Methods

CIS 453

Interactive Multimedia II

CIS 454

Visual Content for the New Media

CIS 458

Internet of Things and Mobile Applications

CIS 459

Natural Language Processing

CIS 485

Social Network Analysis

CIS 489

Thematic Seminar Cluster ΙΙ.Β.

 

Table ΙII: Free Electives Offered by Other Departments:

These courses are announced by each department at the beginning of each semester.

 

Table ΙV: Language Courses Offered by the Language Center – Levels Ι & ΙΙ

Course Code

Title

LCE 610

German Ι

LCE 611

German ΙΙ

LCE 620

French Ι

LCE 621

French ΙΙ

LCE 630

Spanish Ι

LCE 631

Spanish ΙΙ

LCE 640

Italian Ι

LCE 641

Italian ΙΙ

LCE 650

Russian Ι

LCE 651

Russian ΙΙ

 

ENTRANCE EXAMS (NATIONAL EXAMS - COURSES)

TABLE 27 

COMPULSORY (2)

ELECTIVE (2)

  1. Greek
  2. Mathematics Advance or Mathematics Common

 

 

 

 

 

  • Physics 
  • Biology 
  • History 
  • Ancient Greek 
  • English or English 4h Τech.Sch. or French or other foregn language*
  • Economics 
  • Accounting
  • Computer Science 
  • Design and Technology or Technology Tech. Sch. (Th. Dir) or Technology Tech. Sch. (Pract. Dir) 
  • Fine Arts 
  • Graphic Arts

* German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Turkish

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