CQUniversity Unit Profile
COMM13110 Journalism Project
Journalism Project
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General Information

Overview

This unit gives you an opportunity to undertake a project of your choice in the Journalism discipline in which you have already done a substantial amount of study. The project is flexible and is designed by students in consultation with academic and workplace supervisors. It may involve academic research into Journalism practice or a professional work placement with an approved organisation (minimum 120 hours). Academic and workplace supervisors will work with students to devise assessment tasks that will meet negotiated and specific project learning outcomes.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Students must have completed 48 credit points prior to taking this unit

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 10%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have Your Say student evaluation

Feedback

The choice of either a Research Project or a work placement was appreciated - especially the option of the research project for those students who did not want to do a work placement, or who were unable to secure a work placement because of COVID lockdown.

Recommendation

It is recommended to continue offering a choice in the assessment (work placement or research project), to best meet the needs of a variety of student cohorts.

Feedback from Have Your Say student evaluation

Feedback

Research project needed more guidance.

Recommendation

It is recommended to include additional material about expected structure and format of the research project, beyond the use of exemplars, to ensure that students can make an informed decision about which assessment to choose, and to ensure there is sufficient academic guidance as students complete the research element.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop objectives and criteria for a Journalism project proposal
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and relevant skill of Journalism practice at a graduate level
  3. Produce an e-portfolio to a professional standard
  4. Apply knowledge of Journalism theory and practice at a graduate level
  5. Critically reflect on Journalism practice.

N/A

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 10%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 10%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Celeste Lawson Unit Coordinator
c.lawson@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 12 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Select work placement, media project or research topic and discuss project with Unit Lead or academic supervisor.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Select and discuss project topic with supervisor

Week 2 Begin Date: 19 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Write proposal about the work placement, media project or research topic.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 26 Jul 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Proposal Due: Week 3 Friday (30 Jul 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 4 Begin Date: 02 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Project Discussion (Zoom)

Week 5 Begin Date: 09 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 16 Aug 2021

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 23 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

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Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7 Begin Date: 30 Aug 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

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Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 06 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

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Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 13 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

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Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 20 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

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Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11 Begin Date: 27 Sep 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

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Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12 Begin Date: 04 Oct 2021

Module/Topic

Work placement, media project or research topic.

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Oct 2021

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Project Due: Review/Exam Week Tuesday (12 Oct 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Critical Reflection Due: Review/Exam Week Tuesday (12 Oct 2021) 5:00 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 18 Oct 2021

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information

WORD COUNT for written assignments:
The word count is considered to be from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. It excludes the cover page, abstract, contents page, reference page and appendices. It includes in-text references and direct quotations.

In COMM13110 (and other COMM units), paraphrasing of information is preferred rather than the use of direct quotations.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Proposal

Task Description

You will choose one of three options: a work placement; creating a media product; or a research paper, all in the journalism or media field. The work placement consists of 120 hours of supervised work and is assessed by a portfolio of evidence. The media product is the development of an artefact consisting of 120 hours of work, and is assessed by submission of the artefact, and a portfolio of evidence of production. The research paper is a 6,000 word dissertation on a negotiated journalism or media-related topic. Full details of each option are outlined in Assessment 2.

Assessment 1 (the Proposal) outlines your selected option, and consists of a proposal as to how the option (work placement or media product or research paper) will be achieved within the Term's time frame.

For this assessment, you will:

1) Submit a short document that provides an overview of your project (by the end of Week 3) (500 words maximum); PLUS

2) Participate in an online Zoom session in Week 4 to discuss your project with staff and peers, using a single Powerpoint slide which summarises your proposal.

The zoom session will be conducted at a time negotiated with the Unit Lead.

a) The proposal document must be succinct - no more than 500 words. Details relating to format and expected use of headings is on Moodle. You will also be expected to nominate your choice of how Assessment 3 will be completed.

b) Participation in the Zoom session is compulsory. The purpose of this assessment is to get feedback from academic staff as to the scope of your project, and to facilitate conversation about issues and opportunities. It is intended as a formative, open session. If you have a legitimate reason for non-attendance, you will need to negotiate an alternative appointment with the Unit Lead.

c) You may have started your project in consultation with the Unit Lead. You will still be required to participate in this assessment to receive early guidance and feedback about your project.


Assessment Due Date

Week 3 Friday (30 Jul 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

To be submitted via Moodle prior to the Zoom presentation


Return Date to Students

Week 4 Friday (6 Aug 2021)

Results will be provided during the Zoom presentation


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

Projects are assessed on their practicality and feasibility within the Term dates. A recommended format for the proposal is provided on Moodle. It is expected that these elements be included in the submitted document.
Verbal feedback will be provided during the presentation.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Written document submitted as a Word document or PDF.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Develop objectives and criteria for a Journalism project proposal


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Project

Task Description

OPTION 1: WORK PLACEMENT

This involves a work placement in an approved organisation for no less than 120 hours. The organisation must be selected in consultation with the Unit Lead and academic supervisor. You will submit a portfolio of your work as the assessment item.

Portfolio: Every project is different, and the portfolio is evidence of the work you did. Emails, feedback, notes of interviews and meetings, any product you made, could all be submitted as part of this portfolio. Pay attention to the presentation of your portfolio as a professional piece of communication. It must be attractive to look at, professionally presented, and most importantly, be well written.


OPTION 2: MEDIA PRODUCT

This involves producing a media product which demonstrates the application of advanced high-level production skills (e.g. short film, video, radio documentary, book, graphic design product). You will submit the media product and a portfolio of your work as the assessment item.

Portfolio: Every project is different, and the portfolio is evidence of the work you did. The format of the portfolio will depend entirely on the media product being developed. This will be negotiated with the Unit Lead or academic supervisor.

Notes for work placement and media product: Your portfolio needs to be professionally presented and formatted. If possible, have one document that contains your portfolio of work. Your work also needs to be well written, so proofread carefully before you submit.


OPTION 3: RESEARCH PAPER

This involves academically oriented research into a media related topic, resulting in a 6,000 word paper. Examples include a literature review, a content analysis, a detailed case study or a workplace audit. Please refer to the page Information about Research Paper for more detailed information about how to structure a 6,000 word research paper, suggested topics and the expected format. The research paper is an excellent option to choose if you are interested in post-graduate study, or if conducting research and writing research papers is interesting to you. It is also a good option for those students who do not wish to undertake a work placement. Research topics can be very broad and are negotiated between you and your academic supervisor. The research paper will be completed under the supervision of the Unit Lead or other nominated and suitably qualified academic.


Final note: Each project is very different but the ultimate requirement is the same: you need to provide evidence of the work you have done. The specific details of your individual project will be finalised in consultation with the Unit Lead or your allocated supervisor.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Tuesday (12 Oct 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

Early submission is permitted.


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)

Assessment will be graded within two weeks.


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria will depend on whether you have selected a work placement, media product or research paper. Detailed marking rubrics are provided on Moodle.

Specific elements being assessed include:

  • Presentation of portfolio
  • Quality of evidence
  • Writing standard
  • Quality of argument (reflection and research paper)
  • Referencing
  • Attention to requirements of the task


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
All elements are to be submitted as a single document, unless otherwise negotiated.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Demonstrate knowledge and relevant skill of Journalism practice at a graduate level
  • Produce an e-portfolio to a professional standard


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Critical Reflection

Task Description

In this assessment, you will critically reflect on your academic and personal journey during the term.

You will complete a 2,500 word written document that provides an academic and personal reflection of lessons learned during the work placement, media product or research paper.

For example:

Perhaps one of the main lessons you learned related to the communication dynamics between supervisor and staff. Perhaps you felt uncomfortable asking questions and thought the work supervisor lacked clarity in directions. You could make a note of this, and refer to supporting academic texts to identify what you are going to do to avoid this situation when you graduate. There may be three or four related lessons, that could be combined into the one document.

Or perhaps there was an aspect of the assessment (be it the placement, project or research paper) you may have found challenging or frustrating. The critical reflection would include a description of the event, and a reflection of what you have learned about this aspect that you can apply in the future. There may be a series of lessons you have learned during this journey, that can be recorded separately and combined into a 2,500 word document.

Or perhaps it was surprising that the journalism industry is situated as it is, and this has made you think about journalism in a different way. The critical reflection would include a description of the industry,  with references, and a prediction about what this means for journalism into the future. This reflection might end with self-reflection of the professional development yet required for yourself or your career path.


What this assessment is not

This is NOT a diary. There is no need to state 'I did this' or 'I did that'. What is more important is what you learned, and how that lesson will shape your practice into the future. This can be good as well as bad.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Tuesday (12 Oct 2021) 5:00 pm AEST

Submitted as a word document


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (22 Oct 2021)

Marked within two weeks


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

A detailed marking rubric is available on Moodle.

Marking criteria includes:

  • Adherence to word count - may be made up of a number of journal entries, or submitted as a single document
  • Quality of critical reflection
  • Quality of presentation
  • Standard of writing and English
  • Appropriate referencing


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submitted as a word document

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply knowledge of Journalism theory and practice at a graduate level
  • Critically reflect on Journalism practice.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?