COMM11007 - Media Writing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This introductory unit will develop student writing skills and apply those skills to the formats expected in the media industry. Students will learn how to differentiate media genres through audience and channel, and select appropriate techniques to produce professional documents suitable for publication or broadcast in traditional and online media. This unit introduces media writing skills, which contribute to the skills required in professional communication practice.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
Class Timetable View Unit Timetable
Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Cairns
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Townsville

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

This information will not be available until 8 weeks before term.
To see assessment details from an earlier availability, please search via a previous term.

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

To view Past Exams, please login
Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.89% response rate.

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.

Source: Comments, Student evaluation Term 2 2017. Reviewed Course Enhancement Meeting, Dec 2017.
Feedback
Students noted they enjoyed the scaffolded assessment, opportunity for peer review, and support by/engagement with staff.
Recommendation
Maintain approach to assessment, peer review, and staff engagement.
Action Taken
Maintained approach to assessment, peer review, and staff engagement.
Source: Comments, Student evaluation Term 2 2017. Reviewed Course Enhancement Meeting, Dec 2017.
Feedback
Orientation to technology required could be improved.
Recommendation
Identify specific helpful videos that assist students learning about technology.
Action Taken
Provided in-depth feedback and support over the course of the term to students unfamiliar with required technology.
Source: Comments, Student evaluation Term 2 2017. Reviewed Course Enhancement Meeting, Dec 2017.
Feedback
Students enjoyed the assessment and the fact that it was well-scaffolded. A few commented that it was at times overwhelming, and having a better idea of the big picture at the beginning of the unit would have assisted them.
Recommendation
Include overview of all assessment and how it fits together at the beginning of the unit.
Action Taken
Discussed how the unit content applies to assessment throughout the course of the term and provided individual support where necessary.
Source: Student Evaluation Feedback 2018
Feedback
Students commented on the availability of the unit coordinator to provide support and guidance.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain the same approach to lesson structure and accessibility, specifically around assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation Feedback 2018
Feedback
Students commented on the practicality of the unit and how it enhanced their writing skills, as well the relevance of the supplementary materials.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain the core content of the unit and continued inclusion of relevant supplementary materials, including testimony from industry professionals.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation Feedback 2018
Feedback
Student questioned the relevance and necessity of the textbook.
Recommendation
It is recommended to reinforce throughout the unit which text is mandatory and which is supplementary.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
This information will not be available until 8 weeks before term.
To see Learning Outcomes from an earlier availability, please search via a previous term.