COMM12016 - Media Industries

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit aims to provide you with a range of contemporary perspectives on Australian and international media industries. It analyses political and social contexts, important issues such as media ownership and diversity, courses and independence, as well as identifying professional and technological changes in media practices and organisations. The unit encourages an understanding of the institutions and industries in which media practitioners work and demonstrates how journalists work outside established news organisations through social journalism. As an important part of journalistic practice, the unit also promotes research, verification and writing skills (both in an online and offline context) in order to further your training and awareness.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Minimum of 36 credit points

Prerequisite: JOUR11005

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Rockhampton

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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 20%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 45%

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

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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: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Students noted that exemplars of the assignments would have been helpful to set and manage expectations.
Recommendation
It is recommended that exemplars be provided where applicable, and that assessment tasks are updated to be as clear as possible.
Action Taken
Exemplars and/or outline templates are provided for all assessments. Assessment task wording was updated across the board and edited for clarity.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Students thought the unit was engaging and at times quite fun.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the unit content and format remain relevant with real-world integration.
Action Taken
The unit content and format remained real-world and relevant.
Source: Staff Observation
Feedback
The unit could be better integrated with COMM11008’s social change elements, building on journalism and social change themes to better align with real-world graduate outcomes.
Recommendation
It is recommended that elements of the Navigating Social Journalism reading be integrated as an additional resource to complement the existing textbook.
Action Taken
Navigating Social Journalism was added as a textbook, and one of the unit's three modules now focuses on Social Journalism.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the practical nature of assessments, and the simple way requirements were explained.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the current assessment format remains, with a focus on real-world tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students commented that the Unit Coordinator was engaging and quick to respond to queries.
Recommendation
It is recommended that teaching staff maintain a focus on student engagement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse examples of contemporary journalistic practice in Australian and international contexts
  2. Review coverage of controversial current affairs in the mediasphere
  3. Critically evaluate the effect of social media and technological development on media industry practices and ethics, with a social journalism focus.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
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
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment