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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.


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

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile

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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.44% 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: Student evaluation
Some students, particularly Digital Media students, felt that the assignments were confusing and lacked written instructions.
It is recommended that the prerequisite of JOUR11005 be added to the unit.
Action Taken
A pre-requisite of JOUR11005 was added to the unit.
Source: Professional communication planning day, December 2017.
The handbook description may benefit from a revamp and the unit itself requires updating.
It is recommended that the unit be reviewed for potential updates.
Action Taken
The unit was given a minor refresh and update. A new unit coordinator was appointed and the unit is undergoing a more extensive update for Term 2, 2019.
Source: Student Evaluation
Students noted that exemplars of the assignments would have been helpful to set and manage expectations.
It is recommended that exemplars be provided where applicable, and that assessment tasks are updated to be as clear as possible.
Action Taken
Source: Student Evaluation
Students thought the unit was engaging and at times quite fun.
It is recommended that the unit content and format remain relevant with real-world integration.
Action Taken
Source: Staff Observation
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.
It is recommended that elements of the Navigating Social Journalism reading be integrated as an additional resource to complement the existing textbook.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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