JOUR11005 - Introduction to Journalism

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to historical, social and political contexts of journalistic practice. Topics covered include the history of ‘journalism’ in western and eastern cultures, a number of different genres of journalism, journalism as an institution, and media ethics. You will also consider the future of journalism and reflect on examples of best (and worst) practice as part of the unit.

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.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Group Discussion 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60.87% 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: Term 1 2017 "Have Your Say" survey
Feedback
Lecturer engagement was excellent.
Recommendation
It is recommended the Unit Coordinator and lecturers continue to maintain individualised engagement with students.
Action Taken
Maintained individualised engagement with students.
Source: Term 1 2017 "Have Your Say" survey
Feedback
The assessment was challenging but rewarding.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue the unit design with Discovery Project and news analysis.
Action Taken
Continued with Discovery Project and News Analysis Assessment.
Source: Term 1 2017 "Have Your Say" survey
Feedback
The groupwork element was well managed, although some students did not participate.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue the groupwork element of the assessment, and provide more detailed instruction of individual expectations of group members in order to encourage engagement. Provide an opportunity through the Self and Peer Assessment tool for students to report other group members who do not contribute equally to the task.
Action Taken
Continued with group work element and provided more detailed instructions around the expectations of group members.
Source: Professional Communication planning days, December 2017.
Feedback
Revise currency of material.
Recommendation
It is recommended to update some sections of the unit material that have changed during the year, for example media ownership legislation, and trends in media analysis using Google analytics.
Action Taken
Updated sections of the unit material in line with changes including media ownership, media analysis and current industry trends.
Source: Term 1 2018 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Students commented that the modules were laid out in a very organised manner which assisted during assessment.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain Moodle unit design for future terms.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Term 1 2018 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Students commented on the strong links between the unit content and assessment pieces and how much they enjoyed the tasks.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain relevant unit content with strong links to the assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Term 1 2018 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
Students questioned the validity of the group element of the assessments, given they could work individually just as effectively.
Recommendation
It is recommended to provide further support around the requirements of group assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Term 1 2018 Student Evaluation comments.
Feedback
One student commented on whether the lecture material would be made available in PDF.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain current layout for future units to allow student access on all mobile devices.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the social and historical development of journalism from a range of cultural perspectives
  2. Explain differences between journalism genres and the way in which genre influences journalistic practice
  3. Critique and discuss issues relevant to journalistic practice in a contemporary media environment

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
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
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion