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 3 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Cairns
Online
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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 45% 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 2019 Student Evaluation comments
Feedback
Feedback was received around timetabling of on-campus classes which could have contributed to low class numbers.
Recommendation
It is recommended to request class times within standard business hours to encourage student attendance.
Action Taken
Class times within standard business hours were requested.
Source: Term 1 2019 Student Evaluation comments
Feedback
Students commented that weekly unit content was set out clearly and easy to refer back to during assessment.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain the current structure of the Moodle page.
Action Taken
Moodle structure was maintained.
Source: Term 1 2019 Student Evaluation comments
Feedback
Students commented that the assessment tasks required some additional clarification.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the assessment requirements be reviewed and updated where necessary to ensure clarity in future offerings.
Action Taken
Assessment requirements were reviewed and updated to ensure clarity.
Source: Term 1 2019 Student Evaluation comments
Feedback
Students commented that the videos were concise, engaging and easy to understand.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain the current style of clear, concise videos.
Action Taken
Clear, concise video content was maintained.
Source: Term 1 2020 Student Evaluation comments
Feedback
Students commented around the consistent communication from the lecturer and the effectiveness of the short weekly videos.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain consistent communication from the lecturer and continue producing short weekly videos.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Term 1 2020 Student Evaluation comments
Feedback
Students commented on the clear explanation provided around the assessment including feedback which will help in future units.
Recommendation
It is recommended to maintain clear explanations around assessment including in-depth feedback which would help in future units.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Term 1 2020 Student Evaluation comments
Feedback
Students commented on the possibility of more zoom sessions later in the week due to work commitments.
Recommendation
It is recommended to investigate scheduling further zoom sessions to be held later in the week in future offerings, depending on student attendance.
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