JOUR12010 - Feature Writing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit develops advanced journalism writing skills. It covers research, editorial and column writing, and techniques for profiles and human interest features. Students will produce several features for assessment.


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: COMM11007 or JOUR 12039.

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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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 41.38% 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: Annual course enhancement and staff discussions.
On-campus attendance was very low despite students indicating they would attend. Overall performance and engagement by and between students is better in distance cohort, which is reflected in results.
On-campus classes will no longer be available due to repeated non-attendance by students (eg. only two attend when 10 are enrolled). All students will be required to enrol online for better class management and more opportunities to engage with staff and peers. All students will be mentored by the Unit Coordinator.
Action Taken
Unit was online only in 2018. This saw an improvement across the board in satisfaction and outcomes.
Source: Student evaluation comments, Term 2 2017
Public drafting was appreciated by students.
Continue the approach that requires/encourages students to submit drafted sections to public forum for feedback by staff and peers.
Action Taken
This approach was retained.
Source: 'Have your Say' evaluation, Term 2 2018.
Overall approach to feedback was excellent.
It is recommended that we retain the approach to feedback, including audio feedback and public drafting.
Action Taken
Source: 'Have your Say' evaluation, Term 2 2018.
Authentic learning approach was appreciated by students, even though they commented that expectations were high.
It is recommended that the overall approach to 'publishable standard as an HD' be retained.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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