LITR11055 - Popular Genres

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will be introduced to the study of film, TV and other media by examining theories and practices associated with genres including crime and fantasy, and modes of representation such as realism. By learning to apply basic semiotic analysis to selected texts, you will examine the ways in which popular genres both reflect and construct the meaning of contemporary life, and you will explore how these genres both challenge and support normative ideologies as well as model everyday behaviour. This unit functions as an introduction to more advanced studies in literary and cultural studies.

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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 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. Written Assessment 20%
2. Presentation 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The unit was fun and the assignments where interesting to write. I wouldn't change a thing.
Recommendation
Maintain the balance between making the unit interesting ('fun') and challenging.
Action Taken
Maintain this balance of creativity and critical reflection
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
A textbook would be more useful than pdfs and easier to navigate and relocate.
Recommendation
A textbook is likely to be added to the in 2019.
Action Taken
A textbook will definitely be added in 2020.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
I would have been more confident completing my assessments if there were clearer guidelines. It would be advantageous if there were more examples or sample papers provided to guide learning on assessments.
Recommendation
The unit coordinator will ensure that assessment guideline are made clearer, although exemplars for each assignment are provide already.
Action Taken
Sample papers, exemplars and clear guidelines are provided but perhaps a "step by step" model is required to make required processes even clearer.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The Moodle site was a little unorganised.
Recommendation
Work is underway to make the Moodle site easier to navigate by creating a Learning Activities tab that clarifies the steps to understanding the weekly topic.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
The zoom sessions overlapped with other subjects and I was unable to attend
Recommendation
Unfortunately, there is no perfect time to hold a Zoom session. However, they are recorded and made available to be viewed at any time.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Need more explanation of how to structure assessment pieces, especially for first year students.
Recommendation
Exemplars and "how to" guides are provided but more resources along these lines are in development.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise the defining elements of various popular genres and analyse the significance of these elements in particular texts
  2. Articulate the ways in which popular genres both affirm and subvert the 'norms' of culture, and function as sites of contestation over the meanings, values and ideologies represented within them
  3. Demonstrate advanced skills in reading, research and textual analysis
  4. Show increased confidence and competence in written, oral, on-line and group communication skills using the vocabulary of concepts provided by the unit.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment