units

ATS3645

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Philip Chubb

Notes

Previously coded JCS3603

Synopsis

This unit provides students with a thorough, critical introduction to the quantitative and qualitative methodologies of research in the social sciences for journalistic purposes, with an emphasis on computer-assisted research. Topics covered include introductory statistics, accessing and using databases in Australia, Europe and North America, archival and documentary research, memory and oral history, analysis of financial statements and company records, epidemiology, focus groups and interviewing.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students should be able to

  1. demonstrate a superior knowledge and critical capacity to make effective usage of a range of social science research methodologies
  2. demonstrate an advanced ability to use, discuss and analyse research and methodological techniques and approaches in a clear, concise and rigorous way
  3. collaborate constructively with fellow students in learning and discussion processes, including online forums
  4. produce their written work to deadline making effective use of the conventions of scholarly presentation (references, bibliography, etc)
  5. work independently and in groups to achieve their learning outcomes
  6. demonstrate a critical awareness of the strengths, limitations and socio-professional implications of scientific research practices for journalism

Assessment

Minimum requirement: attendance and participation as specified in the Unit Guide for the mode of delivery.
Minor project (1500 words): 30%
Class presentation and report (500 words): 20%
Major project (2500 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Philip Chubb

Contact hours

1-hour lecture per week
1-hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Journalism studies
Journalism

Prerequisites

ATS2784

Prohibitions

ATS2645