units

ATS2790

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitJournalism
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Mr William Birnbauer

Synopsis

The unit provides the essential tools and learnings required to research and write in a variety of feature styles. Students will be taught to identify and use multiple literary devices to produce compelling print and online feature journalism.
The unit critically considers the implications for journalists of ethical and legal issues and different modes of audience engagement and authorial positioning. Contact the unit coordinator for details.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an ability to identify and research a story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate research and audio-visual ancillary material in the print feature genre
  2. demonstrate an ability to report in a clear, concise, accurate and engaging way using a variety of narrative conventions with audio-visual support in a coherent package
  3. identify, observe key ethical and legal obligations associated with feature journalism, and reflect critically on their own and others' performance in this regard
  4. work independently and collaboratively in learning and production processes, including online forums, to produce feature reports
  5. demonstrate an ability to set and meet deadlines, and report under pressure
  6. demonstrate an awareness of local, national and international people and events relevant to current issues and media issues
  7. demonstrate a critical awareness of the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of journalistic practices in the textual medium.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Prerequisites

Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two first-year level units in Journalism.

Prohibitions