Course Title: Inside the Industry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Inside the Industry

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2459

City Campus

Undergraduate

345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Penny Johnson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4383

Course Coordinator Email: penny.johnson@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course assists your transition into the workforce by providing you with a comprehensive overview of the publishing industry. You will explore different areas of the industry and identify issues and trends that affect employment opportunities through a combination of classes, guest lectures, industry forums and individual investigation. There is a focus on building a sustainable career as a writer and/or editor. The course also prepares you for further study through developing your industry research and writing skills.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • identify different areas of the industry and employment opportunities offered in each of these
  • investigate industry trends and discuss issues that affect employment
  • articulate your skills and assess the area(s) of the industry in which they could best be used
  • create a personal career plan
  • communicate effectively within a professional context.


Program Learning Outcomes

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • identify, analyse and reflect on relevant trends in writing and publishing in both local and international contexts
  • communicate effectively to audiences within relevant creative and professional contexts around writing, editing and publishing.


Overview of Learning Activities

A key component of this course involves a series of guest lectures and forums hosted by professionals from all areas of the publishing industry. By participating in these sessions you will gain insight into the many roles available to those interested in a career in writing, editing or publishing. Through discussion and independent investigation you will identify employment opportunities that exist in the industry.

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • lectures, which provide the framework for exploring different areas of the industry and developing the skills required to obtain and manage a successful career
  • guest lectures from specialist industry speakers
  • industry forums and events
  • independent investigation and study, working through the course requirements as presented in classes, online and through learning materials.
     


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Professional Writing and Editing students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies http://rmit.libguides.com/wcprp.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment may include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, assignments, and individual/group projects.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: Assessment Policy

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Industry investigation project (50%)

You are required to investigate an aspect of the publishing or communications industry, and prepare a paper that will be presented to the class.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • identify different areas of the industry and employment opportunities offered in each of these
  • investigate industry trends and discuss issues that affect employment
  • communicate effectively within a professional context.

This assessment will cover the following program learning outcomes:

  • identify, analyse and reflect on relevant trends in writing and publishing in both local and international contexts
  • communicate effectively to audiences within relevant creative and professional contexts around writing, editing and publishing.

Assessment Task 2: Career skills assignment (20%)

You will create a social media professional profile and a career plan, and take part in a simulated job interview.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • articulate your skills and assess the area(s) of the industry in which they could best be used
  • create a personal career plan
  • communicate effectively within a professional context.

This assessment will cover the following program learning outcomes:

  • communicate effectively to audiences within relevant creative and professional contexts around writing, editing and publishing.

Assessment Task 3: Industry event (30%)

You will work collaboratively to organise a small-scale industry event related to a relevant aspect of the publishing or communications industry.

This assessment will cover the following course learning outcomes:

  • investigate industry trends and identify issues that affect employment
  • communicate effectively within a professional context.

This assessment will cover the following program learning outcome:

  • identify, analyse and reflect on relevant trends in writing and publishing in both local and international contexts.