Course Title: Features and Storytelling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Features and Storytelling

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2641

City Campus

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018

COMM2696

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Viet1 2016,
Viet1 2017,
Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018

COMM2742

Melbourne transfer to Vietnam

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Antonio Castillo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5216

Course Coordinator Email: antonio.castillorojas@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 4 Room 55

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

BP220 Students: Successful completion of COMM2654 Journalism Ethics, Law and Power

OR

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information:  Credit at RMIT


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the planning, research, writing and story telling skills necessary to produce effective long-form, feature and feature-style journalism. You will develop your knowledge of feature-writing styles, including news features and profiles, and techniques used by journalists to produce features suitable for a range of print and online publications.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course aligns with the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop practical and technical skills to quickly adapt to current and future changes in the industry
  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in journalism in which to base your professional practice or future study. 

For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Communication - Professional Communication (BP222), you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Plan, produce and evaluate innovative content, optimizing uses of technology that meets the needs of diverse stakeholders in an international environment
  • Communicate using diverse formats and strategies to audiences within and external to your discipline.

 


Course Learning Outcomes

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

  • Examine and discuss the principles of feature writing appropriate for cross platform delivery.
  • Generate and pitch feature story ideas based on a broad knowledge of news and current affairs.
  • Undertake the research and planning necessary to create long-form journalism.
  • Produce a range of features, including news features and profiles, to meet specified deadlines and formats.
  • Apply professional writing standards across a range of platforms.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.


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 Journalism students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies: http://rmit.libguides.com/journalism

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 may include reports, reflective papers, creative projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

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 Equitable Learning Services 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 and exams.