Course Title: Understanding Journalism

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Understanding Journalism

Credit Points: 24


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

COMM2657

City Campus

Undergraduate

345H Media and Communication

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Josie Vine

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3596

Course Coordinator Email: josie.vine@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will acquire and develop knowledge of the history and the role of journalism in democratic societies. You will also be introduced to practical journalistic activities, including news pitches, news gathering and writing. This course prepares you for more advanced journalism courses by exploring journalism’s basic functions, and best professional practices, and how they converge in the modern newsroom.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Investigate and examine the history and foundational theories underpinning journalism practice.
  • Examine of the role of journalism and journalists in democratic societies.
  • Apply news gathering skills including interviewing, document gathering and identifiying news sources.
  • Apply foundational news writing skills to produce news stories for diverse print media.
  • Reflect on and explain decisions made within a journalistic context.


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

  • Discuss and analyse major evolving global and local news events.
  • Develop practical and technical skills to adapt quickly to changes in the journalism industry.
  • Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge and specific skills in media and communication, particularly in journalism, in which to base your professional practice or future study.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline of journalism.
     


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 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment