Course Title: Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: COMM5918C

Course Title: Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6088 - Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting

Course Contact : Brendan Lee

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:Brendan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: John Reeves
Phone: 9925 4895
Email:  john.reeves@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge develops the knowledge you need to understand and work within the Screenwriting industry. It also gives you the skills to develop and apply basic industry practices within the creative arts industries.  This unit is delivered together with Implement Copyright Arrangements within the course Working in the Industry (A).

At RMIT, the unit Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge (CUHIND201A) is delivered and assessed alongside Implement Copyright Arrangements (CUFCMP301A)


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUFIND201A Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge

Element:

1. source and apply industry information.

Performance Criteria:


Performance criteria 1.1 Seek information on the structure and operation of the creative arts industry.
1.2 Seek information on employment obligations and opportunities from appropriate sources.
1.3 Seek information on new technology affecting the creative arts industry.
1.4 Comply with copyright requirements when accessing information.
1.5 Apply information in day-to-day work activities to enhance quality of work.

Element:

2. Identify industry laws and regulations.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Seek information on laws and regulations affecting the creative process.
2.2 Identify implications of breaching laws and regulations affecting artists and writers.
2.3 Apply information to ensure laws and regulations are not breached.

Element:

3. Update and maintain industry knowledge.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and use a range of opportunities to update knowledge relevant to the creative industries.
3.2 Identify current issues of concern to the creative arts industries.
3.3 Share updated knowledge with colleagues.
3.4 Establish and maintain effective contacts in the creative arts industry.


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to apply relevant information, regulations and laws to working in the creative industries. You will also be able to apply knowledge of copyright to protect creative work.


Details of Learning Activities

You learn through:

1. In-class activities:
• lectures
• industry speakers
• teacher directed group activities/projects
• peer teaching and class presentations
• group discussion

2. Out-of-class activities:
• writing and reading assignments
• online and other research
• independent study


Teaching Schedule

WEEK STARTINGCLASS CONTENTASSESSMENT DUEELEMENTS
Week 1
(7 Feb)
Introduction. Overview of course and discussion of course content. CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
CUFCMP301A - Obtain permission to use copyright material
Week 2
(14 Feb)
Organising forum groups. Identifying key questions. Scope and state of Australian Film, TV and Digital industry.  CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
- Identify industry laws and regulations
CUFCMP301A - Source information on copyright.
Week 3
(21 Feb)
Forum presentation and planning. CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
- Identify industry laws and regulations
Week 4
(28 Feb)
The Screenwriter in today’s industry CUFIND201A. - Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
Week 5
(7 March)
Forum #1:
Guest Speakers
 CUFIND201A- - Identify industry laws and regulations
Week 6
(14 March)
Forum #2:
Guest Speakers
 CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
Week 7
(21 March)
Forum #3:
Guest Speakers
Forum #4:
Guest Speakers
 CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
Week 8
(28 March)
Copyright and Legal Issues for screenwriters CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
CUFCMP301A - Obtain permission to use copyright material.
- Source information on copyright.
Week 9
(4 April)
More on Copyright and Legal Issues for screenwriters: guest speakers CUFCMP301A - Obtain permission to use copyright material.
- Source information on copyright.
- Protect material from unauthorised use.
Week 10
(11 April)
Copyright and legal issues: Written test Copyright and Legal Issues test 
Week 11
(18 April)
Forum #5:
Guest Speakers
 CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
21/4 – 27/4Mid-semester break  
Week 12
(2 May)
Forum #6:
Guest Speakers
Forum #7:
Guest Speakers
 CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
Week 13
(9 May)
Forum #8:
Guest Speakers
Forum #9:
Guest Speakers
 CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
Week 14
(16 May)
Forum #10:
Guest Speakers
 CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
Week 15
(23 May)
Industry issues:
Your say
 Industry Issues: Your Say assessmentCUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
Week 16
(30 May)
Industry issues:
Your say
Industry Issues: Your Say assessment
CUFIND201A- Source and apply industry information.
- Update and maintain industry knowledge
Week 17
(6 June)
Assessment Week  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course


Overview of Assessment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your writing tasks.
 


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

1. Forum Presentation and Report: 40% (as scheduled throughout the semester)

You will work as a group with fellow students to organise and present a forum with industry guest speakers on topics relating to key industry sectors, the work of screenwriters and other key professionals, and current industry issues.

Your group’s task will be to:

• Define and research your topic, select and invite appropriate speakers, plan the format and presentation of the forum, brief speakers and confirm arrangements.

• Promote the forum to the class and to others in the wider screenwriting program.

• Present the forum, introduce speakers, host or moderate, present audio-visual support materials and/or background documentation such as speaker bios, field questions, thank speakers.

Each member of the group will submit a brief individual report on the forum, explaining his or her contribution, and evaluating its effectiveness. (Forum reports will be submitted in class 2 weeks after your forum)

2. Industry Issues: Your Say: 30% (assessed weeks 15 & 16)

The prestigious Australian Screenwriters’ Foundation is planning a symposium on screenwriting for their annual conference. They want you to present an 8-minute account of a particular issue related to the film, television and digital media industry in Australia from a screenwriter’s point of view.

You’ll write up your speech, making use of your own research from industry journals, for inclusion in the conference papers, with copies of any overhead slides you’ll be presenting to illustrate your talk. It should be no longer than 1500 words (excluding tables and attachments). You may wish to include topical references and jokes for the amusement of the audience.
You are invited to read your paper live to the conference, which will be held across a 2-week window late in the semester.


3. Copyright and Legal Issues: 20% (Week 10)

You’ll sit a written test in class to assess your ability to identify sources of information on copyright, to recognize problems that arise from copyright ownership discussions, and your knowledge of practical application for rights and permissions, together with related legal issues.


4. Class exercises: 10% (throughout semester)

Exercises reflecting your overall contribution to the ongoing process.


DUE DATES FOR ASSESSMENT NEEDED
Grades used in this course are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

For further details on these assessment tasks and the grading system and criteria used, please refer to the course blackboard site.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Feedback:
You will receive spoken and/or written feedback form your teacher on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Late Submissions
Please refer to the course blackboard site for policy information on late submissions

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qkssnx1c5r0y;STATUS=A;PAGE_AUTHOR=Andrea%20Syers;SECTION=1;

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