Course Title: Story, Genre and Medium

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Story, Genre and Medium

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Stayci Taylor

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3994

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please contact via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will examine the relationship between the world of your story - documentary or fiction - and the medium used to deliver it to an audience.

You will explore narrative concepts such as character, plot, audience and genre. You will use these to shape the style and content of your own story material. You will also examine various forms of media presentation, from silent movie to the novel, reality TV, documentary, computer games and 3D virtual worlds. You will explore the question: How might different media tools shape the style and content of your story material?

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Effectively and professionally communicate your ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Critically reflect on your own work to demonstrate autonomy, good judgement and ethical responsibility.

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

  1. Investigate the relationship between story, medium and audience.
  2. Identify and evaluate a range of genre types such as science fiction, romantic comedy and horror.
  3. Articulate and situate your narrative ideas within a specific genre framework.
  4. Critically analyse the elements and conventions that provide story and characters with key stylistic content.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

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 Media students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic 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, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

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 manager 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.

Task 1: Short Story (Individual) 10% + Academic Integrity Awareness Micro-credential (individual) 5% Linked Course learning outcomes: 1, 4

Task 2: Nonfiction Proposal (Individual) 35% Linked Course learning outcomes: 1, 4

Task 3: Fiction Proposal (Individual) 50% Linked Course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4