Course Title: Contemporary Media Work Practices

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Media Work Practices

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 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Patrick Kelly

Course Coordinator Phone: +6 13 9925 3022

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 4

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will develop a social media strategy to support and promote your career for media industries with an increasingly global focus.

You will explore a range of contemporary and emerging work practices that facilitate working remotely and in global contexts. You will develop knowledge and skills in networked work practices such as online communication and collaboration, distributed computing and the use of portable devices, and digital production.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Acquire and apply knowledge of local and international perspectives and issues about contemporary media practice.
  • Effectively and professionally communicate complex ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Undertake research into contemporary media and communication theory and practice to explore possible industry and career directions.

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

  1. Critically discuss contemporary media work practices in terms of aesthetics, communication and technology.
  2. Design, produce and evaluate personal digital strategies and assets.
  3. Plan and apply networked file sharing and archiving practices.
  4. Communicate ideas effectively and professionally using a range of online tools.
  5. Establish and manage professional online networks.

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

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student website. 

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. Work in class may include group work, but assessment will be completed on an individual basis. 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.

Assessment Tasks

Task 1: Folio 1 (Individual) 20% Linked Course learning outcomes: 1, 4

Task 2: Folio 2 (Individual) 40% Linked Course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Task 3: Reflective Report (Individual) 40% Linked Course learning outcomes: 1, 3, 4

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.