Course Title: Critical Enquiry in Media and Communication

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Critical Enquiry in Media and Communication

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr John Postill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1042

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: Contact Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

How do you research and invent possibilities?

In this course you will develop the knowledge and skills to undertake research by exploring a range of principles and methods commonly used in media and communication research.

In exploring the research process, you will examine research plans that include: evaluating literature; finalising research questions; considering theory and practice; and identifying appropriate ways to apply research methods. You will define, draft and refine the plan for a research project to be completed as the last course in the program. The project mode will vary, depending on your academic and/or professional industry context.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to solve problems creatively, demonstrating expert judgement and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice and discipline.
  • Use appropriate research methods to design and execute substantial projects, evaluate the outcomes and theorise about the contribution of your learning to the profession and knowledge area.
  • Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences.

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

  • Critically analyse literature and major works related to international professional practice in your area.
  • Evaluate research principles applicable to your profession or discipline.
  • Identify research questions to address new or under-researched issues, and select appropriate research methods.
  • Propose, develop and present research project plans related to scholarly and industry needs, both local and international.
  • Critique the work of others, evaluate and respond to feedback on your own work.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face-to-face and online such as workshops, tutorials, group and class discussion, class 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 Communication 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 presentations, projects and may be done individually and in teams.

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.