Course Title: Foundation for Bowen Street Press

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundation for Bowen Street Press

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Tracy O'Shaughnessy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3155

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment; to be arranged by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The Bowen Street Press is a real world, student-led publishing house encompassing digital, online and print delivery. Through studio-based practice and a variety of writing and publishing projects, you will explore the opportunities and challenges within a writing and publishing community of practice. This will include working with students across all studios within the Bowen Street Press.

The Foundation Studio lays the groundwork for developing core skills and knowledge about the principles of contemporary writing and publishing practice. You will investigate new professional roles and contemporary approaches to writing and publishing within a simulated working environment. Working collaboratively, you will be part of the editorial and production team. You will experience a variety of formal and informal environments intended to expose you to a writing and publishing community of practice and support your engagement.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Critically analyse and address the future directions – opportunities and challenges – for writing and publishing.
  • Acquire and apply knowledge of local and international perspectives and issues about contemporary writing and publishing practice.
  • Work collaboratively to plan and produce communication projects appropriate to the writing and publishing environment.
  • Undertake research into contemporary writing and publishing theory and practice to explore possible industry and career directions.

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

  1. Discuss how the writing and publishing industry has developed, what it is and how it functions both nationally and internationally.
  2. Compare and contrast business practices and creative practices in writing and publishing.
  3. Assess the interrelationships that writing and publishing industry have with each other and community/society.
  4. Identify and assess the personnel roles and skills required within the writing and publishing industry.
  5. Debate publishing management issues relevant to end product and delivery within a local and global framework.

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 Writing and Publishing 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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment in this course is assignment-based with a blend of written, oral and visual delivery. The following assessments address various stated program and course learning outcomes. Each individual assessment brief will stipulate the Course Learning Outcomes assessed in the assignment.

Task 1. Internship application for Bowen Street Press (10%) [Individual; Linked CLO's 1 & 4]

Task 2. Bowen Street Press Portfolio (1) (30%) [Individual; Linked CLO's 2 & 4]

Task 3. Bowen Street Press Portfolio (2) (30%) [Individual; Linked CLO's 3, 4 ]

Task 4. Performance Review and Reflection (30%) [Individual; Linked CLO's 2, 3, 5]