Course Title: Production at Bowen Street Press

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Production at 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: Ms Tracy O'Shaughnessy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3155

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The Production Studio gives you the frameworks and tools for leading and managing the implications of technological change and convergent media in contemporary writing and publishing practice. You will work on a negotiated group project with other Bowen Street Press students, to model industry practice. The connections between interdisciplinary thinking, creativity and collaboration will be a central theme.

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.

This is a designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course for MC262 Master of Writing and Publishing. This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Engage with the future directions of the writing and publishing industries through the application of your own entrepreneurial practice.
  • Determine and apply the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility relating to your professional practice and discipline.
  • Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes to address specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Provide leadership within your discipline as well as collaborate with others.
  • Master a body of knowledge and specific technical skills to progress your professional career within the contemporary media and communication arena.

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

  1. Reflect on the implications of technological changes in writing and publishing practice, strategic alliances and your future professional practice.
  2. Create, develop and execute a writing and/or publishing project to a specialist brief.
  3. Employ appropriate skills and theoretical knowledge to solve problems associated with specific writing and publishing projects.
  4. Generate a cost-benefit analysis of opportunities for growth and propose new opportunities to engage with and influence audiences.

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. Bowen Street Press Skills Analysis (10%) [Individual; Linked CLO's 1]

Task 2. Bowen Street Press Portfolio (1) (30%) [Individual; Linked CLO's 3, 4]

Task 3. Bowen Street Press Portfolio (2) (30%) [Individual; Linked CLO's 1, 2]

Task 4. Presentation and Critical Report (30%) [Individual; Linked CLO's 2, 3, 4]