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|Faculty Of Arts And Design
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|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
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Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the shifting demands placed on journalists, producers and editors working in digital editorial news environments;
2. Manage your own time and the time of colleagues while working under deadline pressures;
3. Demonstrate familiarity with using a content management system (CMS) and the editorial procedures required for news publication;
4. Develop and demonstrate appropriate skills and professionalism in the production of news media for contemporary journalism; and
5. Develop and apply critical judgment in the publication of material, including legal constraints.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
This unit introduces you to the real life rhythm of deadline-driven journalism. You will use your foundation of multi-platform reporting and editorial skills to find and report real stories to a weekly deadline. You will publish your original text, audio, photographic and video stories to innovative publishing channels. You will also be introduced to the foundations for entrepreneurship to prepare for careers in freelancing and other non-traditional communications roles.
PrerequisitesFor students enrolled in ARB102 Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism) must complete 11084 Journalism Now & Next AND 11085 Street Stories, OR for students enrolled in ARB104 Bachelor of Communication and Media (Sports Media) must complete 11093 Sideline Eye: Sports Reporting.
All students must have successfully completed 36 credit points.
Equivalent units9028 Newsroom.
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See Canvas for required and additonal readings.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
You must attempt all parts of all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
As a student journalist, you must assume that all content you generate in this unit is intended for publication. As such, you should aim to produce professional work to a high standard, observing all relevant laws and ethical standards. You are to:
- Observe the MEAA Code of Ethics (refer to The Owl Canvas site);
- Refrain from interviewing anyone who presents a conflict of interest, such as family, friends or colleagues, without the express permission of your tutor;
- Disclose all conflicts of interest or other relevant information in your stories;
- Inform sources and interviewees that your stories are for publication via The Owl and/or UCFM;
- In the first instance, produce your own original video, audio, images and text — if your tutor expressly permits the use of third party material, you must observe copyright law and ‘fair dealing’ provisions related to news reporting (refer to The Owl Canvas site) and give attribution if required;
- Not plagiarise; and
- Observe defamation, trespass and other relevant laws
Failure to follow these guidelines could result in a fail grade for an assessment task or for the unit.
If you have any questions about these guidelines or a specific assignment task, speak with your tutor.
As this unit is premised on students demonstrating experience-based simulated workplace learning, it is very difficult to demonstrate that learning without having engaged with the experience. For that reason, attendance at all classes is strongly encouraged. Success in this unit will be very difficult without ongoing engagement.
Required IT skills
Foundational IT skills (e.g. word processing, use of web-based platforms).
Work placement, internships or practicums