Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Media and Communications)

Media and Communications

Advanced Coursework

Advanced Coursework in Media and Communications requires completion of 30 credit points, including:
(i) a research, community, industry or entrepreneurship project of at least 12 and up to 36 credit points.
Advanced Coursework units of study
MECO4115 Media and Communications Internship

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr introductory lecture Assessment: 1x2000wd internship journal, and satisfy the requirements of an internship contract with their workplace, including attendance and performance, as evaluated through a workplace supervisor report. Mode of delivery: Professional practice
The internship consists of a work placement comprising a minimum of 140 working hours in a media organisation, assisted and supervised by both the workplace and the department. Placements include print, broadcast, and online, in journalism, public relations and advertising organisations.
MECO4116 Research Practices

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 18 credit points at 3000-level in Media and Communications Assessment: 1x1500wd research essay (40%), 1x2000wd proposal (45%), 2x250wd equivalent consultations (5%), 1x500wd equivalent pitch (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to a range of research methods commonly used in media and communications. Students will participate in exercises to gain hands-on experience and will investigate the importance of methods in scholarly and professional settings. The unit provides an introductory understanding of key research methods and strategies relevant to media and communications 'clusters' such as multimedia, literary journalism, public relations, magazines and audio. Students will also write a proposal for an essay or media project, which they will complete in semester two in the unit Critical Practice in Media.
MECO4117 Critical Practice in Media

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: MECO4116 Assessment: 1x6000wd equivalent Major media project (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study is designed to draw together elements of theoretical and practical knowledge that students have acquired in their studies of media and communications. Students will produce a significant piece of work which demonstrates an awareness of how critical thinking and media production are capable of mutually informing each other in practice.
Advanced Coursework project units of study
FASS4901 Advanced Industry and Community Project A

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive February,Intensive July Classes: 1x3hr workshop/week Corequisites: FASS4902 Assumed knowledge: Depth of knowledge in at least one discipline (major). Assessment: 1x1500wd Individual statement (20%), 1x2500wd Group proposal (40%), 1x20mins Group proposal presentation (20%), 1x Group participation mark (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In this unit students work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams on authentic, complex problem-based projects developed with project partners. Students will conduct self-directed research to address industry problems or identify industry opportunities which will provide context for their final recommendations. The unit will enhance a student's problem-solving ability through experiential evidence-based teaching approaches focused on project management, professional conduct, reflective practices and collaboration. This experience will equip students with a toolkit to become more adaptive and agile in responding to dynamic industry and community organisational environments.
FASS4902 Advanced Industry and Community Project B

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x3hr workshop/week Corequisites: FASS4901 Assumed knowledge: Depth of knowledge in at least one discipline (major). Assessment: 1x1500wd Individual statement (20%), 1x5000wd Final group report (40%), 1x20mins Final group presentation (20%), 1x Group participation mark (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit students work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams on authentic, complex problem-based projects developed with project partners. Students will conduct self-directed research to address industry problems or identify industry opportunities which will provide context for their final recommendations. The unit will enhance a student's problem-solving ability through experiential evidence-based teaching approaches focused on project management, professional conduct, reflective practices and collaboration. This experience will equip students with a toolkit to become more adaptive and agile in responding to dynamic industry and community organisational environments.