Advanced Writing

Subject 100-312 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 2-hour seminar each week
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: Completion of 100 points in Media and Communications including 100-105 or 100-205 Writing Journalism.
Corequisites: .
Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: .
Core Participation Requirements: .


To be advised
Subject Overview:

This subject provides students with the skills to write at an advanced journalistic level. Lectures will present students with techniques that will enhance skills in interviewing, news judgement, narrative technique, researching, framing ideas, developing contacts and using off the record information. As well, students will also deal with issues of fairness and objectivity, plagiarism, libel and codes of conduct. On completion of this subject, students will have developed advanced skills in feature writing.

Assessment: A news exercise of 1000 words 20% (due early in semester), a major news feature of 2500 words 60% (due at the end of semester), a seminar presentation of 500 words 10% and participation in seminars 10%. Students must attend at least 80% of classes to be eligible for assessment.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts: A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester. * The Art and Craft of Feature Writing (W Blundell), Plume 1988
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to effectively research and write extended length journalistic stories;

  • have gained an understanding of the practical implications of on-going debates over journalistic conduct in relation to their own writings;

  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the mass media and other forms of communication in contemporary society.


This subject is only available to third year students enrolled in the BA (Media and Communications), BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Commerce, BA (Media and Communications)/ Bachelor of Laws.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communication) & Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)

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