Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and two hours of tutorials/workshops per week |
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week , 5 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorDr Carolyne Ruth Lee
|Subject Overview:||This subject aims to enhance students' writing in general by introducing them to the fundamental skills used by professional writers within the Media and Communications industries. Through a workshop format, students will work on their own news stories in order to enhance their mastery of written communication. Students will be made familiar with strategies for planning, editing and revising their work, as well as that of others. Students will also become familiar with various styles and contexts of media writing and develop an understanding of the various writing skills required to communicate effectively to mass audiences. In addition, through the lecture format, students will learn how to view media prose critically by way of theoretical considerations such as rhetoric, the relationship between print media and democracy and between journalism and public relations, editorial constraints, and audience analysis. Professional Writing is theoretically complementary to MECM10001 (Introduction to Media and Communications) , and also functions as preparation for those students wishing to take MECM20002 (Writing Journalism) in second year.|
|Assessment:||Assessment equivalent to 4000 words written work comprising a 350 word magazine article 10% (first draft due week 3); a 1000 word narrative media araticle 15% (first draft due week 4); a 750 word travel article 15%(due at the end of the semester); a one-page media release plus a one page pitch for a new media promotion idea equivalent to 225 words 10% (due at the end of the semester); a 750 word opinion article 15% (first draft due in week 8); a 700 word book review 15% (due at the end of the semester); a class presentation project done in small groups equivalent to 225 words 10% (done throughout the semester); participation in tutorial workshops and online reading forums 10% (assessed continuously). Students must attend at least 80% of tutorials to be eligible for assessment. Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.|
|Prescribed Texts:||A subject reader will be available. |
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Notes:||This subject is only available to students enrolled in the BA (Media and Communications), BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Commerce, and BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Laws.|
Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) and Bachelor of Laws |
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communication) & Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
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