Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced)

Course GCA-JOURN (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 085948M
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Associate Professor Margaret Simons



Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Course Overview:

The Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) is part of a proposed nested suite of courses associated with the already established Master of Journalism. The Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) would comprise of three compulsory subjects, totalling 50 points. Together these would represent basic journalistic skills and understandings.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) should:

  • demonstrate high level oral and written communication skills
  • demonstrate high level expertise in researching, writing and editing their own work
  • demonstrate an ability to apply research skills to investigate news stories
  • demonstrate an advanced and practical understanding of how news stories are put together;
  • be equipped to critically reflect on writing challenges that journalists face across different media
  • demonstrate the ability to reflect on professional issues and develop new and innovative forms of practice
  • demonstrate an ability to apply theoretical concepts to journalistic practice
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Duration: Start-year intake students wishing to commence Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) in 2015 can take this program on a full time or part time basis. Mid-year intake students wishing to commence Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) in 2015 can only take this program on a part time basis for and will not be available for international students.

The Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) requires:

  • three compulsory subjects (50 Points)

Total of 50 points

Subject Options:

Compulsory Subjects

Three compulsory subjects (50 Points)

Please note: it is recommended that JOUR90001 Researching and Writing Stories be completed in the first semester of enrollment.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

• an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with at least an H2B (70%) weighted average or equivalent.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
• prior academic performance; and

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.

4. The minimum English language requirements for this course are Band 7.0

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

Graduate Attributes:

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) should:

  • understand the fundamental principles for making critical and ethical judgments regarding professional journalism practice
  • evaluate the dynamic processes of change operating in contemporary media and communication industries
  • demonstrate skills in journalistic research, analysis and interpretation
  • demonstrate skills in writing, reporting and communicating facts and ideas
  • develop time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads
  • show a capacity for effective team work through group activities
  • acquire cultural and ethical understanding through reflection, reading and practical experience of journalists’ responsibilities
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to market their own ideas and successfully pursue careers in an increasingly diversified and transforming industry environment.
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