Subject PUBL90012 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:



Admission to the Master of Publishing and Communications, Master of Global Media Communication



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Beth Driscoll


Dr Beth Driscoll

Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to further develop the skills and extend the experience of those students already in gainful employment in a publishing or communications environment. With the support of the subject coordinator and the mentorship of a senior staff member in their place of employment, they will investigate their company's business in order to understand its position within the broader industry. As well as taking part in their ongoing day-to-day work, students will undertake a research project of concrete and practical benefit to their organisation. The research topic will be negotiated between the student, the organisation's management or employee's mentor, and the subject coordinator. Students will develop skills in conducting effective and timely research, analysis and report-writing, and will also gaining deeper insight into a particular model of contemporary publishing and communications practice. They will exercise the skills in writing, editing, print and web production they have developed through their university studies and apply them directly to their current professional environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  • have had an opportunity for reflection and analysis on the culture, conditions and practices of the workplace;
  • have developed a capacity to critically evaluate their experience and to share their findings through written and oral reports; and
  • have an extended ability to apply research concepts, frameworks and techniques in a practical setting.

Reflective journal assignment of 2000 words: 500 words due 25 hours after the commencement of the placement, 1500 words due one week after the conclusion of the placement, worth 20%. Research report of 8,000 words due 3 weeks after the conclusion of the placement, worth 80%.

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
Generic Skills:
  • written and oral communication skills through contribution to workshop discussions and participation in workplace-based discussions and reporting sessions;
  • a capacity for effective teamwork through group discussions and collaboration with the workplace mentor and other staff;
  • skills in research, including the use of online sources and oral/interview materials as well as published documents;
  • skills in time management and planning through managing workloads for recommended reading, workshop presentations and assessment requirements; and
  • a capacity for critical analysis through engagement with and critique of a range of publishing strategies.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Global Media Communication
100 Point Master of Publishing and Communications
150 Point Master of Global Media Communication
150 Point Master of Publishing and Communications
200 Point Master of Global Media Communication
200 Point Master of Publishing and Communications

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