Publishing and Communications 5B

Subject PUBL90016 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

June, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 22-Jun-2015 to 27-Jun-2015
Assessment Period End 11-Aug-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 23-Jun-2015
Census Date 03-Jul-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 24-Jul-2015

Regular, documented consultations with the supervisor as arranged. Meetings should normally occur fortnightly and should be at least of half an hour duration.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 25 hours, comprising seminars, smaller group workshops, and excursions, delivered as an intensive over the period of one week (Off Campus)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours total


Admission to the Graduate Diploma (Advanced) in Publishing and Communications, Master of Publishing and Communications, or Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing.

An application process applies. Students who wish to undertake this subject must contact the Faculty of Arts at for further information.

This subject is recommended only for students in their final semester of study.



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Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

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Mark Davis

Subject Overview:

This subject involves travel to New York to undertake a five-day intensive to be taught at City University of New York. The program will involve instruction by senior figures in the US publishing industry, from established firms and the recent start-ups that are reshaping the industry.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this subject, students are expected to have developed:

  • written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
  • an understanding of international publishing practices;
  • increased levels of cross-cultural awareness; and
  • a broad understanding of issues of key concern to the publishing and communications industry.
  • A project proposal (100 words), due on the final day of the intensive teaching (20%);
  • A research paper (4000 words), due 8 weeks after the teaching period (80%)

Hurdle requirements:

  • Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. Any student who fails to meet this hurdle without valid reason will not be eligible to pass the subject
  • All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject.

Note: Essays submitted after the due date without an extension will be penalised 2% per day. Essays submitted after two weeks of the assessment due date without a formally approved application for special consideration or an extension will only be marked on a pass/fail basis if accepted.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who have successfully completed this subject will:

  • acquire high-level written and oral communication skills through contribution to class discussions and the completion of assignments;
  • have a capacity for effective teamwork through group discussions;
  • develop cultural and ethical understanding through reflection and reading on the role of the publishing industry in a range of different national and cultural contexts;
  • develop skills in research through the preparation of class papers and assignments, including the use of online as well as print-based materials;
  • develop skills in time management and planning through managing workloads for recommended reading, tutorial presentations and assessment requirements; and
  • acquire a capacity for critical thinking through the use of readings and discussion to develop a critique of received wisdom about the cultural, social and political significance of the publishing industry.

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Publishing and Communications program

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Communications (Advanced)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Editing and Communications)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Publishing and Communications
150 Point Master of Publishing and Communications
200 Point Master of Publishing and Communications

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