Subject PUBL90012 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 125 hours: 10-15 days of placement and regular consulation with supervisor.
Total Time Commitment:



Admission to the Master of Publishing and Communications, Master of Global Media Communication or Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Communications (Advanced) (GDA-PUBCOM).

This subject should be completed during the second half of the degree. It is expected that students will have achieved an average grade of 70% or higher during the first half of their degree or have secured special permission to enrol from the subject coordinator.

Students are required to apply for this subject in the semester prior to commencement of the internship, via the online application form:

Permission from the internship coordinator is required.



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.

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:


Mr Aaron Mannion


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%.

Students must attend a minimum of 80% of supervisory meetings and placement to pass the subject.

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 Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Publishing and Communications (Advanced)
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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