Major (2017)

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Journalism (BA)

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Title Journalism (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Mr Andrew Porter | Email: A.Porter@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2534

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external)
Some units only: Kaplan Higher Education Institute and Kaplan Higher Education Academy (Singapore) ['KAPLAN-SGP'] (internal)
Description This major provides students with the skill set to operate in the digital era of news. You will learn practical reporting, writing and producing skills in journalism and it investigates the ethical, legal and cultural contexts of the news media. The major gives students the opportunity to work in an online newsroom. Students learn about the news media industry and about the influence of journalism on society.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

English competence.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE

Students graduating with a Major in Journalism will be able to:
* Demonstrate a broad understanding of the history, theory and principles of the role of journalism and its practice using digital technology
* Recognise the power and influence of the news media in society, its role as the fourth estate in a western liberal democracy, and the associated responsibilities of journalists in cultural and political contexts
* Develop thorough knowledge of journalism ethics, news gathering and story writing techniques to operate in a professional media environment

SKILLS
Students graduating with a Major in Journalism will have the skills to:
* Work within a professional news organisation to gather information for the production of multi-media editorial content in text, audio and video digital formats
* Assess the relevance and importance of breaking news in the context of the 24/7 media environment and be able to compile reports suitable for publication across all news platforms
* Gather news through research and interviews that is suitable for publication according to journalistic principles of practice and ethics and which meets the needs of the public

APPLICATION
Students graduating with a Major in Journalism will have the knowledge and skills to:

* Produce professional, current and ethical news reports and features suitable for publication on a range of publishing platforms according to a variety of styles for different audiences
* Be technically skilled in using all forms of digital media to compile news packages suitable for uploading and transmission
* Draw on skills and knowledge of journalistic theory and practice in responding to editorial direction to pursue story assignments
* Be able to adapt editorial techniques, tools and technologies to elicit the
* optimal potential value of news stories
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Graduates may follow careers in the media or as freelance writers and producers. Graduates also will have research, communication and professional skills that are useful in many corporate and public sector settings.
Recommended Double Majors Communication and Media Studies; Global Politics and Policy; Public Relations; Radio; Web Communication
Excluded Minors Journalism
Main research areas Media law, ethics, storytelling. Journalism practice.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

CMS101 Introduction to Media Studies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

JOU104 Digital Newsgathering and Journalism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-internal

IDD129 Introduction to Digital Media Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

Core Units - 9 credit points

JOU245 Media Law and Ethics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-internal

JOU217 Online and Mobile Journalism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

CMS203 Audiences, Users and Participants - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TSA-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

Core Units - 9 credit points

JOU322 Digital Newsroom - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TSA-internal

JOU340 Journalism and Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

JOU367 Video Journalism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TMA-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

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