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Journalism (BCommun)

  • B1342BACHELOR OF COMMUNICATION

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Title Journalism (BCommun)
Course Code B1342
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Academic Contacts

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

Qualification Bachelor of Communication (BCommun) in Journalism
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch University Dubai (UAE) ['DUBAI-ISC'] (internal)
Description This major provides students with the skillset to operate in the digital era of news. Students 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 Communication you will learn how modern communication works across the globe and be able to apply that knowledge to seek employment in this field. You will be introduced to key concepts and practices in communication, and will develop digital media skills and critical thinking skills that you can apply as a professional communicator. You will be able to write and present professionally, take a global perspective on issues, argue effectively, act ethically and work cooperatively. Students can choose to concentrate on majors in Global Media and Communication, Strategic Communication or Journalism (or a combination). These fields offer you the opportunity to create media productions, deal with clients, tackle communication issues and work with industry.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

English competence. Students demonstrating English competence via IELTS need an overall score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 6.0.
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 1. Gather and analyse media and communication research and practice in
local, regional, international and global contexts
2. Synthesise theoretical perspectives of media and communications issues
and apply to changing dynamics in the field
3. Demonstrate ethical thinking in interpersonal, social and professional
contexts
4. Demonstrate relevant critical, professional and technical skills using
traditional and digital media for employment in the relevant discipline
5. Demonstrate cognitive flexibility by applying creative, technical and critical
thinking skills to address complex communication and media issues
6. Communicate and engage with a range of audiences, stakeholders and
publics through media and communication platforms using voice, text,
sound and image
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 Global Media and Communication; Strategic Communication
Recommended Minors Radio
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

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 3 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal

Course Core Units - 9 credit points

The following four units are required to be completed by all students. At least one of these units will be specified in your major. You must complete the remaining units from the list below to satisfy the Course requirements. Where you choose to do two majors of the Bachelor of Communication, you will be required to choose the remaining units from the list below.

COM100 Thinking Communication - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal, TSD-internal

COM101 Social Media - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

COM105 Critical Web Literacy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

COM109 Introduction to Digital Media Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

Major Core Units - 6 credit points

COM104 Digital Newsgathering and Reporting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

COM109 Introduction to Digital Media Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

General Electives or Second Major - 6 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.

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TMD-internal, TSD-internal

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal, TSD-internal

COM203 Consulting and Freelancing - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

Course Core Unit - 3 credit points

COM200 Communication Research - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

Major Core Units - 9 credit points

COM245 Media Law and Ethics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

COM240 Journalism and Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

COM217 Online and Mobile Journalism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

OR

for Broadcast Journalism Stream:

COM206 Broadcast Presentation - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives or Second Major - 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 - 24 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal, TSD-internal

COM306 Specialist Communication - 3 points
Not available this year

COM313 Campus Radio - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

COM308 Professional Internship - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement, SUM-placement, W-placement

Course Core Unit - 3 credit points

COM300 Communication Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal

Major Core Units - 9 credit points

COM322 Digital Newsroom - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

COM301 Video Journalism - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal

COM302 Web Analytics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal

OR

for Broadcast Journalism Stream:

COM305 TV News Reporting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

General Electives or Second Major - 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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