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Advanced Writing (MECM30008)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Overview

Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMECM30008
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides students with the skills to write at an advanced journalistic level. Lectures will present students with techniques that will enhance skills in interviewing, news judgement, narrative technique, researching, framing ideas, developing contacts and using off the record information. Students will also deal with issues of fairness and objectivity, plagiarism, libel and codes of conduct. On completion of this subject, students will have developed advanced skills in feature writing.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • the ability to develop practical knowledge of different journalistic writing styles;
  • gained a critical understanding of interviewing, the role of sources and researching;
  • become aware of ethical and legal issues in contemporary journalism; and
  • acquired high level skills in feature writing.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:

  • be able to effectively research and write extended length journalistic stories;
  • have gained an understanding of the practical implications of on-going debates over journalistic conduct in relation to their own writings; and
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the mass media and other forms of communication in contemporary society.

Eligibility and requirements

Prerequisites

Completion of either 100-105/100-205/670-302/MECM30010 Writing Journalism OR MECM20009 Introduction to Media Writing or 100-100/MECM10002 Professional Writing. This subject is only available to students enrolled in the BA (Media & Communications) degree prior to 2011.

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

100-312 Advanced Writing

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home

Assessment

Description

  • A news exercise of 1,000 words (20%), due early in semester
  • A major news feature of 2,500 words (60%), due in the exmaination period
  • A tutorial presentation of 500 words (10%), throughout semester.
  • Participation in tutorials (10%), throughout semester.
  • Hurdle: This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 75% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Dates & times

Not available in 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A subject reader will be available.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is not available as Breadth or to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts. This subject is only available to third year students enrolled in the BA (Media and Communications) 105-MC, BA (Media and Communications)/Bachelor of Commerce, BA (Media and Communications)/ Bachelor of Laws.

    Completion of either 100-105/100-205/670-302/MECM30010 Writing Journalism OR MECM20009 Introduction to Media Writing or 100-100/MECM10002 Professional Writing, is required.

    This subject is only available to students enrolled in the BA (Media & Communications) degree prior to 2011.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 3 April 2019