GCA-JOURN Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced)

Year and Campus: 2017 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 085948M
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Associate Professor Margaret Simons

Email: m.simons@unimelb.edu.au


Currently enrolled students:

Future students:

Course Overview:

The Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) is part of a nested suite of courses associated with the Master of Journalism. The Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) is comprisef of three compulsory subjects, totalling 50 points. Together these represent basic journalistic skills and understandings.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) should:

  • demonstrate high level oral and written communication skills;
  • demonstrate high level expertise in researching, writing and editing their own work;
  • demonstrate an ability to apply research skills to investigate news stories;
  • demonstrate an advanced and practical understanding of how news stories are put together;
  • be equipped to critically reflect on writing challenges that journalists face across different media;
  • demonstrate the ability to reflect on professional issues and develop new and innovative forms of practice; and
  • demonstrate an ability to apply theoretical concepts to journalistic practice.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

Please note: students commencing as part of the Mid-Year Intake can only take this program on a part time basis. The Mid-Year Intake is not available for international students.

Program Requirements -

  • three compulsory subjects (50 Points)

Total 50 points

Subject Options:

Compulsory Subjects

50 Points

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1
Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%) in appropriate subjects or equivalent

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and
  • relevance of previous studies.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7.0 is required.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills 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: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Further Study:

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) program may be eligible to undertake a graduate coursework program.

Graduate Attributes:

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) should:

  • demonstrate a practically grounded and theoretically informed understanding of the changing field of journalism practice;
  • develop excellent communication skills that align with the rapidly changing and dynamic field of journalism;
  • be equipped to undertake and produce journalism that is informed by excellent critical skills and an ability to engage with complex social issues and problems;
  • be able to understand, and exercise, their responsibility as a critical practitioner who has a duty to support informed and responsible citizenship; and
  • be equipped with capacities of informed ethical reasoning, and an understanding of their social responsibilities.
Generic Skills:

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) should:

  • demonstrate capacities of informed critical reflection and practical reasoning;
  • have excellent communication skills across a range of media platforms;
  • be equipped with capacities of moral reasoning, and a capacity to exercise moral reasoning and social responsibility;
  • be equipped to critically investigate significant issues through independent research and investigation;
  • develop time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads; and
  • develop capacities of effective teamwork through group activities.
Links to further information: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/culture-communication

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