MDIA 4003 - Honours Media Thesis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 4003 Course Honours Media Thesis Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 12 Contact 1 hour per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites 1. Successful completion of a Bachelor of Media Degree or an equivalent undergraduate degree approved by the Media Honours Committee (which includes a major sequence in media, communications or another area significantly related to media). 2. A credit Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description The aim of the Honours program is to provide students with a stronger and more focused intellectual context in which to carry out research in their areas of specialisation in the media. It is designed to extend the academic and creative synergies of the Bachelor of Media Degree into higher degree and professional industry application.
It is expected that by the end of the program students would be able to carry out independent research in either a higher degree or an industry-related specialisation. It is also expected that students would have developed awareness and critical skills necessary for a proper understanding of the ethical implications of professional and scholarly conduct.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter PugsleyDr John Budarick (Acting Co-ordinator)
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Course Learning OutcomesThe Honours Media Thesis course represents the culmination of the seminar series and results in the production
of an Honours thesis of up to 15,000 words. Course learning objectives for this course are as follows:
1 To develop the capacity to be able to articulate an appropriate and achievable research project for the Honours program in Media;
2 To have the skills to turn the selected Media topic or issue into a problem that is suited to the task of writing a dissertation;
3 To be able to identify and locate relevant material and literature on the topic;
4 To be able to identify key theoretical and conceptual works in Media in order to critically analyse the topic or issue
5 To develop the skill of articulating a clear, substantiated and theoretically-informed argument in the dissertation;
6 To address a problem or issue in the world of Media through a critical analysis of a case study or issue.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4,5,6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4,5,6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1,5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
4,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources for this component.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThesis writing under guidance and direction of supervisor.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
1 hour supervision per week: 12 hours per semester
18 hours research per week: 216 hours per semester
18 hours thesis writing per week: 216 hours per semester
TOTAL: approx 440 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
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Assessment SummaryAll theses marked by 2 examiners (not the supervisor).
Assessment DetailAcademic Pathway
Dissertation style and presentation • The dissertation should be a significant piece of work to the maximum of 15,000 words and be built around a substantial and well-document argument. • The dissertation should be typed in double-spacing on A4 paper, on one side of the paper only and with a margin of 4cm on the left. • It should include a title page, giving at the top the title of the dissertation in full, your name and the degree. At the bottom of the page the following statement should be inserted "Submitted in part fulfilment of the Honours Degree in Media at The University of Adelaide, [month] 2017." • It must include a contents page and a bibliography/reference list.
• The length of the exegesis will be the equivalent of 6,000 - 10,000 words • The project must have the approval of the Honours Co-ordinator. • The project is comprised of (a) the project itself, valued at 25% of the final honours grade, and (b) the project exegesis, valued at 25% of the final honours grade.
• The Media honours project will be one of the following: - A video production up to 15 minutes in length - A radio, voice or audio production up to 60 minutes in length - A multimedia production up to 10,000 words equivalent (your supervisor will assist early on with determining the equivalency) • Final drafts of script/project outline documents are to be submitted with the project and exegesis. A progress report will be required (but not assessable) in the early weeks of the second semester—the honours co-ordinator will put out a call for creative project progress reports closer to the time.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.Grades for the Honours year are calculated according to the GS5 classification scheme:
Honours - First Class 80%+
Honours - Second Class Division a: 70 to 79%
Honours - Second Class Division b: 60 to 69%
Honours -Third Class 50 to 59%
NAH Not Awarded
NFE No Formal Examination
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