MDIA 4100 - Honours Advanced Media Theory
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 4100 Course Honours Advanced Media Theory Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up 2 hours 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 Incompatible MDIA 4001 Restrictions Available only to students admitted to the relevant Honours program Course Description This course is designed to provide students with a range of advanced media theories, methodologies and research frameworks to carry out sophisticated research. It focuses on research theories relevant to the exploration of cultures and requires students to carry out activities that relate to contemporary media research and, where relevant, draw their major project dissertation or creative work closer to questions around research in the 21st Century. A major theme running through the course is the historical, cultural and social significance of the media as one of the most important contemporary topics debated in both academic research circles and the public sphere.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter Pugsley
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Course Learning Outcomes1. To gain further familiarity with a range of theories, methodologies, procedures and approaches to research and creative work in media.
2. To develop an understanding of professional and practical media research, with particular reference to the cultural uses and meanings created for, and by, different media.
3. To develop strong practical skills in the use of contemporary research tools relevant to a range of fields and interests in a contemporary media environment.
4. To polish writing and other communications skills by understanding, preparing and developing research-related documents relevant to high-level media research.
5. To increase awareness of a range of contemporary topics, issues and policies related to both academic and professional perspectives of the media, with the capacity to develop advanced, nuanced responses to contemporary media concerns
6. To utilise the course materials, topics and activities in enhancing the dissertation component of the course
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 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
1,2,3,4,5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3,4 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
2,5,6 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 is no set text for this course. Readings will be provided at each weekly seminar for the following week.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is run as a weekly seminar using both lecture and reading-group styles. You will be expected to articulate ideas and problems to the class and to guide discussions where relevant.
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Assessment SummaryThere are four assessments in this course, as follows:
1. Summary Essay (1,000 words) 15% CLO 1,2
2. Short Essay (approx 2,500 words) 25% CLO 1,2,3,4
3. Major Essay (approx 4,000 words) 50% CLO 1,2,3,4,5,6
4. Seminar Participation Continuously assessed. 10% CLO 1,5,6
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SubmissionSubmissions via Canvas.
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
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