MDIA 4200A - Honours Media Thesis A
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 4200A Course Honours Media Thesis A Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 1 hour per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites A credit standard in undergraduate study, which is usually determined by a minimum requirement of 70% average in all Level II and Level III courses taken at undergraduate level. Incompatible MDIA 4003, MDIA 4004A Restrictions Available only to students admitted to 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: Dr John Budarick
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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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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
No information currently available.
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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:
NOG (No Grade Associated) Grade Description CN Continuing
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