MDIA 3207 - Media Industry Transitions
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 3207 Course Media Industry Transitions Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites At least 9 units of Level I Media study, and at least 9 units from MDIA 2301, MDIA 2302, MDIA 2306, MDIA 3310 Incompatible MDIA 3332 Restrictions Available to BMedia students only Course Description This course prepares you for the transition from your undergraduate degree to professional employment and/or further study. You will choose one of two pathways.
Pathway A involves a self-organised industry placement of 10-12 days. You will gain direct experience in your chosen industry by working with a supervisor in an internal or external host organisation. All placements must be approved prior to commencement.
Pathway B allows you to design and undertake a self-directed, desktop research project using public domain materials. You will identify an industry-relevant research question in your chosen area of industry interest. Your project can be designed as a preliminary study for future research.
Through industry and peer-to-peer networking activities, Media Industry Transitions gives you the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned throughout your degree. You will contribute to your ongoing professional development through enhanced understanding of contemporary industry trends and workplace cultures, time-management and negotiation skills, legal and contractual obligations, research and communication strategies for employment, and professional profile and presentation techniques.
Course Coordinator: Dr Kathryn Bowd
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion on this course, you will be able to:
- Apply work integrated learning principles or research training to engage with contemporary industry-related challenges and employment opportunities in the media and communications sector.
- Use appropriately targeted research and/or communication strategies for seeking future employment in the media and communications sector.
- Communicate professionally in a range of genres used in the media and communications sector, including preparing reports to a professional standard.
- Reflect on, critically assess, consolidate and synthesise academic and industry research and training.Form personalised learning objectives for ongoing professional development.
- If choosing the Placement option: Manage personal contact with external bodies professionally, and handle work-related documents efficiently.
- If choosing the Research Project: Locate and evaluate secondary sources to identify and address industry research questions, and assess the limitations of secondary research when conducting industry research.
- If choosing the Placement option: Contribute ethically, meaningfully and professionally in the workplace, both individually and as part of a team. Build appropriate relationships with supervisors, co-workers and external groups, including clients.
- If choosing the Research Project: Design and conduct an ethically- and methodologically-sound desktop research study on a relevant industry issue.
University Graduate Attributes
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
- 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, 3, 4
- 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, 4, 7
- 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, 8
- 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, 7, 8, 9
- 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
1, 2, 4, 8, 9 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
1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Required ResourcesThere is no textbook or course reader for this course. To successfully complete this course, you will need access to the MyUni course site, and to the other required and recommended resources on MyUni.
If undertaking the Placement option: you must not commence your placement until all required forms and paperwork have been completed and approved by the Faculty of Arts Internships office and the Course Coordinator.
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni for course materials, online discussions, assignment advice, and other resources. All written assignments are submitted via MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is taught via a combination of 2-hour face-to-face workshops (Weeks 1-4, 5-6 and 12), face-to-face consultations, and self-directed learning. Successful engagement in this course requires your attendance at workshops; due to their interactive nature, workshop
content will not be recorded. A small number of remote students can be accommodated on Zoom in a synchronous session with the face to-face workshop. Powerpoint slides and other documents will be provided on MyUni.
These approaches are designed to equip you with professional skills and confidence you need as you transition from your undergraduate studies to employment and/or further study. You will engage reflexively with your learning, synthesise academic and professional knowledge, and replicate business communication practices. Your learning in workshops will be supported by in-class peer activities, guest lectures, online content, and research training seminars. You will also receive academic support through online discussion and face-to-face consultations.
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Learning Activities SummaryDetails of learning activities will be provided on MyUni.
Specific Course RequirementsIf undertaking the placement option: you will be required to complete relevant paperwork and secure formal approval before commencing your placement.
Please note that some organisations have their own application deadlines and approvals processes, which you may also need to follow. Some organisations, such as government agencies and community organisations, may require a police check or similar prior to the commencement of a placement; if so, this will be undertaken at the student's own expense.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThis course combines industry and peer mentoring, small group activities, and self-directed learning.
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment tasks for all students:Reflective analysis (30%)Participation and professionalism (10%)Assessment tasks for placement students only:Host evaluation report (20%) - to be completed by placement host.Final report (40%)Assessment tasks for research project students only:Research planning presentation (20%)Research report (40%)
Assessment DetailAssignment details will be available through MyUni.
SubmissionWritten assignments must be submitted through MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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