MDIA 3332 - Media Research Project
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 3332 Course Media Research Project 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 15 units of Media major courses Incompatible MDIA 3207 Restrictions Available to students undertaking a Media Major only Course Description This course prepares students for transition to professional employment and/or further studies. Students attend a pre-semester induction and core module to refresh prior media knowledge of theoretical and regulatory frameworks and research uses in the sector. Independent pathway workshops occur mid-semester, followed by individual consultations, and a peer-to-peer workshop in Week 12.
Students conduct an individual desktop research project using public domain materials. Two research training workshops cover the design, theoretical positioning and conduct of secondary research; evidence and argument; ethical and legal issues; and the compositional features of a 5000 word research report. Students work under academic supervision to complete their industry study, consolidating and advancing research capabilities developed in advanced-level Media core courses. Research projects proceed following approval from academic staff. They can be designed as a preliminary study for future research.
Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Phillipov
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Manage the transition from undergraduate studies to employment and/or further study
- Apply course-taught research training to engage with contemporary industry-related challenges in the media and communications sector
- Use appropriately targeted research and/or communications strategies for seeking future employment in the media and communications sector, including government and non-government organisations
- Assess the limitations of secondary research when approaching industry research questions, and locate a range of primary and secondary sources to identify and address industry questions
- Design and conduct an ethically- and methodologically-sound desktop research study on an appropriate sector issue
- Communicate professionally in a style appropriate to the sector, including the preparation of presentations and reports
- Reflect on, critically assess, consolidate and synthesise academic and industry media education and training
- Form personalised learning objectives for ongoing professional development
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, 7, 8 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, 7 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
3, 6, 7 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, 7, 8 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, 5, 6, 7 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
1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Required ResourcesThere is no textbook or course reader for this course. To successfully complete this course, you will need access to to MyUni.
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni for the provision of course materials, online discussions, assignment advice and help sheets, and other resources. All assignments will be 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), online discussion and 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. 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 support from an academic supervisor through online discussion and face-to-face consultations.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
WORKLOAD: STRUCTURED LEARNING TOTAL HOURS 2 x 1-hour workshops per week over 7 weeks 14 hours per semester 1 hour online activity (or equivalent) per week over 8 weeks 8 hours per semester 4 hours milestone assignment work per week over 4 weeks 16 hours per semester WORKLOAD: SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING 10 hours reading and preparation per week 120 hours per semester 10 hours research per week 120 hours per semester 3 hours assignment preparation each week 36 hours per semester TOTAL = 312 hours per semester
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Small Group Discovery ExperienceThis course combines industry and peer mentoring, small group activities, and self-directed work.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
ASSESSMENT TASK WEIGHTING DUE LEARNING OUTCOMES Reflective Analysis (2000 words) 30% Friday Week 6 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 Research presentation (5 mins) 20% In Week 6 workshop 2, 4, 5, 6 Final Report (5000 words) 40% Friday Week 13 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Participation and Professionalism 10% Ongoing 1, 3
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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
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