Entry to the unit is competitive, and is subject to approval by the Unit Coordinator. Availability of placements varies from year to year. The placement process can take some weeks and commences in advance of the commencement of semester. Students are therefore encouraged to provisionally enrol in the unit as early as possible. Applicants will be notified if their enrolment has been approved in the week before commencement of semester.
Key Semester Dates
Final WW Date*
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
DESCRIPTION Students are assigned to a placement in the media and communications industry either in a government, private or not-for-profit organisation approved by the University. Students learn the practical skills necessary for the media and communications practitioner. Placement gives students the opportunity to better understand how journalistic and media theory operates in practice within an industry context. Students will, where opportunity allows, contribute to the production, publication and presentationof media and communications content (e.g. news stories, media releases, newsletters) while working under the supervision of a qualified professional.
ASSESSMENT: Professional practice skills acquired during placement (awarded in consultation with placement provider), work portfolio, and 1,500-word reflective analysis of professional practice experience (60%), 1,500-word essay (25%), oral presentation on placement (15%)
TEACHING PATTERN: Ten days placement per student; plus 16 hours in seminar attendance across the semester.
FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS Note: Class attendance may still be required
Web dependent - H Some parts of this unit will be taught online
Resource dependent teaching & learning - H Independent study with provided resources replaces face-to-face or other classes (e.g. lectures)
About Flexible Study Options
INTERNATIONALISATION This unit includes specific international contexts/case studies.
This unit includes international cross-cultural issues/skills.
25% at level 100 in Journalism, Media and Communications plus 25% level 200/300 Journalism, Media and Communications units. A credit average in Journalism, Media and Communications units is desirable.
Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.
Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.