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COMN12-203: Mass and Popular Media September 2018 [Standard]

General information

This subject is designed to provide a thorough grounding in media theory and research through emphasis on media production, audiences and the effects of the media in society. Special emphasis is given to the ways in which news is selected, produced and disseminated. A variety of case studies offer students an opportunity to develop their personal and professional understanding of mass communications by using current research techniques, methods and procedures.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:COMN12-203
Subject title:Mass Media
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Subject teaching methods include lecture, discussion, group work, videos, and case studies. Since much of the subject is based on your interaction with the instructor and your fellow students, attendance is essential. It is expected that everyone will arrive for all classes on time, having prepared all required work, and remain in attendance until class is over. Students will not be permitted to miss class for group project purposes. If you are absent for a university approved medical or family emergency, an acceptable note must be supplied. A medical excuse must state clearly that you were too ill to attend class -- notes that state that you were "suffering from a medical condition" are too vague to be accepted.


Prescribed resources:
  • Michael O'Shaughnessy, Jane Stadler, Sarah Casey (2016). Media and Society. 6th, Oxford University Press, USA , 560.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Explain how media exert effects on individuals and society, how media messages are produced and programmed, who controls the media, and the economics of the media industry.
  2. Apply research methods in specific media contexts.
  3. Work in a team to critically analyse and debate a media issue.
  4. Write a research paper on a media topic.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Activity Tutorial Participation 10% Ongoing 1.
Research Paper Research Paper 30% Week 6 1, 2, 4.
Essay Debate: Individual written argument 20% Week 10 1, 2, 4.
*Debate Debate: Oral presentation 10% Week 11 1, 3.
Computer-Aided Examination (Closed) Final exam 30% Final Examination Period 1.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

In general, the educator in charge of the class will indicate when mobile devices should be used, or not used, during classes. Students will be encouraged to use mobile devices during class time where this enhances or supports the learning environment. The Faculty is concerned that mobile devices may distract from the learning process, and particularly from interactive discussion. It is believed that the academic performance of students may be enhanced if the educator actively assumes the responsibility of indicating when and how mobile devices should be used in the teaching process. For this subject, please put all mobile devices away unless the lecturer asks you to bring them out for use in a learning activity.

Subject curriculum

Introduction to mass media

Media and society: What do the media do to us?

Language and the social construction of reality

Mediation and representation; Texts, meanings, and audiences

Semiology; Reading images and advertisements

Discourse and ideology

Culture jamming and counter-hegemony

Genres, codes, and conventions

Narrative structure and binary oppositions

Documentary and reality TV

Why stories?

Stars and celebrities

Approved on: Jul 7, 2018. Edition: 3.2