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Mass and Popular Media

Description

This subject provides you with theories and approaches to critically assess the relationship between mass and popular media and society. You will study and research how media represents our world, shapes our experiences, and exercises power in society. The subject gives special attention to how news is selected, produced, and disseminated. To develop your personal and professional understanding of mass and popular media, the subject considers many different examples and offers many opportunities to lead discussions with classmates. You will also produce a video essay based upon an interview and research.

  • Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
    Subject code: COMN12-203
    Subject title: COMN12-203: Mass and Popular Media
    Subject level: Undergraduate
    Semester/Year: January 2023
    Credit points: 10.000
  • Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable
    Delivery mode: Standard
    Workload items:
    • Forum: x12 () - Weekly Forum
    • Tutorial: x12 () - Weekly Tutorial
    • Personal Study Hours: x12 () - Recommended Study Hours
    Attendance and learning activities: As successful completion of this subject is heavily dependent on participation during all scheduled sessions, attendance will be monitored. 'Class Participation' does not equate to 'Class Attendance'. Merely 'being there' is insufficient to fulfil the following criteria: contribution, collaboration, preparation, cultural sensitivity, and initiative. Most sessions build on the content of the previous one. It is difficult for a student to recover the information if a session is missed. It is the responsibility of the student to view any available recordings of weekly live sessions to catch up on any content missed and to complete set work outside class. In addition to synchronous sessions, students should plan to spend a minimum of 84 hours undertaking preparation/out-of-class work/personal study for this subject. This is intended as a general guide only for workload planning, and more time may be required depending on factors such as familiarity with the content. It is recommended students bring their laptops to class.
  • Prescribed resources:

    Books

    • Michael O'Shaughnessy, Jane Stadler, Sarah Casey (2016). Media and Society. 6th, Oxford University Press, USA 560
    • Stuart Cunningham, Sue Turnbull (2014). The Media and Communications in Australia. 4th, Allen & Unwin 402
    • Melvin L. DeFleur, Margaret H. DeFleur (2016). Mass Communication Theories. n/a, Routledge 400
    • Eoin Devereux (2014). Understanding the Media. 3rd, Sage
    • W. James Potter (2016). Media Literacy. 8th, Sage Publications, Incorporated 576
    • Susanna Hornig Priest (2009). Doing Media Research. 2nd, SAGE 248
    • Andy Ruddock (2013). Youth and Media. n/a, SAGE 232
    • Denis McQuail,Mark Deuze (2020). McQuail's Media and Mass Communication Theory. n/a, Sage Publications Limited 712
    After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Academic unit: Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code: COMN12-203
Subject title: COMN12-203: Mass and Popular Media
Subject level: Undergraduate
Semester/Year: January 2023
Credit points: 10.000

Enrolment requirements

Requisites:

Nil

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Restrictions:

Assurance of learning

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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)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role that media plays in society.
  2. Apply theory to critically assess mass and popular media representations of society.
  3. Construct clear, evidence-based arguments.
  4. Produce a video essay on a current media issue.
  • Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
    Research Paper Conduct a semiotic textual analysis of a recent print advertisement to show how meaning is constructed. 40% Week 7 1,2,3
    Creative Project Create a short video essay about experiences as a news consumer based upon research about news consumption and one interview. 40% Week 12 1,3,4
    Activity Formally present answers to two tutorial questions across the entire semester and engage the tutorial group in discussion. 20% Ongoing 1,2,3,4
  • 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.

    Quality assurance

    For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Type Task % Timing Outcomes assessed
Research Paper Conduct a semiotic textual analysis of a recent print advertisement to show how meaning is constructed. 40% Week 7 1,2,3
Creative Project Create a short video essay about experiences as a news consumer based upon research about news consumption and one interview. 40% Week 12 1,3,4
Activity Formally present answers to two tutorial questions across the entire semester and engage the tutorial group in discussion. 20% Ongoing 1,2,3,4

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 student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

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.

Accessibility and Inclusion 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

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