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JOUR13-600: Journalism Project January 2019 [Standard]

General information

The content of special topics will vary. Students will be able to explore current and emerging issues relevant to their area of study under direct supervision.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:JOUR13-600
Subject title:Journalism Project
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Attendance and learning activities: Depending on student numbers and the nature of the projects, learning will be done in a small group or via direct supervision.


Prescribed resources:
  • Resources will be assigned/suggested based on the nature of your chosen project..
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Faculty approval required.

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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. Dependent upon study contract negotiated with supervisor


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Capstone Project As specified in study contract, this is the opportunity to do a long-form piece of journalism (or a series of shorter pieces) in an area of interest to you. This will form a major part of your industry portfolio, so choose a project you can feel excited about. It can be news, investigative, feature-writing, creative non-fiction, broadcast (radio, television, current affairs, podcasting), online (blogging/vlogging, multimedia) or even a hybrid or collaborative project. You'll negotiate the scope and nature of the project at the beginning of the semester. You'll be marked on the calibre of the work and your ability to meet the goals you outlined (professionalism and dedication to the project). 70% Progressive 1.
Essay As specified in study contract, this critical component is an opportunity to study the genre, style or content you'd like to produce, or to critique and compare comparative work, with a view to better planning and executing your practice-base project, and finding potential publication or self-publication opportunities for your major project. This assessment will include a short oral pitch, in which you will situate your work in its industry context—you'll be given feedback on this to help you shape your project. 30% Week 13 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.

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.

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

The project is undertaken in conjunction with a supervisor or as part of a small class of project students. It is an opportunity to specialise in an area (content or genre) of journalism you’re passionate about and to develop a major portfolio piece, ideally the kind of work you’d like to be doing after graduation. You nominate a project concept and pitch it to the supervisor/group, and we will work with you to help resource and execute it. In some circumstances you might also collaborate with another student on the project (although all critical work will be done individually and project work will be separately assessed). Some possible projects are: Writing scripts for a doco-series; writing an extended creative non-fiction story; creating a portfolio of feature articles; creating multi-media features; doing current affairs radio or TV docs; video or blogged book reviews; portfolio of layout/design elements, or design project (e.g. Magazine redesign); working on an investigative project; construction of a website; creation of a podcast series etc. There’s a lot of scope for you to work within your interests – and it’s important to choose something that plays to your strengths, ambitions and that you feel excited about.

Subject curriculum

Student will meet regularly with instructor, as outlined in contract, to discuss and review research and writing progress.

Approved on: Feb 6, 2018. Edition: 3.2