FAHE13003 - Special Topic
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is to allow for a supervised reading program in a specialist area of humanities and/or communication studies. A supervised reading program enables students to study a special area of communication available by coursework. The proposed topic must be negotiated with the prospective supervisor.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 100%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
The due date for the assessment was not updated, something I mentioned several times. The assignment description for for my particular area (creative artefact) was a little difficult to understand at first. Student Feedback. Details of the assessment will be reviewed and improved descriptors added.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of a specialist area of humanities and/or communication studies through a closely supervised reading program
  2. Show an understanding of the current literature relevant to the specialist area of communication
  3. Present a cogent written essay which will encapsulate the findings of the reading program
  4. Engage in self-management

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy    
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence    
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment                

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

Reading materials including textbooks for this unit depend on student's individual projects and their supervisors.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorJohn Fitzsimmons (j.fitzsimmons@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Please contact your supervisor in the first instance, or the Unit Coordinator, John Fitzsimmons, to discuss a suitable topic.

Week 2 13-03-2017
Week 3 20-03-2017
Week 4 27-03-2017
Week 5 03-04-2017
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017
Week 7 24-04-2017
Week 8 01-05-2017
Week 9 08-05-2017
Week 10 15-05-2017
Week 11 22-05-2017
Week 12 29-05-2017
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Please contact your supervisor in the first instance, or the Unit Coordinator, Mike Danaher, to discuss a suitable topic or project. The assessment requirement is typically around 5,000 words or equivalent, depending on other components of the project. Once you have negotiated a topic or project with your supervisor, you will be provided with a topic / project outline that lists its aims and objectives, its learning outcomes, the assessment details in full, details of what is involved with the topic/ project, and where applicable full details of any outside/ industry activity, organisation, staff and industry partners involved, work experience arrangements, and any other relevant matters.

For creative writing projects, please contact the Dr Nicole Anae (n.anae@cqu.edu.au) in the first instance; for professional writing projects, please contact the Head of the Professional Communication Course, Dr Celeste Lawson (c.lawson@cqu.edu.au).

Assessment Due Date As arranged with the topic/ project supervisor.
Return Date to Students As arranged with the topic/ project supervisor, or as soon as practicable after the end of term.
Weighting 100%
Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for projects will be negotiated as part of the initial set up and included in the project outline. All written work will be assessed to a high standard having regard to written expression and appropriate referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

As arranged with the topic/ project supervisor.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of a specialist area of humanities and/or communication studies through a closely supervised reading program

2. Show an understanding of the current literature relevant to the specialist area of communication

3. Present a cogent written essay which will encapsulate the findings of the reading program

4. Engage in self-management

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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