COMM13110 - Communication Project A
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit gives students an opportunity to undertake a project of their choice in a professional communication discipline in which they have already done a substantial amount of study. The project is flexible and is designed by students in consultation with academic and workplace supervisors. It may involve academic research into professional communication practice; creative media practice; or professional communication-related work placement with an approved organisation (minimum 120 hours). The unit is offered subject to the availability of an appropriate supervisor, who will work with the student to devise assessment tasks that will meet negotiated and specific project learning outcomes. Selected industry placements and research projects are available on a competitive basis. Students considering this unit are advised to contact the School or the Unit Coordinator prior to enrolment.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: Students must have completed 48 credit points prior to taking this unit

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 2 - 2017
  • Distance

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 Pass/Fail
2. Practical and Written Assessment 90%
3. Practical Assessment 10%

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.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • 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

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

Evaluation

Term 1 - 2013: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25% response rate.

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
Moodle navigation. 'Have your Say' survey. Reviewed at Annual Program and Course Enhancement meeting, October 2013. Incorporate introductory video to Moodle site.
Require reflection and essay for project students as well as work placement students. Staff reflection. Annual Program and Course Enhancement meeting, October 2013. Incorporate need for reflective journal and essay for media project students.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop objectives and criteria for a professional communication project that upon successful completion will demonstrate knowledge at graduate level of professional communication practice; and
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and relevant skill at graduate level of professional communication practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
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            
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There is no set textbook for this unit.

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 CoordinatorLynette Costigan (l.costigan@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 10-07-2017

Project Confirmation

Select and discuss project topic with supervisor

Week 2 17-07-2017

Project Work

Week 3 24-07-2017

Project Work

Proposal Submission

Proposal Due Friday (28 Jul 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Week 4 31-07-2017

Project Work

Project Discussion (Collaborate)

Week 5 07-08-2017

Project Work

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Project Work

Week 7 28-08-2017

Project Work

Week 8 04-09-2017

Project work

Week 9 11-09-2017

Project Work

Week 10 18-09-2017

Project Work

Week 11 25-09-2017

Project Work

Week 12 02-10-2017

Project Work

Most projects due, subject to negotiation

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Portfolio or work placement Due Monday (09 Oct 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Supervisor Appraisal Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 06:00 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Proposal
Task Description

Students will have discussed the topic for their project (see Assessment item 2 for details) with their Academic Supervisor in the first weeks of term, and this assessment aims to provide confirmation and feedback on the approach.

For this assessment, students will:

1) submit a short document in PDF/PowerPoint form that provides an overview of their project (by the end of Week 3); and then
2) participate in an online Zoom session at the beginning of Week 4 to discuss their project with staff and peers.
NOTES:
a) The proposal document should be succinct - no more than two pages if PDF, no more than four slides if PowerPoint. See below for content required within the document.
b) Participation in the Zoom session is compulsory. The purpose of this assessment is to get feedback from academic staff as to the scope of your project, and to facilitate conversation about issues and opportunities. It is intended as a formative, open session. If you have a legitimate reason for non-attendance, you will need to negotiate an alternative appointment with the Unit Coordinator. Details about how to connect using Zoom are available via the unit website.
c) You may have started your project in consultation with the Unit Coordinator. You will still be required to participate in this session to receive early guidance and feedback about your project.
PROPOSAL DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS
For work placements and media projects
Work placement or media project proposal slides should include:
  • a background of workplace and its operation; or background to/inspiration for idea if a media project
  • details of your project
  • proposed schedule/timetable of activities
  • desired learning outcomes (what do you want to be able to do/achieve) by the end of the project
  • your expectations and aims for the duration of the placement or project
  • the name and contact details of your Workplace or Project Supervisor who will provide a report on your progress and ability at the end of term
  • evidence that your Workplace or Project Supervisor is aware of the Student/Client agreement (see the Moodle site for the agreement)
Research project proposal slides should include:
  • a statement of the research topic or question
  • a broad review of major literature relating to the topic area
  • a research proposal and research plan
Assessment Due Date Week 3 Friday (28-Jul-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 4 Monday (31-Jul-2017)
Feedback on projects will be provided via a compulsory Zoom session in Week 4.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

This piece of assessment is required, as it establishes the course of action for the term.

To achieve a PASS grade for this assessment, students are required to:

a) develop PowerPoint slides or PDF for presentation to a professional standard;

b) upload Proposal to Moodle by the due date;

c) be present and prepared to discuss your project at the online session on Monday night, Week 4.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Develop objectives and criteria for a professional communication project that upon successful completion will demonstrate knowledge at graduate level of professional communication practice; and

2. Demonstrate knowledge and relevant skill at graduate level of professional communication practice.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Portfolio or work placement
Task Description

Students will choose ONE of the following workplace, project-based or research oriented activities:

  1. WORK PLACEMENT: A work placement in an approved organisation for no less than 120 hours. The organisation must be selected in consultation with the Unit Coordinator and Academic Supervisor. Students will produce a portfolio, a reflective journal and a 2,000 word essay based on a question devised in consultation with the Academic Supervisor.
  2. MEDIA PRODUCT: Produce a media product which demonstrates the application of advanced high-level production skills (e.g. short film, radio documentary, book, graphic design product). Students will also submit a reflective journal and a 2,000 word essay based on a question devised in consultation with the Academic Supervisor.
  3. RESEARCH TOPIC: Academically oriented research into a communication topic, resulting in a 6,000 word dissertation (for example, analysis of use of press releases by journalists in a regional news room, the effectiveness of email as a communication form).

Each project is very different but the ultimate requirement is the same: you need to provide evidence of the work you have done. The specific details of your individual project will be finalised in consultation with the Unit Coordinator or your allocated Academic Supervisor.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Marks and feedback will normally be returned within two weeks of assignment submission.
Weighting 90%
Assessment Criteria

The Assessment Criteria will vary depending on whether students select the work placement, media product or research topic. Marking matrices are available on Moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

For Media Project students, an offline submission may be required.

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

1. Develop objectives and criteria for a professional communication project that upon successful completion will demonstrate knowledge at graduate level of professional communication practice; and

2. Demonstrate knowledge and relevant skill at graduate level of professional communication practice.

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

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



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Supervisor Appraisal
Task Description

The Unit Coordinator will appraise the student’s work using industry, professional or academic standards.

In the event of an external work placement, the Academic Supervisor will liaise directly with the organisation in order to obtain this appraisal. Students doing an external work placement need to submit the contact details of their immediate Workplace Supervisor with their proposal. The Unit Coordinator/Academic Supervisor will then contact the Workplace Supervisor after reviewing the student's portfolio submission.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 06:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Marks and feedback will normally be returned within two weeks of assignment submission.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

The Supervisor Appraisal form is available on Moodle. Criteria will vary depending on whether the student has chosen a work placement, media product or research project. Criteria will include ability, reliability, response to feedback, and presentation.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Demonstrate knowledge and relevant skill at graduate level of professional communication practice.

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

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




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