PUB5006 Issues in Publishing and Technology
|Semester 2, 2013 Online Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities and Communication|
|Version produced :||24 May 2013|
Examiner: Pamela Hewitt
Moderator: Bryce Barker
Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.
Today’s publishing industry is undergoing the most dramatic change since the introduction of the printing press. The recent blurring between different production mediums means it is no longer sufficient to develop understanding of, or skills in, a single technology that results in printed words and pictures on paper. Issues in publishing and technology investigates the revolution that is taking place in the publishing industry, situates the publishing sector among the ‘new media’ industries, and develops an understanding of the interdependence between publishing to technology.
As digital technology progresses, it presents multiple application possibilities. Technology has always had a flow-on effect, and in digital technology, one form bleeds into another. Production technology has been digital for a couple of decades, even while the end product was still printed on paper and bound with glue. But now content, distribution and production are increasingly digitised as well. This course explores the production, transmission and marketing of ebooks and investigates what these changes will mean for publishing professionals of the future.
This course is an exploratory and reflective study of possible futures for the publishing industry. Students may by now already have a knowledge of the current practices and business structures which shape publishing as we know it today. This course considers the historical forces technological, economic and social that have influenced publishing. It also examines the nature of the newer technologies and reflects on what they might mean for the future.
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of developments that are occurring world-wide in publishing practices and in the technology used;
- analyse the effects of new technologies on the publishing industry;
- analyse the effects of new technologies on individuals, organisations and society;
- critically discuss developments in new technologies in relation to publishing;
- demonstrate an understanding of issues relating to costs, markets and intellectual property in relation to new technologies and the future of publishing
|1.||The history of print||10.00|
|2.||The new technologies||20.00|
|5.||The business perspective||20.00|
|6.||Summary of issues||20.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=PUB5006)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)
Flew, T 2008, New media: An introduction, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press Australia and New Zealand, South Melbourne, Vic.
Manovich, L 2002, The language of the new media, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
Australian Society of Authors 2010, E-books, royalties and contracts, http://www.asauthors.org/lib/ASA_Papers/ASA_Ebooks_Royalties_Contracts_2010.pdf.
Cull, B 2011, ‘Reading revolutions: online digital text and implications for reading in academe’, First Monday, vol. 16, no. 6, http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3340/2985.
Isakson, C 2010, ‘Australian book publishing and the Internet: how two Australian book publishing companies are using the Internet to engage with customers’, Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 65–74, http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/apprj/vol11no1.php#8.
Maxwell, JW & Fraser, K 2010, ‘Traversing Tthe Bbook of MPpub: an agile, web-first publishing model’, Journal of Electronic Publishing, vol. 13, no. 3, December 2010, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3336451.0013.303.
Guardian Online Books, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books.
Institute for the future of the book, http://www.futureofthebook.org/.
It is possible to find almost all the materials you need for your study for this course from the internet. It is the source of the most up-to-date information, but the quality of material varies greatly. Assessing the value of different types of articles and information is a necessary part of the information gathering process.
Maguire, A http://digireado.wordpress.com/.
Student workload requirements
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ESSAY 1||15||15||08 Aug 2013|
|ESSAY 2||20||20||26 Sep 2013|
|BUSINESS PROPOSAL/MAJOR ESSAY||50||50||17 Oct 2013|
|PARTICIPATION IN DISCUSSIONGRP||15||15||26 Oct 2013||(see note 1)|
- Assessed throughout semester
Important assessment information
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
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Students may be assigned an "Incomplete" grade to signify that all the requirements of the course have not yet been met. Students who are graded "I" can pass the course by successfully completing such additional work as prescribed by the examiner by a given date. Students who have been awarded an IM, ISM, IDM or IDB grade must access information regarding further work to be completed, in the Student Centre of U Connect. The Grades Page in the Student Centre contains information about further work to be completed. Students who have not completed the additional work to the satisfaction of the examiner by the given date will receive the appropriate Failing grade.
Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.