PCM5200 Identifying and Researching Sources
|Semester 2, 2019 Online|
|Short Description:||Ident & Researching Sources|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts|
|School or Department :||School of Humanities & Communication|
|Student contribution band :||Band 1|
|ASCED code :||100700 - Communication & Media Studies|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
Examiner: Andrew Hickey
The rapid pace of change in digital technologies has generated an unprecedented global inundation of information and disinformation. Students need to be equipped with the knowledge to enable them to: discern the credibility and reliability of information; authentically and ethically use primary and secondary materials; and produce communications content that reflects quality professional practice.
Students in this course develop knowledge and skills to become more discriminating producers and consumers of content. The course seeks to help students recognise reliable information, and teaches them how to apply critical-thinking skills to act on such information. Information and media literacy skills, and their application to professional contexts, are an important focus of this course.
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- identify, select and interview credible and relevant talent for interviews
- identify, select and ethically incorporate credible and relevant primary and secondary source materials for communications content
- sort, scrutinise and articulate different types of information
- simplify specialist or complex information into engaging communications formats.
|1.||Ethical and effective research||35.00|
|3.||Effective interviewing techniques||20.00|
|4.||Structuring information into communications content||25.00|
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://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2019&sem=02&subject1=PCM5200)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|RESEARCH TASK||100||25||15 Aug 2019|
|INTERVIEWS||100||25||19 Sep 2019|
|PROJECT||100||50||24 Oct 2019|
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.
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 for that item.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
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 items for the course.
There is no examination in this course.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.
Evaluation and benchmarking
In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
- conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
- forms part of the Graduate Certificate of Professional Communication and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.