Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2019 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
Department: School of the Arts, English and Media

COSMOS mastered subject: Version 2000.01

Subject Information
Subject Code JRNL301
Subject Name Data Journalism Research and Investigation
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites JRNL101, JRNL102 plus 24CP at 200 level
Co-Requisites None.
Restrictions None.
Equivalence None.
Assessment Presentation 20% Portfolio 30% Simulated Professional Task 50%
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820  $ 820 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Course information not Found
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Course information not Found
775M-Course information not Found
776-Bachelor of Computer Science - Bachelor of Laws
778-Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology-Bachelor of Laws
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information None.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (04-03-2019 to 27-06-2019)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 1hr lecture, 2 hr tutorial per week
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Steinar Ellingsen
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Steinar Ellingsen
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2019

Subject Description
This subject extends students' experience in news and feature writing to critical media investigation of community issues. The subject will both present and analyse a range of case-studies of successful investigative stories as well as introduce students to the range of skills to produce similar stories. It includes a series of practical lectures and workshops on a range of topics, including using traditional resources to background stories, utilising the regulators (ASIC, ACCC, APRA), extracting information from government departments using FOI and other strategies. The subject will cover a range of investigative and research techniques; story composition; statistical interpretation; and media law and ethics. It will also explore the emerging area of data journalism using large public data sets and data visualisation as an effective form of investigative journalism.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Identify, analyse and articulate the role of investigative journalism and its historic and current effect on democratic institutions
2. Identify analyse and articulate investigative-oriented story angles in current community events and issues
3. Conduct independent research and enquiries into community issues using an appropriate mix of secondary data acquisition and analysis and original interviews
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the range of ways that data and data sets can be used and presented in investigative journalism
5. Research and produce an investigative story which appeals to a general readership and supports its argument with a range of evidence, including both strong original interview material and secondary data analysis

Textbook Information
Students will be advised of recommended texts at the commencement of session.
Text book information is available via the UniShop website:

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