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C10376v2 Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation

Award(s): Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (BComm)
Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCIInn)

UAC code: 609505 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 087780C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Notes

Students who commenced the Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation before 2016 can view their course program at Course transition arrangements.


Overview
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information

Overview

Journalism education at UTS is based on the principle that professional journalism is founded on the public's right to know. This degree develops professional skills across all media and critically engages with the intellectual, ethical and political foundations of journalism.

Taking a trans-disciplinary approach, the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation utilises multiple perspectives from diverse fields, integrating a range of industry experiences, real-world projects and self-initiated proposals, equipping graduates to address the wicked problems, complex challenges and untapped opportunities in today's world.

The course is designed to meet the essential practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed for a career in journalism. Students gain a crucial understanding of the role that journalists play in creating a democratic public sphere, providing a forum for debate and giving voice to diverse communities. The course equips students with advanced research, writing, reporting and analytical skills for print, television, video, radio, audio and online media; and knowledge of the intellectual, ethical and political foundations of journalism.

By focusing on the high-level conceptual thinking and problem-solving practices that lead to the development of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial outcomes, students of the combined degree also gain leading edge capabilities that are highly valued in the globalised world, including dealing with critical and creative thinking, invention, complexity, innovation, future scenario building and entrepreneurship, and the ability to work on their own, across and between other disciplines. These creative intelligence competencies enable graduates to navigate across a rapidly accelerating world of change.

Career options

Career options include reporters, producers, publishers, editors, sub-editors, feature and freelance journalists, investigative journalists, media researchers, and strategists in the print, broadcast and online media.

By being creative thinkers, initiators of new ideas, scenario planners, global strategists, open network designers or sustainable futures innovators within their chosen field of study, graduates maximise the potential of their chosen profession, making them highly sought after graduates with the ability to identify and develop solutions to some of the most complex issues that face their disciplines and society.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Possess a well-developed awareness of professional practice in the context of the communication industries
2.1 Possess information literacy skills to locate, gather, organise and synthesise information across diverse platforms to inform the understanding of the communication industries
2.2 Be reflexive critical thinkers and creative practitioners who are intellectually curious, imaginative and innovative; with an ability to evaluate their own and others' work
3.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that are inclusive of and mine for ideas from diverse disciplines
3.1 Demonstrate an awareness and knowledge of global contexts and openness to cultural exchange
3.2 Design, develop and apply appropriate team-based decision making frameworks and participate collaboratively in teams according to proposed intentions
3.2 Employ professional skills responsibly and respectfully in a global environment
4.1 Possess a critical understanding of the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within contemporary Australian politics, history and culture
4.2 Integrate knowledge of Indigenous issues in professional practices and engage responsibly in communicating with and about Indigenous people and communities
5.1 Possess the awareness of ethical practice in the personal, political and professional contexts of civil society
5.2 Possess the skills to behave ethically in personal and professional contexts
6.1 Possess well-developed skills and proficiencies to communicate and respond effectively and appropriately across different contexts
6.2 Demonstrate digital literacy and production skills across a range of media and media texts
CII.1.1 Identify and represent the components and processes within complex systems and organise them within frameworks of relationships
CII.1.2 Select, apply and evaluate various techniques and technologies for investigating and interpreting complex systems
CII.1.3 Discern common qualities of complex systems and model their behaviour
CII.1.4 Generate insights from the creative translation of models and patterns across different systems
CII.2.1 Recognise the nature of open, complex, dynamic and networked problems
CII.2.2 Explore the relevance of patterns, frameworks, approaches and methods from different disciplines, professional practices or fields of inquiry for gaining insights into particular problems, proposals, practices, contexts and systems
CII.2.3 Analyse problem situations or contexts from multiple disciplinary or personal perspectives and integrate findings in creative and useful ways
CII.2.4 Test the value of different patterns, frameworks and methods for exploring and addressing complex challenges
CII.2.5 Interrogate and generate ways to create value and evaluate outcomes
CII.2.6 Examine, articulate and appreciate the speculative or actual value of outcomes for different stakeholders, communities or cultures over time
CII.3.3 Use a range of appropriate media, tools, techniques and methods creatively and critically in multi-disciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts
CII.3.4 Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and persuasively to a diverse team or audience
CII.3.5 Create environments to support inspiration and reflexivity so that inter- and trans-disciplinary practices can develop and thrive
CII.3.6 Recognise problems, challenges and opportunities that require transdisciplinary practices and assemble relevant teams to begin dealing with those problems, challenges and opportunities
CII.4.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively on them
CII.4.2 Work within different community, organisational or cultural contexts to design and develop ideas, strategies and practices for betterment
CII.4.3 Make decisions that recognise the humanity of others by engaging ethically and with sensitivity to the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures
CII.4.4 Take a leadership role in identifying and working to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation
CII.5.1 Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intrapreneurship) or by building a new context (entrepreneurship)
CII.5.2 Explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires
CII.5.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation
CII.5.4 Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact

Key

CII = Creative Intelligence and Innovation course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Admission to the combined degree is on merit according to the admissions policy for the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) (C10361).

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a four-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points consisting of 24 credit points of communication core subjects, a 48-credit-point major and potential 48-credit-point second major (subject to application), 24 credit points of cross-disciplinary electives and a 96-credit-point creative intelligence and innovation core. Students who do not meet the requirements to study the second major complete 48 credit points of electives.

Industrial training/professional practice

As part of the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), students take part in relevant and applied journalism tasks throughout the course, and can elect to undertake a professional placement with a media organisation.

In the final year of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, students can undertake between 6 and 12 credit points of internship (work experience) that relates to innovation within their research, career development or core degree specialisations. For students undertaking 12 credit points of internship, international internships may be negotiated.

This course involves significant industry engagement as part of the learning process. Students may be required to relinquish intellectual property when they opt in to certain industry-related experiences, particularly relating to internships and capstone projects.

Course completion requirements

STM91104 Communication core 24cp
MAJ10046 Journalism 48cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp
CBK91116 Major/Electives 48cp
STM90839 Core subjects (Creative Intelligence and Innovation) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

Autumn commencing
Year 1
Autumn session
54000 Citizenship and Communication   8cp
54020 Stories from the Streets: Local Journalism, Social Media   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91118 Stream choices 16cp  
July session
81511 Problems to Possibilities   8cp
Spring session
54001 Digital Literacies   8cp
54021 Live Action: Multiplatform Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91118 Stream choices 16cp  
Summer session
81512 Creative Practice and Methods   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
54002 Communicating Difference   8cp
54022 Digging Deeper: Current Affairs and Longer-form Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
July session
81513 Past, Present, Future of Innovation   8cp
Spring session
54023 From Dirty Data to Vivid Visualisation   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Summer session
81514 Creativity and Complexity   8cp
Year 3
Autumn session
54024 The Hive: Collaborative Journalism   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
July session
81515 Leading Innovation   8cp
Spring session
54025 Industry Portfolio   8cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91115 Cross-disciplinary electives 24cp  
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
CBK91120 Second major 48cp  
CBK91119 Electives 32cp  
Summer session
81516 Initiatives and Entrepreneurship   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
81521 Envisioning Futures   6cp
81531 Innovation Capstone: Research and Development   12cp
Select 8 credit points from the following:   8cp
81522 Innovation Internship A 6cp  
81523 Speculative Start-up 6cp  
Spring session
81524 Professional Practice at the Cutting Edge   6cp
81525 Innovation Internship B   6cp
81532 Innovation Capstone: Realisation and Transformation   12cp

Other information

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