Course Outline

CMN207 Podcasting and Radio News

Course Coordinator:Renee Barnes ( School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2024Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course develops journalistic knowledge and skills using sound for story delivery. You will explore the theories that underpin audio news and gain practical skills in editing and production. You will gather, develop and produce factual stories using sound in a style suitable for public audio broadcast and develop skills needed in radio news. You will also learn to create, market and distribute sound in other non-fiction storytelling modes, including podcast.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities. 1hr Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled online workshops (Recorded). 2hrs Week 1 12 times

Course Topics

Writing for sound


Designing and developing a podcast

Audio editing and production

Finding an audience

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Interpret and analyse the capacities, limitations and socio-professional implications of journalistic practices in audio media. Creative and critical thinker
2 Identify and research a story, conduct interviews and gather appropriate research and actuality material in the sound medium. Engaged
3 Critically evaluate the structure, ethics and purpose of successful podcasts. Empowered
4 Write and edit news stories based on the conventions of radio journalism . Knowledgeable
5 Edit audio to create clear, concise, accurate and engaging journalistic podcasts using a variety of audio elements and narrative conventions in an audio environment. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

This is a second level course so a demonstrated understanding of news writing, media ethics and news values is required. This course builds on radio news writing skills equivalent to those acquired in introductory level courses.

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Workshop activities will provide students with an opportunity to practice assessment tasks and receive early feedback. This will begin in week 1. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 30%
250 words and 45 secs
Week 5 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Essay Individual 25%
1000 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3a Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Group 30%
10 minutes and 500 words
Week 13 Online Submission
All 3b Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 15%
500 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:News story
To identify, and write an audio news stories and develop and record a voice report.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Professional/industry format
Using the interview material provided you will write and edit three versions of a radio news story. As it is common practice in a radio newsroom to prepare one story in multiple ways you will prepare a copy only story, copy and grab story, voice report in the correct radio news format
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Quality of story structure
2 4
Demonstration of audio editing to create engaging stories
Adnerence to rules of style, spelling, grammar, punctuation, style
All - Assessment Task 2:Essay
To understand the elements that comprise a successful journalism podcast
Product: Essay
Academic essay
You will critically analyse a successful podcast, interrogating its elements and structure to understand its appeal. Further details provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Quality of analysis
1 3
Interpretation of the genre's key devices and audiences
Ethical academic writing and presentation
Adherence to the rule of spelling, grammar, punctuation, style
1 3
All - Assessment Task 3a:Podcast
To create a journalistic podcast
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
Professional/industry format.
In groups you will plan, research, record, edit and produce a podcast that includes interview grabs, narration, music and natural sound. You will also provide supporting documentation. Further details as per Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Evidence of public interest
2 4
Integration of elements including quality of interviewees, music, narration and podcast conventions
Demonstration of audio editing to create an engaging story
Spelling, grammar, punctuation, style
Ability to develop compelling podcast concept and identify market
1 3
All - Assessment Task 3b:Reflection
To undertake a self and peer reflection of production of the group podcast.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
You will submit a written assessment the reflects on your contribution and those of your group members in the production of the podcast.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Critical evaluation of your individual contribution
Critical evaluation of each of your group members contribution
Spelling, grammar and professional communication

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Access to computer/laptop and (free) audio editing software.
Online students will need access to a good quality stereo audio recording device.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risks concerns may include working in an unknown environment as well as slip and trip hazards. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks will be penalised at the following maximum rate:

5% (of the assessment task’s identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
10% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the third day
20% (of the assessment task’s identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task
A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task.
Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late.

To request an extension, you must contact your Course Coordinator and supply the required documentation to negotiate an outcome.


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