Course Coordinator:Jane Stephens (email@example.com) School:School of Business and Creative Industries
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.
New information technologies continually spawn legal risks and present ethical challenges to professional communicators. A legal mistake - even if accidental - could cost millions of dollars. This course centres on developing an essential understanding of the laws affecting professional communicators, including defamation, contempt, copyright and privacy. The ethical frameworks that guide best professional practice are also thoroughly explored and tested. An understanding of both the legal and ethical areas equips future professional communicators to work more expertly and confidently.
|Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities.||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled face to face workshops.||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Learning materials – Interactive online learning activities.||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Scheduled online workshops (Recorded).||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Ethical frameworks in communications professions, Australian legal system, privacy, defamation, contempt of court, freedoms and limitations, intellectual property, discrimination and censorship.
200 Level (Developing)
|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||Research an ethical problem affecting communications professionals and present decision based on ethical considerations.||
|2||Explain the legal system elements, structures and parameters as they apply to writing and publishing.||
Creative and critical thinker
|3||Discuss, reflect on and apply lessons of significant relevant cases and legislation.||
|4||Demonstrate how to produce professional products that are legally sound.||
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Principles and concepts of disciplines as laid out in the introductory creative industry courses.
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Formative online quizzes are part of the weekly content from Week 1.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Week 6||Online Submission|
|Week 10||In Class|
|All||3||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||40%||
|Week 13||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Short answer response|
To reflect basic legal concepts
Professional/industry format. You will undertake a short-answer, in-class test. Questions will be taken from course content up to Week 6.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Oral presentation|
To enable you to demonstrate your understanding and apply ethics in professions that deal in public communications.
Professional/industry format. In groups, you will give a presentation on an ethical scenario selected from a list. One mark will be given to the group. You will reflect scholarly understanding and professional application. You will explore the background, consider contributing factors and deliver possible outcomes.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Multiple-choice test|
To demonstrate your understanding of the content explored in this course.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
Academic format. Questions will be drawn from all areas of the course.
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.
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.
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.
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
Late submission of assessment tasks may 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 after 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 to negotiate an outcome.
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