There will be some changes made to assessment across several honours subjects in 2015. Tinkering in most cases rather than wholesale changes. The assessments undertaken in the honours subjects during 2014 are available.
The following will be sent to 2015 honours students shortly….
Dear 2015 honours student
Congratulations on receiving a place in the honours program for 2015.
Honours, while building upon your undergraduate degree, is a separate and quite different program. It has different expectations and demands than you may have experienced at university previously. You are also provided with some different resources.
To explain this, answer your questions, begin the process of choosing a research topic, lab, supervisor, address concerns, and to introduce you to honours, a two day orientation workshop is being held on Wednesday and Thursday February 25 and 26. The workshop begins at 10am each day, and will conclude at approximately 4:00pm.
During this orientation you will meet honours staff, and each other. Necessary paperwork and documentation will be completed. You will learn about the lab themes and supervisors for 2015.
The workshop will be held in the honours studio, which is located in Building 9 of the RMIT City Campus, on level 2, in rooms 5 and 6. Access is via the ‘Student Atelier’ on level 2.
Any questions you may have prior to the orientation workshop should be addressed to me please, as I’m the program manager — which simply means I’m the academic responsible for the honours program. I can be contacted after February 7 on 03 9925 3157, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Could you please RSVP to me so I can confirm numbers (an email is fine)? In the meantime please keep an eye on https://consilience-nls.com/blog/ for news as it comes to hand, and send any questions my way.
Looking forward to seeing you all on February 25th.
2014 honours graduate Verity Trott has received a scholarship to do her PhD at Melbourne University. She will be working on Feminist Activism in the Digital Age.
You’ve received an offer for honours in 2015, you’ve enrolled. What’s next? On Wednesday February 25th and Thursday February 26th, 10am to 4pm each day, there is the honours orientation workshop.
Yes, you are expected to be there. Both days. We outline honours, expectations, requirements, timetable, introduce you to teaching staff and supervisors. It is during this time that your lab selection will be made for semester one, and for most of you, begin focussing on your research topic and likely supervisor. This is where we explain how honours works, how your research will align to the research groups and centres in the School of Media and Communication (and why), and how all this will happen.
The workshop will be held in the honours studios: Building 9, Level 2, rooms 5 and 6.
So, remember, Feb 25/26, 10:00 to 4:00, in 9.2.6.
When I was but a wee pod I realised what I wanted to do; either be an astronaut, own my own country, or complete the Bachelor of Communications (Media) degree at RMIT. Having achieved the latter in 2006, I figured the best part of my life was over, so I went and took a job at a TV company.
Here, I have learned many great things about post-production (my particular area of interest), and developed some good technical know-how, as well as a “can-do” attitude. The particular company I’ve been working for are very accommodating, staffed by a variety of very talented people. For me this meant an environment which was very conducive to ‘cutting my teeth’ as it were, in the professional industry.
Unfortunately as the year progressed I felt myself becoming like a decaying sponge, having absorbed a range of useful information but also the grit and grime that comes with pleasing the commercial television system. Also I kept spilling tea on myself. As I approached the point where I was about ready to keel over and combust with the weight of an industry which continuously panders to/operates within the axis of evil, I figured it might be time to return to study the potential for more diverse media practice. Otherwise, a top year.
During my honours year I hope to explore networked media literacy, with particular attention to the current use and possibilities of video in the New Media landscape.
Research: Mobile Networked Media
Abstract: As the reach and accessibility of mobile communication technology increases – with the wide implementation of 3G cellular networks and a variety of handsets – the demand for rich content for portable devices will also rise. While there is already an array of video content tailored to mobile handsets and other portable devices, these are largely media objects which have been transposed from pre-existing mediums, in particular television.
As a freelance mobile video content producer, I will be establishing a production practice around video content for the small screen, by defining what skill sets are required to produce media objects for the new medium. While this will inform my own work as a media practitioner, it will also be made accessible online for anyone wishing to pursue mobile video production, as a means of helping generate a deeper understanding of what is emerging as an entirely new medium.
The work I’m doing includes a progressive analysis of technical considerations, such as which codecs to use, what networks/telcos provide best service, do’s and don’t do’s.
Most important of all though will be the content production model, which will inform producers of how to go about producing video content for mobile. I will pay close attention to maintaining what the Media Team at Oulu call the ’semantics’ of the media object; i.e retaining elements which are essential to the meaning of the content.
My emphasis wont be so much on cultural and behavioral study; while this will perhaps inform some of my practice it will not be a point of focus. This is not a cultural study, it is a production logistics investigation/project.
Author: Jeremy Bowtell
Bethany completed a diploma in Media and Communication from RMIT in 2004. Her passion for media and the television industry encouraged Bethany to undertake further study, resulting in the completion of a Media degree in the school of Applied Communication at RMIT in 2007. Bethany majored in Television production and Asian media and Culture. She is extremely interested in the role of the Producer, the television production process as well as television programming throughout Asia, with a particular interest in game shows. Bethany hopes to do thorough research and put together a thesis that is informative, well written and insightful. Once completed, Bethany hopes her thesis will help her to be involved in Australian television and become a Producer in the industry.
Bethany enjoys spending time with her family and friends, drinking red wine, swimming, shopping, cooking and hosting dinner parties. Growing up overseas in Singapore and New Zealand, Bethany was able to meet a lot of interesting people and experience various cultures, customs and food!
Research: Media Masters
Abstract: There is a gap in knowledge between media students and the media industry. With the development of an RMIT Masters of Communication (Media) program, we can create ways to close this gap and prepare beneficial industry pathways for students. The Masters of Communication (Media) program will also give students the (cross-platform) skills that are currently in demand by the industry.
Media is the only discipline in the school of Applied Communication that does not have a Masters program. Previously there was Masters of Media Production which was cut (2004) due to not enough interest and too much variety in students’ capabilities. I am very interested in being able to contribute to the education of future media students and helping to create the most beneficial course to teach them the skills and knowledge needed in the media industry. I want to assist in creating pathways between RMIT media students and the most successful areas within the media industry.
This research matters to not only myself and fellow media students, but also to RMIT University and the media Industry as a whole. By creating a program that includes industry professional suggestions and the skills that are in demand, a new wave of media students will be created. These students will be desirable to potential employers as they have been taught the skills that are needed and important for working in today’s media environment. This course has the potential to help RMIT to become the first place that media employers will look for media graduates to become a part of their business.
Author: Bethany Skinner
Abstract: This thesis examines Radio Television Brunei Media Carnival, a promotional strategy developed to help promote Radio Television Brunei (RTB) to audiences in Brunei Darussalam. It summarises a short history of RTB, from its origins as sole broadcaster in Brunei to the loss of audiences caused by competition with a satellite television station broadcasting from Malaysia, and attempts by RTB to counter through the creation of new channels with programming similar to externally produced content. It then examines the strategies of RTB Carnival, which is a further attempt to win back its audience by re-branding its tarnished reputation. This thesis argues that this strategy has failed. The main purpose of the research is to propose what should be done next, via a comparison of Carnival with other forms of promotion used by broadcast networks in the West. The outcome of the thesis is a comparison of different strategies that could be adopted by RTB, which will adhere to Brunei’s philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy.
Author: Nisa Halim
Supervisor: Philip Dearman
Nisa joined the 2010 honours program aiming to learn more about her passion for the cinema. Still searching for loops and holes that can be explored in her favourite silent films, she seeks inspiration through photography, Charlie Chaplin, and auteur biographies.