Letters are being prepared, envelopes sealed, posties posting the invitation to this years two day pre-honours workshop. Wednesday 24 February and Thursday 25 February. 10am to 4pmish each day, in 9.2.6. More details will be in the letter.
Second round offers have been made for Media and Communication honours in 2016. Everyone who has not received an offer has also had their application processed so you will receive notification that your application has been successful. Places this year were particularly competitive, and as has been the case each year, we find ourselves having to say no to more and more applicants.
In semester one everyone does Research Strategies and Media and Communication Futures. They are taught as a single large group. The only other subject you will do is your research lab. There are three different research labs (X, Y, and Z), which you will hear about during the honours orientation. You do one, and as there are three each will be on at a different time. Also, you won’t know which one of the three you will be in until after orientation. All honours classes are held in 9.2.6
The two subjects that you all do together are provisionally scheduled as:
- Media and Communication Futures, Tuesday 1:30 to 4:20
- Research Strategies,
Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 – 12:20
Everyone does one of the labs. There are three labs, you will be allocated a lab as part of the orientation workshop. The provisional lab times are (remember, you will be doing one of these):
- Lab Z Tuesday 9:30 – 12:20
- Lab X Thursday 1 – 3:50
- Lab Y Friday 1:30 – 4:20
So, many are wondering what’s going on for honours in 2016. First of all there have been (to date) 76 applications received for the 30 places available. The selection committee met in November and first round offers have been made. These offers have an enrolment deadline, and so in mid January enrolled numbers will be confirmed, and if necessary second round offers made.
This means that if you have applied for honours and heard nothing then you did not receive a first round offer. The way the RMIT system works you will hear nothing until we either make you an offer or let you know that you missed out – there’s no in between. (We often begin the year with nearly 40 students, as honours seems to have a high attrition rate (students leaving) to finish the year with 30 or so.)
You need to enrol in the full year of study, following the honours program plan. The timetable is not known at this point as honours has its own classroom (9.2.6) so we schedule things independently of all other courses. But this does mean teaching staff first have to find out their undergraduate teaching to then see when their honours teaching can happen.
In semester one you will be doing three hours of research strategies, three hours of media and communication futures, and three hours of research lab one. Semester two is only three hours of research lab two. We will try to have strategies and futures on the same day as this is something you all do together, but cannot promise this. Research lab is divided into three separate labs, you do one of them, so these get scattered across the week.
Finally, if you have received an offer and have enrolled you will receive a letter with details of a pre-honours orientation workshop. This goes over two days before semester begins. Dates for this aren’t finalised yet as there is a chance I may have to travel immediately before semester begins (and in the first week), so a few things need to be sorted out first.