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JN3304 - Investigative Features

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

In this subject, students develop higher level research skills to produce substantial in-depth stories. Students work on one topic throughout the semester, alone or in teams, to produce informative and entertaining pieces across diverse media. The final story is worked through several drafts.

Learning Outcomes

  • to develop an understanding of the responsibilities of the feature writer as an informed social commentator;
  • to develop higher level skills of research and analysis;
  • to prepare feature articles of a standard suitable for publication.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: JN2021 AND JN2300
IA2003 JN2003 JN5003 JN5304


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Amy Forbes.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 20 hours tutorials
Assessment: presentations (25%); specialised feature 1 (25%); specialised feature 2 (35%); profile (15%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.