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CMS2017 Television: History, Texts and Industry

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: TV: History, Texts & Industry
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 100700 - Communication & Media Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Andrew Mason

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to UConnect for this course.


Television is a key apparatus of popular culture and one of the most employed media of the Australian public sphere, contributing greatly to the repertoire of cultural meanings and practices of everyday life. Television informs, entertains, reflects and reinforces notions of who we are, what our culture means and how we relate to others. Television feeds into almost all aspects of Australian society including commerce, politics, economics and identity. This course surveys the cultural functions, institutional structures and industry approaches associated with Australian television.


This course approaches different ways to study and think about television, within an Australian and global context. A history of television, television as a business enterprise, the role of public broadcasters, television and representation, ways of understanding audiences and analysing television content are all included in this course.


On successful completion of this course students will:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of selected Australian and global televisual forms and their relation to contemporary Australian cultures and economies
  2. theorise popular culture and the construction, circulation and reception of texts
  3. display an ability to discuss televisual texts as sites of meaning relevant to various audiences
  4. develop knowledge of the industrial aspects and its relationship to the broader society.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of television 10.00
2. Television and narrative 15.00
3. Television, audiences and everyday life 25.00
4. The industry and economies of Australian television 25.00
5. Approaches to studying television. 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Bignell, J 2012, An introduction to television studies, 3rd edn, Routledge, New York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Creeber, G (ed) 2015, The television genre book, 3rd edn, British Film Institute, London.
Cunningham, S & Jacka, E 1996, Australian television & international mediascapes, Cambridge UP, Cambridge.
Continuum, USQ Online Journal

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 26.00
Independent Study 139.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ESSAY 1 100 30 29 Mar 2019
ESSAY 2 100 40 24 May 2019
EXAM 100 30 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be a restricted exam. The total working time for the exam is 2 hours. The exam date will be available via UConnect when the official exam timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students’ responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Restricted Examination
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are:
    o writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination);
    o Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
    o Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate’s possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.