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MSD2550 Television and Streaming Platforms

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Kelly McWilliam


Enrolment is not permitted in MSD2550 if CMS2017 has been previously completed.


Television has been one of the most popular leisure activities in Australia since its emergence. It is also one of the most rapidly changing amid a range of technological advancements and challenges, from the emergence of streaming platforms to the shifting conceptions of news, entertainment, and audiences in an internet age. This course charts the development of television from broadcast media through to diverse streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, and others to provide students with key disciplinary and industry knowledge.

In this course, students examine television, chart its broadcast emergence to its streaming present, and consider it in the context of changing cultural, industrial, and technological developments. They are introduced to key televisual concepts, genres, and narratives, and are given the opportunity to engage with the televisual industry. Students will complete the course with a Television Pitch ready for inclusion in their job-ready Media Studies portfolios.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. develop knowledge of television from its broadcast past to its streaming present;
  2. apply competent communication in the discussion of discuss televisual audiences;
  3. ethically apply key concepts of media studies to the scholarly analysis of televisual texts;
  4. use scholarly and industry knowledge to innovate televisual content.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Television Pasts: Broadcast Media 25.00
2. Television Now: Streaming Media 25.00
3. Analysing Television 25.00
4. Pitching Television 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,2
Assignments Written Essay No 30 2,3
Assignments Written Research (proposal) No 40 2,4
Assignments Written Online forums No 20 1,2,3,4
Date printed 10 February 2023