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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Chris Nash


Previously coded JRM5915


This unit introduces students to a set of research and reporting approaches and techniques that enable in-depth investigation. The subject is designed to demonstrate a variety of practical research techniques, especially the use of public records and databases; to explore the relationship of investigative and news reporting; and to assist students to produce in-depth investigations of their own.


On satisfactory completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. recognise what distinguishes investigative journalism from other journalism.
  2. develop their own ideas for investigative projects.
  3. utilize advanced skills in finding and interviewing a wide range of sources.
  4. employ a range of investigative research techniques
  5. understand and utilise narrative and presentation techniques appropriate to in-depth journalism.
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the role of investigative journalism in a democratic society and an appreciation of its practical link to the concept of the 'public right to know'.
  7. achieve all of the above objectives at a higher level appropriate to a Level 5 unit.


Contribution to a information database: 15%
Minor Investigative report (1200 words): 25%
Research plan and brief for major report : 20%
Major Investigative project (2500 words): 40%

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week