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ALJ216 - Feature Writing


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kristy Hess
Trimester 3: Jennifer Martin




Incompatible with:

ALJ316, ALJ416

Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Trimester 2: 1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Trimester 2 and 3: Online independent and collaborative learning including 1-hour scheduled online workshop per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


In this unit, students are expected to combine journalism skills with academic techniques of research. The aim this trimester is to develop research and writing skills to a level where the student can produce feature articles suitable for publication. There is strong emphasis on finding original information from sources ranging from interviews to the Internet.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Evaluate the credibility and value of a wide range of themes and accompanying sources for story development and demonstrate the ability to look beyond the obvious in selecting topics to write about

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Conduct primary and secondary research to substantiate stories for publication

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Compose feature-style articles based on sound research, which are written and edited in accordance with industry standards

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Work in a digital-news environment; and identify audience-appropriate platforms to distribute stories

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1: (Individual) - Evaluate a feature story

1000 words or equivalent 25% Informstion not yet availalbe
Assessment 2: (Individual) - Pitching and planning feature stories  1000 words 25% Informstion not yet availalbe
Assessment 3: (Individual) - Writing a feature story 2000 words 50% Informstion not yet availalbe

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALJ216 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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