The focus of this unit is engaging with knowledge in a university-learning environment-a key requirement of transition to university. Students will investigate the uses of documentary photography and are introduced to the critiques of such uses. The unit embeds academic capabilities into the subject content such as academic reading, argumentative essay writing, referencing and library research. This unit is designed to take abstract ideas and apply them in a community setting. In this instance students will undertake the production of a digital documentary photographic exhibition.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Participate and contribute effectively in a Higher Education environment;  
  2. Communicate effectively within a range of university settings such as lectures, tutorials, VU Collaborate and library, and in off campus settings;  
  3. Plan and organise study, including goal setting, time management and development of a study plan;  
  4. Acquire a range of different academic skills, including written and oral communication and presentation; and  
  5. Undertake casework study (linked to University Town).  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Interview and photograph a local community person (equivalent to 500 words) Pass/Fail
Creative Works Exhibit a photograph and story in a community setting (equivalent to 100 words) Pass/Fail
Essay Argumentative essay (1000 words) Pass/Fail

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