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MECO6941: Podcasting

Semester 2, 2020 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Podcasting is a relatively new genre of audio production, distribution and consumption with its own aesthetics and values. In this unit students will learn to produce documentary-style audio stories, learning practical skills necessary for working in radio and producing podcasts for various media industries.

Unit details and rules

Unit code MECO6941
Academic unit Media and Communications
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Lea Redfern,
Demonstrator(s) Tegan Nicholls,
Tutor(s) Zoe Ferguson,
Evangelia Tsamoglou,
Allison Chan,
Kim Lester,
Kyla Slaven,
Sarah Mashman,
Jennifer Macey,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Present draft audio in W10 or 11
Class presentation of work-in-progress. Give and receive feedback
5% Multiple weeks
Due date: 13 Nov 2020 at 23:59
200 word equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO11 LO10 LO9 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation class engagement and learning
10% Ongoing Variable
Outcomes assessed: LO10 LO11
Assignment Podcast posting
Online submission
5% Week 02
Due date: 06 Sep 2020 at 23:59
200 words equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO9 LO10 LO11
Assignment Narration (audio recording)
Online submission
15% Week 04
Due date: 20 Sep 2020 at 23:59
650 words equivalent (2 minutes)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Assignment Pitch/synopsis
verbal and online submission
10% Week 06
Due date: 02 Oct 2020 at 23:59
300 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO10 LO11
Assignment Interview (audio recording)
online submission
20% Week 07
Due date: 18 Oct 2020 at 23:59
1000word equiv(3-5 minutes + reflection)
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO10
Assignment Audiogram/trailer (audio recording)
Online submission and class presentation
5% Week 09
Due date: 01 Nov 2020 at 23:59
150 word equiv (1 minute)
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO11
Assignment Podcast (audio recording)
online submission
30% Week 12
Due date: 22 Nov 2020 at 23:59
2000word equiv(10-min audio recording)
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO10 LO11

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.
  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. pitch a podcast idea
  • LO2. understand scripting and presentation
  • LO3. edit audio
  • LO4. use microphones to enhance audio quality
  • LO5. conduct an audio interview
  • LO6. write for the spoken word
  • LO7. understand sound design
  • LO8. make a podcast
  • LO9. provide and accept constructive feedback on peers' work
  • LO10. Identify constructive feedback and incorporate where appropriate
  • LO11. Develop an understanding of what makes a successful podcast

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

In response to last years feedback we will be incorporating more technical instruction in class.

Additional costs

It is essential that students subscribe to Adobe Audition. There are student rates available through the university.


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