2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



5.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 751665


The Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is designed for people who intend to work as a professional engineer or administrator within an engineering environment. The engineering component provides students with the professional skills required of industry practitioners, while the journalism component provides presentation and communication skills. Students will be able to present often complex material to clients in a range of formats, including: print, online or broadcast. Alternatively, students may decide to pursue a career in journalism, working either for a specialist engineering or science-based publication, or a general news outlet.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

A number of the course learning outcomes in each of these degrees complement and consolidate outcomes in the partner degree. Applied across two discipline areas, the outcomes are achieved at a broader and more comprehensive level.

The outcomes which are common and consolidated in this joint degree ensure that on successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Apply the skills required to function effectively as part of a team;
  2. Independently research and produce disciplinary responses;
  3. Effectively communicate with a range of audiences;
  4. Apply culturally informed principles to disciplinary work;
  5. Apply ethical principles to disciplinary work.

Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Handbook page of each individual degree for a comprehensive list of degree course learning outcomes.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of this degree, students must complete a minimum of 264 credit points comprised of the following:

  1. 90 credit points of core subjects for the Bachelor of Journalism as outlined in the schedule below;
  2. 174 credit points of Engineering subjects taken from the following:
    1. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Core Subjects
    2. Plus the subjects leading to one of the Engineering degrees:
  3. If necessary, (depending on your Engineering specialisation), elective subjects to bring the total number of credit points completed to 264;
  4. A minimum of 12 weeks of approved professional engineering experience during the course*;
  5. No more than 90 credit points at 100 level.

Students must achieve a clear pass in the core 300 level subjects to be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Students may consult with academic advisors in the relevant School concerning the selection of appropriate subjects.

* A part-time candidate in approved full-time engineering employment may be exempted from up to three specified subjects in accordance with the provisions of the Professional Options subjects, thereby enabling the joint course to be completed in a shorter time.

Journalism Core Subjects for the Bachelor of Journalism-Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
BCM 110Introduction to Communication and Media Studies6
BCM 113Media Ethics and Law6
JRNL101Media Reporting and Storytelling 16
JRNL102Convergent Media Reporting and Production6
JRNL202Media Editing and Production Practice6
JRNL203Audio Journalism Production 16
JRNL204Video Journalism Production 16
JRNL212Magazine and Lifestyle Journalism6
JRNL301Data Journalism Research and Investigation6
JRNL302Narrative Portfolio6
JRNL303Journalism Newsroom6
JRNL304Journalism Internship6
JRNL313Podcasting and Audio Journalism Production 26
JRNL314Video Journalism Production 26
JRNL315Journalism Project6


Click on subject codes in the above course structure for information on sessions of offer for each subject.

To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page .

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Component

Undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

As part of the Engineering degree, students are required to complete a period of professional experience within an industry related to their major. This compulsory component is comprised of 420 hours over 12 weeks of work-based placement. It is preferable that candidates undertake this requirement during the summer recess, between the third and fourth years of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree. Exemption from the requirement may be given to a student who has passed one or more of the Professional Option subjects. Refer to Discipline Directors of Studies for details.

For the Journalism component of the double degree, students must complete a minimum of 70 hours of compulsory work-based placements. Students will complete this placement in the Journalism Internship subject, JRNL304, in their final year. This subject provides students with the opportunity to apply the skills acquired during their university subjects as an internship with a professional media organisation. Students will be required to work in the newsroom (or other suitable work environment). Students who obtain a position in a newsroom will be required to work under the direction of a chief of staff, news director or other nominated person. They will be expected to research, write and, where necessary, produce audio and video stories to deadline. This may be daily, weekly or monthly, depending on the publication/broadcast deadlines of the publication/program they are working for. Students who obtain work experience in a cognate field will be required to produce content (speeches, information packs, media releases, or other documents). Again, they will work under the direction of a nominated employee.

In total students complete 490 hours of work-based placement over 14 weeks. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Other Information

Further information is available via email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au or eis@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 February, 2018