School: Arts and Humanities

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  • Unit Title

    Business and Data Journalism
  • Unit Code

  • Year

  • Enrolment Period

  • Version

  • Credit Points

  • Full Year Unit

  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    Dr Kayt DAVIES


Private investors and public companies make a significant contribution to the shape of our cultural and physical landscape, and news about important new projects and developments often breaks first in the business pages. This unit equips students to access and report information from this sector by providing an overview of its structures and of the concepts that underpin the movement of money and the behaviour of companies. The unit is focused on practical journalistic skill development. In addition, data visualisation is a valuable industry skill to enable audiences to understand numbers and proportions across a range of journalistic topics. The unit will include basic skills required for the interpretation and creation of charts and infographics.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded JOU4109 and JOU3109

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Access and interpret relevant current and archived information about financial and corporate matters.
  2. Apply understanding of business and data vocabularies to construct business-related articles of a publishable standard.
  3. Construct meaningful graphs and infographics presenting newsworthy data.
  4. Describe the basic structure and mechanisms of economic and fiscal policy mechanisms.
  5. Judge why particular events in the business sector are newsworthy.

Unit Content

  1. An overview of the structure of, and mechanisms that drive, the economic and fiscal policy decisions.
  2. Discussion of newsworthiness in the business sector.
  3. Explanation of risk and reward, insider trading, global finance and sustainability.
  4. Practical exercises in financial and corporate information retrieval.
  5. Practical exercises in the production of business-related articles, graphs and inforgraphics of a publishable standard.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Workshops, lectures with interactive activities.


GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

PortfolioSeries of 4 tasks @ 10% each40%
AssignmentFeature article30%
ParticipationMarks for activities in tutorials30%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.