Credit points: 15

Subject outline

As workplaces become more interactive and interconnected, interviewing skills are becoming more important across a range of vocations. In this subject, students study the processes and skills required for interviewing, focussing on key case studies in literature, print journalism, cinema, broadcasting and online. A key component of the subject will be interviews undertaken by students in all or some of the key interview formats, including live discussion, email, pre-recorded audio and written profile pieces. Students undertaking this subject will gain a broader appreciation of the art of inquiry and personal interaction and develop greater confidence in everything from one on one communications to public speaking to critical analysis. Students will also gain a clear understanding of the use of quotation technique including quote punctuation, in written work and develop an appreciation of key editing issues, both practical and ethical.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrea Carson

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesExamples of interview practice demonstrated in lectures and tutorials and through the expertise of guest lectures from media and other fields. Assessment tasks will require students to identify and critique interviews and their role in the news process, democracy and other settings. Assessment tasks will require students to identify and critique interviews and their role in the news process, democracy and other settings.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsHUS1TIN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Develop an understanding of the history and formats of interviews in the media, and interview practice in journalism, and non-related fields.
02. Create written versions of interviews, with specific attention to developing formatting and editing skills and profile writing.
03. Practice interviewing skills in different settings such as live interviews, and develop skills to approach subjects to participate in the interview process and researching for an interview.
04. Critically evaluate interviews and the interview process in different settings
05. Writing for an online publishing platform, with particular emphasis on learning how to deploy hyperlinks, and how to best promote one's work.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Carson

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One essay reflecting critically on aspects of interviewing (1000 words) must include reference list

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

A portfolio of in-class activities (equivalent 1000 words) Includes attention to live interviewing preparation, promotion of interviews and reflection

N/APortfolioIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5

A researched profile interview (in AV format) and a written profile (2000 words equivalent) Students are to write a profile piece based on an interview they have sourced and conducted with a view to being published in Upstart. The recorded interview is also submitted.

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO7