Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Introduction to Sports Commentary develops and expands students skills in a specialised area of sports journalism, sports broadcasting and sports commentary. At the successful completion of this subject, students will have an understanding of the history of sports commentary in Australia and around the world. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the different techniques and styles commentators employ, and be able to prepare and perform live sports commentary. They will also develop skills in other forms of sports broadcasting, such as live crosses, and developing and delivering sports podcasts targeted for a particular audience. This subject delivers targeted discipline specific skills, such as writing for broadcast, and how to use voice effectively for various broadcast mediums.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorial activities. Sports commentary profile assessment. 

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Enrolment within the Bachelor of Media and Communication and completion of at least 60 credit points of subjects at second-year level


Incompatible subjectsN/A

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. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of sports broadcasting in Australia.
02. Identify the key elements of successful live sports broadcasting, and apply them to a live cross that is of industry standard.
03. Identify the key elements of successful match commentary, an apply them to a live match commentary that is of industry standard.
04. Identify the key elements of a successful sport podcasts, and develop and deliver an innovative sports podcast that meets its audience.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Commentator Profile Students must research and write a profile on a broadcast commentator

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1

Live Cross Students will complete a live cross, based on a newsworthy event.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO2

Podcast This is a group assignment, where students will work together to produce a podcast.

N/AOtherGroupNo30 SILO5

Match Commentary Students will work in groups and commentate a proportion of an assigned sports match, however students will be given individual marks for their role in the broadcast.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO4