Certificate In Electronic Journalism

Learn both I.T and Journalism - a foundation to be a self employed electronic journalist, editor or publisher.

Course Code: VIT007
Fee Code: CT
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
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DISTANCE EDUCATION - ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS COURSE
 
Learn a unique blend of marketable skills in publishing, photography and IT.
 
Develop skills in freelance writing, programming a web site and a broad understanding of the modern publishing industry. The publishing industry has changed greatly over recent decades, embracing IT not only for writing, but also production and increasingly for publishing. This is a very good course for anyone seeking a start in today's publishing industry.

This course is a must for writers, journalists, freelance writers, and anyone interested in writing for the web.
 

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Certificate In Electronic Journalism.
 Freelance Writing BWR102
 Html (Writing a Website) VIT102
 Graphic Design BIT205
 Information Security BIT203
 
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 5 modules.
 Publishing I (Self Publishing Children's Books) BWR107
 Advanced Freelance Writing BWR201
 ASP.NET BIT200
 Digital Photography BPH202
 Internet Marketing BIT204
 

Note that each module in the Certificate In Electronic Journalism is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


OUTLINES OF SELECTED MODULES
 

Writing a Web Site (HTML)

This covers the following areas of study:
Introduction to the Internet and HTML
The most important HTML Tags
Simplification through HTML Construction Software
Creating Links
Loading a Site onto the Internet
Adding Graphics
Designing a Web Site that Works
Advanced Features

Digital Photography
This covers the following areas of study:
Introduction To Digital Technology How images are captured and stored, categories of equipment & software, scope of applications
Equipment
Digital Technology - Colour, resolution, sensors
Digital Cameras
Taking Photographs
Scanners
Uploading Images
The Digital Darkroom
Compositing & Imaging - Production & manipulation of images
Special Effects
Outputs & Applications- Printers, The Internet

Freelance Journalism
This covers the following areas of study:
Introduction
Basic Writing Skills
The Publishing World
Manuscripts
Planning
Newspaper Writing
Magazine Writing
Writing books
Writing advertising
Special project


Advanced Writing Skills
This covers the following areas of study:
Writing Themes
Writing a Regular Column
Educational Writing
Scientific Writing
Writing a Biographical Story
Writing a News Article
Fiction Writing
Other Writing.

Introduction to Publishing
This covers the following areas of study:
Nature and Scope of the Publishing world
Desktop Publishing A
Desktop Publishing B
Illustration: Graphics
Illustration: Photography
Research Skills : Market Research, researching an article, etc
Marketing of Publications
Ethics & the law in publishing
Developing a publishing project


ASP.net
This module will expand on website database development techniques and more using Microsofts ASP.NET technology.
There are 11 lessons as follows:
Introduction
VB.NET Essentials
Web Forms
Web Server Controls
Form Validation
Classes and Namespaces
Creating ASP.NET Applications
ADO.NET
Error Handling
Email from your Applications
Project: Creating an Online Store
 
Extract from the HTML Module

STYLE SHEETS

Cascading Style Sheets

Cascading Style Sheets (commonly referred to as CSS) are used to achieve a consistent look and feel for all the web pages of a website. CSS contain the styles and colours required for every element on a webpage, and allow you to change a style or colour of many web pages in a very simple way.
While building and designing a website, there are 3 different ways to include CSS with your HTML code. You can either have inline CSS, internal or embedded CSS, or external CSS. These will be explained in more details in lesson 5, however it is important to note that external CSS is the most popular form, because it allows you to store your CSS code in a separate file, and keep your HTML code neat and tidy by removing any design-related code and storing it in the CSS file.


External Style Sheet

As your HTML pages and websites become increasingly complex, maintaining font styles, colours and layouts will become more and more difficult. For example, if you decide to change the size or colour of all the headings in your site, you will need to read each line of your web pages looking for the occurrence of that heading style so it may be changed.

As mentioned in the previous section, it is best to store any design code in an external CSS file, which will contain the definitions of the font and layout styles to be used across many web pages. This promotes easy management and ensures consistency across your entire site.

When using an external style sheet, you need to explicitly include a link tag in each of your HTML pages, and make sure you save your CSS file with a “.css” extension. This will enable your HTML page to load that style sheet and apply the various colours, styles and design to the web page. Note that you can create many style sheets and reference them in the same HTML page. This is simply done by including a separate link tag for each CSS file.

To reference a single external style sheet, you need to include a link tag to the CSS file in the head section of the HTML page as shown below:

<link href=”myStyles.css” rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css”/>

The above tag means that we are including the stylesheet named “myStyles.css” in our HTML page.

An example of a simple CSS file follows:

body
{
 color: #000000;
}

table
{
 background-color: #DD33FF;
}

The above code will set the text colour inside the body tag to #000000, and the background-colour inside any table to #DD33FF.

 

 

 

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What do I need to know before I enrol?

There are no entry requirements that you need to meet to enrol in our courses, our courses are for everyone.
If you are under 18, we need written permission from your parent/ guardian for your enrolment to continue, we can arrange that after you have enrolled.

You don’t need to purchase any additional resources to complete our courses.

We aim to teach you the essentials without you having to purchase any specific computer program.
We recommend that you have access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs, so that you can easily complete and submit your assignments.

You sure can. We are here to help you learn whatever your abilities.

Yes, if you are enrolling in a Certificate or Advanced Certificate, you might be eligible for credits if you have evidence of your previous studies or relevant experience. More information is here.

We recommend that you are able to browse websites, send emails and conduct online research. You will need to be able to type and submit your assignments.
If you have limited computer skills, we can make special arrangements for you.

This is possible, it depends on the institution. We recommend that if you would like to use our courses that you contact the institution first. Our Course Handbook is a good resource for this.

Our courses are written in English and we only have English speaking academic staff. If you can read and complete your assignments in English, our courses are ideal for you.

Our courses are designed to build knowledge, hands on skills and industry connections to help prepare you to work in the area, running your own business, professional development or as a base for further study.

This course is aimed at providing you with a solid understanding in your selected discipline. It has been designed to take 600 hours, which includes your course reading, assignment work, research, practical tasks, watching videos and more. When you complete the course, will have a good understanding of the area/ industry you want to work in.

It’s up to you. The study hours listed in the course are a rough guide, however if you were to study a short course (100 hours) at 10 hours per week, you could finish the course in 10 weeks (just an example). Our courses are self-paced, so you can work through the courses in your own time. We recommend that you wait for your tutor to mark and return your assignment before your start your next one, so you get the benefits of their feedback.

The course consists of course notes, videos, set tasks for your practical work, online quizzes, an assignment for each lesson (that you receive feedback from your tutor from) and ends in an exam (which is optional, if would like to receive the formal award at the end), using our custom built Learning Management System - Login.Training.

Our courses are designed for adults to gain professional development and skills to further their careers and start businesses.

Our custom online learning portal allows you to conduct your learning online. There may be practical tasks that you can do offline. You have the option of downloading your course notes or print them to read later.

There is also the option to pay an additional fee for printed course notes and or USB (availability limited to location and deliverability).

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We offer printed notes for an additional fee. Also, you can request your course notes on a USB stick for an additional fee.

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We are more learning focussed, rather than assessment focussed. You have online quizzes to test your learning, written assignments and can complete an exam at the end of the course (if you want to receive your certificate). You will not receive a pass/ fail on your course work. If you need to add more details on your assignment, we will ask you to resubmit and direct you where you need to focus. If you need help, you can ask your tutor for advice in the student room.

Each module (short course) is completed with one exam.

Exams are optional, however you must sit an exam if you would like to receive a formal award. You will need to find someone who can supervise that you are sitting the exams under exams conditions. There is an additional cost of $55 (AUS) $50 (O/S) for each exam.
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There are practical components built into the course that have been designed to be achieved by anyone, anywhere. If you are unable to complete a task for any reason, you can ask your tutor for an alternative.

When you complete the course work and the exams (6 exams) and you will be able receive your course certificate- a Certificate. Otherwise, you can receive a Letter of Completion.

You can bundle the short courses to create your own customised learning bundle, Certificates or Advanced Certificates. More information is on this page.

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Rachel Syers

Rachel has worked as a newspaper journalist for the past 15 years in a range of roles from sub-editor and social columnist to news reporter, covering rounds such as education, health, council, music, television, court, police, Aboriginal and Islander affa

Dr. Sherif Sakr

Research Scientist and University Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering. Sherif has a PhD in Computer Science, MSc, BSc.

Sarah Jury

Over 15 years working in small business, I.T., education and science. Sarah has a PGCE(Post Compulsory Education), BSc(Hons) (Genetics), DipComp(Open), CertWebApps(Open).
She has designed and created several Web sites for different organisations.





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Lachlan Allan

BA (Hons) Business Administration, BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Lachlan has experience in the hospitality, banking and utilities sectors in managerial positions in the UK. Following a career change after moving to Australia, he is also experienced in the medical engineering field where he was an engineer responsible for devices at hospital sites and laboratories

Helen Rex

Dip.I.T., Cert IT, part B.A.

Helen started her career as a chef before travelling extensively in Europe while living in the U.K. She moved from cooking to the financial markets where she started her career in Information Technology.
With over 25 years experience in information technology primarily in the financial markets, local government and animal health sectors. Helen moved from working in IT to the education sector where she has been involved
in tutoring, course development and learning management systems.
She is currently living in rural New South Wales with her family and enjoying studying law part time.

Josiane Joubran

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