• Class Number 7558
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Monique Rooney
    • Dr Monique Rooney
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • Dr Monique Rooney
SELT Survey Results

Whether you are watching 'Game of Thrones' on television, downloading the latest episode to your laptop of or discussing it or any other 'longform' series on social media, you are engaging with a narrative form that dominates the contemporary mediascape. ‘Televisual’ invites you to explore the significance of ‘narrative television’ and its impact on how stories are produced and received today. We will do so through closely reading a selection of case studies, moving from the 1950s' 'I Love Lucy' through to 'The Simpsons', 'Twin Peaks' and to a contemporary film that is arguably inspired by contemporary televisual media (Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood'). In doing so, we will engage with some of the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries’ most important theorists of television narrative (including Raymond Williams and Marshall McLuhan). Beginning with television’s first emergence in the 1950s, we will consider the various ways in which television has been produced, transmitted and received. Our investigation will move from television's reliance on studio recording to thinking about the importance of live and cable broadcasting and, more recently, the role of digital devices that can stream or download content. We will ask questions about what makes televisual storytelling distinct and whether or not television has influenced the development of other forms (including novels and films). The course will conclude with our looking at how television has transformed in the contemporary era of so-called convergent or ‘connexionist’ media. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. identify and closely analyse distinctive generic and/or formal elements of television narrative;
  2. draw on and apply relevant theory and critical debate to analysis of television narrative;
  3. read, write and argue effectively about the emergence and development of television narrative in the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries; and
  4. develop a critical stance on the role that televisual forms play in representing contemporary screen culture as well as imagining and shaping that culture.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 How to Read Television Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
2 I Love Lucy Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
3 Doctor Who Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
4 Bewitched Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
5 Homicide Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
6 Seinfeld Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
7 Reading Week
8 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
9 Twin Peaks Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
10 Black Mirror Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
11 Get Out Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)
12 Conclusion Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
1. Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online) 15 % 1, 2, 3
Short Essay 30 % 1, 2, 3
Major Essay 55 % 1, 2, 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

1. Media Concept and Critical Reading Exercise (online)

·       Short weekly exercise requiring your response to concepts and other materials delivered live

·       150 words (30 minutes)

·       A written response based on your understanding of concepts and attempt to closely read scenes from television episodes set one the course semester. Your response will be submitted online each week between weeks 1 and 11 (inclusive).

·       Addresses learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3

·       Assessment criteria: attempts to define concepts covered in class; attempts to apply concepts to specific examples.

·       worth 15 % of your overall mark

·       Due Date: this exercise takes place and is submitted online (weeks 1 -11)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Short Essay

·       1000 words

·       A short essay based on your understanding of concepts discussed in the first five weeks of the course that tests your capacity for close reading scenes from television episodes.

·       Addresses learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3

·       Assessment criteria: defines at least one concept covered in weeks 1-5; writes and argues clearly, cogently and analytically. See Short Essay Cover Sheet for full marking criteria

·       worth 30 % of your overall mark

·       Due Date: TBA

Assessment Task 3

Value: 55 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Major Essay

·       2000 words

·       Major essay demonstrating both your understanding and ability to write and argue cogently about concept(s) and television episodes discussed throughout of the course. Your argument will be supported by your close analysis of at least three television episodes studied during the semester. You cannot write on the text that was the focus of your Short Essay,

·       Addresses learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3

·       Assessment criteria: shows knowledge of at least one concept covered in the course; writes and argues clearly, cogently; supports argument with close and sustained textual analysis of at least three television episodes studied in the course (Get Out is equivalent to two episodes). See Major Essay Cover Sheet for full marking criteria

·       worth 55 % of your overall mark

·       Due Date: TBA

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Monique Rooney

Research Interests

US literature, film, television and new media; melodrama; Australian literature

Dr Monique Rooney

By Appointment
Dr Monique Rooney

Research Interests

Dr Monique Rooney

By Appointment
Dr Monique Rooney

Research Interests

Dr Monique Rooney

By Appointment

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