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Multimedia Journalism (Including Year Abroad)

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Multimedia Journalism (Including Year Abroad)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
Honours Degree
Full-time
Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies
BA P501
http://www.essex.ac.uk/students/exams-and-coursework/ppg/ug/default.aspx
26/10/2018

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

IB: 30 points, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

External Examiners

Mr Richard Evans
City, University of London
Programme Director, UG Journalism

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.

Key

Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LT131-4-FY Basic Practical Journalism (Single Honours) Core 30
02 LT138-4-AU History of Journalism Compulsory 15
03 LT133-4-FY Media Law Compulsory 30
04 LT134-4-FY Public Affairs Compulsory 30
05 LT144-4-SP Journalism Now Compulsory 15

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LT240-5-FY Intermediate Practical Journalism: Audio/Video (Single honours) Compulsory 30
02 LT241-5-FY Intermediate Practical Journalism: Print/Online Compulsory 30
03 LT237-5-AU Advanced Media Law and Ethics Compulsory 15
04 LT238-5-SP Research and Data Handling Compulsory 15
05 LT230-5-SU or LT205-5-SP Compulsory with Options 15
06 LT242-5-AU or LT225-5-AU Compulsory with Options 15

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 AW600-5-FY Study Abroad Modules Compulsory 60

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LT312-6-FY Advanced Practical Journalism Compulsory 30
02 LT313-6-AU Newsroom Practice Compulsory 15
03 LT314-6-SP Multimedia Project Compulsory 45
04 LT315-6-FY or LT396-6-AU or LT324-6-AU and LT431-6-SP Compulsory with Options 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To create graduates who are thoroughly grounded in the theory and practice of journalism, and who have the range and depth of skills and knowledge necessary to embark on a career in journalism; to give students the legal, moral, ethical and values-based framework that will allow them to make sound editorial judgements and behave in a professional manner;

To help students develop their writing and broadcasting skills to a high level; to equip students with the technical, editorial and other (eg shorthand) expertise they need to operate effectively as journalists in today’s converged, multimedia, digital environment;

To encourage students to develop their critical faculties, in particular to adopt an inquiring, sceptical and whole-hearted approach to their work;

To encourage students to work effectively on their own and in teams to produce the best journalism;

To enable students to study for and achieve an industry-recognised qualification alongside their degree;

To develop students’ knowledge and skills necessary for living and working in non-UK cultures through a broad range of courses during the Year Abroad.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Theoretical and practical approaches to journalism
A2 The history and evolution of journalism, the current state of the industry and its future prospects
A3 The role of publishing and broadcasting in a modern society
A4 The regulatory framework and codes of practice relating to journalism
A5 Reporting local and national government processes, the nature of devolution and the relationship with the EU
A6 The UK legal system, court reporting and the law relating to the media
A7 The characteristics and needs of a range of print, broadcast and web-based journalism, how audiences consume them and how best to serve those audiences
A8 Production processes and professional practice in relation to newspapers, magazines, online content and broadcast journalism
A9 Advanced research and data handling techniques, and the ability to assess and report statistics-based stories
A10 A specialist subject area or form of journalism
A11 The influence of theory on practice, operating professionally within a complex and ever changing regulatory framework
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: A1-A11 Range of in-class tests, portfolio of work, reflective journals, group work, project work, essays and other coursework
A1, A4-A7 examination

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Able to absorb and organise large amounts of information in a short time, applying critical techniques to assess evidence on the basis of relevance, reliability and newsworthiness
B2 Theoretical and practical approaches to journalism
B3 Make good decisions and present clear, well-reasoned and coherent arguments, in writing or orally, often against a deadline
B4 Exercise judgement in designing, planning and delivering journalistic output
B5 Demonstrate critical judgement of developments in the news, and of issues and concepts, and dispassionate assessment of own work and the work of others
B6 Produce independent and imaginative treatments conforming to a clear framework of values
B7 Be a self-critical journalist able to apply theoretical knowledge to enable sound decision-making in delivering journalistic output
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.

C: Practical skills

C1 An ability to find, research and write news stories and features for various print, online and broadcast media
C2 An ability to conduct interviews, record information accurately and analyse it to a professional standard
C3 An ability to work in production for various media, using industry-standard software and hardware
C4 An ability to work independently, cooperatively and in editorial teams to produce finished work to agreed deadlines for various media
C5 An ability to plan, produce and present projects suitable for publication or broadcast
C6 An ability to operate in professional manner, observing ethical and legal constraints
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.

D: Key skills

D1 Ability to express oneself in a clear, focused, relevant and effective way, both orally and in writing
D2 Ability to use appropriate software and hardware to produce and present high quality editorial content
D3 Basic grasp of numeracy, and ability to understand and apply a sceptical approach to statistics
D4 Finding, understanding, organising and processing information. Applying knowledge and understanding to make judgements. Ability to question conventional wisdom and find innovative methods of research. Working to deadlines. Management of projects and timetables.
D5 Ability to plan, manage time, and advance and argue for proposals in editorial meetings, ability to respond constructively to criticism, ability to engage in collaborative writing and programme-making activities; ability to work co-operatively in a variety of group contexts, including practical production, taking on a number of different roles.
D6 Ability to take responsibility for own work and actions in individual and collective contexts, and to reflect on performance and make constructive use of written and oral feedback.
D7 Develop intercultural skills
Learning Methods: Lectures, workshops, group discussion and reflection, work experience, practical exercises, formative feedback.
Assessment Methods: Assessment is by coursework, practical assignments, portfolios, group projects, peer assessment, critical commentaries, written examinations and, in some cases, oral presentations.


Note

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