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UDMCJOUR - BSc Media, Communications and Journalism

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Subject Area Creative Technologies and Digital Media
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader Luke Tredinnick

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The teaching and learning strategies of the course are informed by an understanding of learning as a process of enquiry positioned within a specific subject-based context. Students are expected to occupy an active role in the learning processes. Teaching methods assist students in this role and help them to take responsibility their learning. The course blends theoretical and practical elements which are integrated throughout the curriculum.

The course is taught using a combination of tradition, and innovative teaching methods, fostering problem-based and inquiry-based learning, and reflective engagement. This active learning is supported by a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials and specially prepared online resources. Development of employability and professional practice is integrated into the curriculum. Students are encouraged to reflect on their learning process, preparing for knowledge creation, life-long learning and leadership.

A blended learning strategy is employed to enhance the learning experience, facilitate communication between students and tutors and develop collaboration among students. The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be used as a platform to support online activities, facilitate formative assessment and related feedback, as well as a tool to integrate useful online learning materials provided by research institutions, academic publications, professional organisations and other relevant sources.

Course aims

The BSc Media, Communications, and Journalism will provide a high-quality education for the media and journalism professionals of the future. The course aims to offer students a detailed understanding of the way that the news and media industries work, as well as teaching them the core skills needed for employment. It achieves this by providing opportunities development of expertise in a wide range of knowledge and skills from theoretical, practical, creative, critical and technical perspectives.

The programme aims to:

Prepare students for employment in a dynamic job market by equipping them with the skills and competencies to succeed as media professionals.

Offer students the opportunity to develop expertise in media and communications theories

Teach students the basic skills of journalism as with the aim of their either using those skills in their future professional life, or using their understanding of the working of the news media in other professional contexts

Enable students to understand the theoretical foundations of a range of media technologies, tools and resources, and to critique the social, cultural, political, ethical and organisational contexts of media and their uses.

Ensure that students recognize the way in which changes in technology are affecting the way the news and media industries work, and understand the economic, social, and cultural implications of that process.

Provide an opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills and competencies, and to develop their independent learning

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of media, communications and journalism, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within media, communications and journalism;

devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of media, communications and journalism;

describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in media, communications and journalism, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;

manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to media, communications and journalism);

apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;

critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem;

communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;

exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;

undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within the fields of media and journalism:

SM4003 Media History (I)
SM4002 Media Theory (I)
Media, Law, and Ethics, Public Administration (P)
SM6P03 Media, Communications and Journalism DIssertation (A)

- Devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using established academic and journalistic ideas and techniques:

Practical Journalism (I)
SM5004 Media, Citizens, and Communities (P)
SM6052 Media Power and Politics (A)
SM6P03 Media, Communications and Journalism DIssertation (A)

- Describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, media, communication, and journalism recognizing the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge:

SM5001 Cultural Industries (I)
SM6002 International Communications (P)
SM6052 Media, Power, and Politics (P)
Political and Campaigning Journalism (P)
SM6005 World Cinema: Hollywood and Beyond (P)
SM6P03 Media, Communications and Journalism DIssertation (A)

- Manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to media and communications):

SM4002 Media Theory (I)
SM5004 Media, Citizens, and Communities
Practical Journalism (P)
SM6P03 Media, Communications and Journalism DIssertation (A)

- Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects:

Advanced Multimedia Skills (I)
Advanced Newsroom Production (P)
SM6P03 Media, Communications and Journalism DIssertation (A)

- Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem:

SM4003 Media History (I)
SM5001 Cultural Industries (P)
Media, Law, and Ethics, Public Administration (P)
SM6002 International Communications (A)
SM6005 World Cinema: Hollywood and Beyond (A)

- Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences:

Writing skills (I)
Practical journalism (I)
Advanced multimedia skills( P)
Data Journalism (P)
Advanced Newsroom Production (A)
SM6P03 Media, Communications and Journalism DIssertation (A)

- Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts:

Writing skills (I)
Practical journalism (I)
Newsroom Production (P)
SM6P03 Media, Communications and Journalism DIssertation (A)

- Undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature. Practical journalism (I)
SM4003 Media History (I)
SM5001 Cultural Industries (P)
Newsroom production (P)
Advanced Newsroom production (A)
SM6002 International Communications (A)
SM6P03 Media, Communications and Journalism DIssertation (A)

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies

Assessment strategy

The course combines practice-based and theory-based modules, and through the curriculum aims to teach professional standard journalistic skills, analyse the media and communications sectors, and explore how these fit into contemporary industrialised societies. Relationships with other sectors of industry and national and transnational organizations are explored. Core modules require students to engage with both theory and practice in the field, and option module choices enable students to extend their expertise in specific areas of journalism, media, and communications. The dissertation module enables students to develop an in-depth understanding of a sector of their choice.

The course makes use of formative and summative assessment strategies. Self-assessment and reflection on the process of learning are part of the modules’ assessment strategies. Media and communications assessment is entirely coursework based, although journalism modules include timed, written, assessments designed to simulate the professional environment.

Assessment tools for each module are determined by the aims of the module and its learning outcomes. Students are expected to produce a mixture of written, visual and oral work and are required to demonstrate working within a team, working with different media and with multidisciplinary concepts.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Work-based learning and work experience is offered through the core module Media, Citizens and Communities. As a part of that module, students are required to undertake a work placement within a media organisation. Students may also take the work placement module in place of option modules. Students are encouraged to participate in the Study Abroad programme.

Modules required for interim awards

SM4002 Media Theory

SM4003 Media History

Practical Journalism

Writing Skills

SM5001 Cultural Industries

SM5004 Media, Citizens and Communities

Newsroom Production

SM6002 International Communications

SM6P03 Media, Communications and Journalism Dissertation

Advanced Newsroom Production

Career opportunities

Graduates can find careers within news organisations, advertising, digital media, education, market research, media production and management, public relations and publishing. You could also go on to undertake postgraduate study.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)
  • submitted a 200-word original piece of writing on an event that has recently happened in your locality

Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

Applications are welcome from mature students who have appropriate Access or preparatory courses or appropriate work experience, or those without formal qualifications who are able to demonstrate enthusiasm, commitment, and the ability to benefit from higher education.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes P300 (Media Studies): 100%
Route code MCJOUR

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SJ4035 Practical Journalism Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SJ4037 Writing Skills Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SM4001 Media Genres Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
          NORTH SPR+SUM    
          NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SM4013 Media Histories Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
FC5W52 Work Related Learning for Media 1 Core 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
          NORTH SPR    
SJ5035 Advanced Reporting Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
SM5013 Media and Communities Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
SM5068 Researching Media Audiences Core 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
SJ5033 Media Law and Ethics; Public Administration Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SM5051 Crime and the Media Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
SM5052 Youth Culture and the Media Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
          NORTH AUT THU AM
SM5062 Digital Humanities Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
SM5066 Documentary Photography and Photography Journalism Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM
OL0000 Open Language Programme Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
FC6W52 Work Related Learning for Media 2 Core 15 NORTH AUT    
          NORTH SPR    
SJ6035 Broadcast Journalism Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SM6064 Globalisation and the Media Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
SJ6P35 Journalism Project Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
SM6P05 Media and Communication Dissertation Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
SJ6080 Campaigning Journalism Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
SJ6081 Science, Technology, Environment and Health Jou... Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
SM6052 Media, Power and Politics Option 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
SM6053 Digital Video Post-Production Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM
SM6054 Analysing Popular Music Option 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
SM6065 Situation Comedies Option 15 NORTH SPR WED AM