module specification

SJ4009 - An Introduction to Photojournalism Practice (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title An Introduction to Photojournalism Practice
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Total study hours 300
50 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
160 hours Guided independent study
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 15%   In-class individual presentation of work in progress for portfolio
Coursework 15%   In-class individual presentation of work in progress for portfolio
Coursework 70%   Portfolio, with social media links
Running in 2021/22

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

This year long module provides a comprehensive introduction to the practices of contemporary photojournalism. The module is intended for students at all levels of experience with photography. It will equip students with a range of elementary and intermediate camera skills and an understanding of photographic processes within a digital environment. The module will also consider the deployment of these skills within contemporary photojournalistic practice and students will develop a first portfolio of images of publishable quality. Students will be encouraged to publish their work, both inside the university website and outside, and to develop a network of contacts and a portfolio of personal work. Field trips and guest speakers will enhance the students’ understanding of contemporary photojournalistic practice.

Students will be assessed through in class presentation of work in progress and by way of the production of a portfolio of images, relevant to a photojournalistic context that demonstrates a varied range of photographic skills and abilities. Use of social media, particularly Instagram, Flickr and such sites will enable students to develop their networks, as will use of mobile phones.

The practical and intellectual skills gained through this module are all transferrable and highly relevant to future employment.


A comprehensive programme of workshops and practice sessions will introduce students to a range of different photographic techniques that will enable them to consistently visualise and produce high quality images relevant to various photojournalistic contexts. LO 1,2

Further practical workshops will cover editing and sequencing of images in preparation for the production of a portfolio and for presentation in a variety of different contexts.  LO 2,3

Students will also be encouraged to develop a network of contacts within the industries and to engage in peer review of their work-in-progress, and to exhibit, distribute and show their work both inside and outside the university  LO 1,2,3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

In class teaching and activities:
90 hours, 3 hours a week for 30 weeks (27 taught weeks plus 3 enhancment/news weeks)

Guided Independent Study
160 hours

Preparation of material for assessment (including photography and final preparation for presentation)
50 hours

Students will be encouraged to make full use of online resources, to engage with the tutor via electronic communication methods such as skype. Students are expected to maintain a reflective, critical approach to their work.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students who actively engage with the reading, practical and theoretical exercises will be able to:

1. Consistently produce high quality images, demonstrating a range of photographic skills, using a DSLR in manual and semi-manual modes
2. Organise and sequence images into a portfolio for presentation
3. Present a coherent body of work suitable for exhibition or publication

Assessment strategy

Formative and summative assessment will be through two separate in-class presentations of students’ work in progress (one in each semester). Students will be given immediate oral feedback which will they will be able to discuss with the tutor in class and which will be consolidated by written feedback given to students electronically. This feedback, insofar as it is formative, will specifically address areas that students can work on in preparing for the final summative assessments.

Summative assessment will be by way of the portfolio, which should be of publishable quality and should demonstrate development in relation to work in progress presented for formative assessment.

A marking scheme will be included in the module handbook to ensure students are familiar with the criteria by which their work will be assessed


Identify core and additional reading
Liaise with Library Services to confirm availability of on-line licenses in academic year

Where possible, the most current version of reading materials is used during the delivery of this module.  Comprehensive reading lists are provided to students in their handbooks.  Reading Lists will be updated annually.


Core Text:
Wells, L.  ed. (2009) Photography: A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge

Other Texts:
Faris Belt, A. (2012) The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating  Sophisticated Images. 2nd Edn.  London: Focal Press.

Modrak R., with Anthes, B. (2011) Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice.  London: Routledge.

Photography and Culture. London: Routledge



Photographers’ Gallery

British Association of Journalists (apply for student membership)

UK Press Card Authority

Martin Parr Foundation

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund

Royal Photographic Society

British Journal of Photography

Self Publish Be Happy

TJ Boulting Gallery

Trolley Books

Getty Images

Alamy (stock agency)