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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 17/03/2022 11:46:03

Title of Module: TV Production A

Code: BROA09004 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Paul  Tucker

Summary of Module

This module introduces students to contemporary methods and practices involved in television production.  Through practice-based study in response to a specific production brief and relevant critical analysis and reflexive review, students will gain experience of television production in contemporary creative contexts and evaluate the benefits of a variety of production approaches and techniques.

The module consists of lectures, screenings and practical workshops designed to consolidate the existing technical and creative skills of students and develop their abilities in the central elements of television production from pre-production to post-production. Screenings of class work with elements of self and peer critique are held at regular intervals.

A significant element of the course is devoted to practice-based study that is both team based and individual in response to a specific brief, this is supported by tutorial sessions where students are offered guidance in terms of their creative approach.

This module encourages students to employ creative and imaginative approaches to developing a specific programme concept – developing skills essential to the creation of television productions and to the creative industries in general.  Beyond this, the module provides students with an understanding of the context within which their work will be regarded.

In recent years this module benefitted from the input of executives from Lion Scotland production company.  They have provided focused, intensive teaching input and live assessment briefs for the students.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Produce television production work demonstrating a creative and imaginative approach to specific briefs

L2. Develop technical and aesthetic skills required for the development and production of television programmes

L3. Demonstrate knowledge of the creative contexts and critical debates surrounding contemporary television production

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrate and/or work with:

A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the scope, main areas and boundaries of television production ;
an understanding of the role of technology in terms of media production, access and use;

a knowledge of the legal, ethical and regulatory frameworks which affect media and cultural production, circulation, and consumption;

understand the implications and potential for television production works presented by the key developments in current and emerging media and technologies, and in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary practice in television production

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Students will be able to:

Use a selection of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with the television production

Produce work which demonstrates the effective manipulation of sound, image and/or the written word;

Produce work showing competence in operational aspects of media production technologies, systems, techniques and professional practices;

Be adaptable, creative and self-reflexive in producing output for a variety of audiences and in a variety of media forms.

Initiate, develop and realise distinctive and creative work within various forms of writing or of aural, visual, audio-visual, sound or other electronic media;

Use a few skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are specialised or advanced.

Practise routine methods of enquiry and/or research:

Carry out various forms of research for essays, projects, creative productions or dissertations involving sustained independent enquiry;

Practise in a range of professional level contexts which include a degree of unpredictability.

Produce work which demonstrates the effective manipulation of sound, image and/or the written word;

Manage time, personnel and resources effectively, by drawing on planning and organisational skills;

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

The ability to:

Draw on a range of sources in making judgements;

Analyse information and experiences, formulate independent; judgements, and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation;

Formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgements of others;

Analyse closely, interpret, and show the exercise of critical judgement in the understanding and, as appropriate, evaluation of forms of communication, media and culture.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes
communicate effectively in inter-personal settings, in writing and in a variety of media to present and promote documentary project concepts;

Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in written, oral or in other forms;

Use a range of standard applications to process and obtain data-put to use a range of IT skills from basic competences such as data analysis and word-processing to more complex skills using web-based technology or multimedia, and develop, as appropriate, specific proficiencies in utilising a range of media technologies.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Use a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in support of established practices in a subject/discipline, for example:

Articulate ideas and information comprehensibly in visual, oral and written forms;

Source, navigate, select, retrieve, evaluate, manipulate and manage information from a variety of sources;

Select and employ communication and information technologies.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Pre Requisites - Production modules at level 8 or equivalent
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

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Learning and Teaching
For the last seven years, this module has benefitted from the input of staff from independent TV production companies. They were able to discuss in great detail the development, pre-production, production and post production of the repeatable, returnable, factual formats that they produce. The students worked in groups to analyse and deconstruct the making of the show. They also made their own version of one section of the show. For the past four years this has been done with Lion Scotland using Homes Under The Hammer as the exemplar. I am hoping this will be repeated in 2021/22. It is possible that some teaching will be done in Film City in Glasgow.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery36
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop6
Independent Study158
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Bamford, Nick (2012), Directing Television, a professional survival guide (Bloomsbury)

Jacobs,Jason & Peacock, Steven (2013) Television Aesthetics and Style (Bloomsbury)

Rabiger, Michael & Hermann, Courtney Directing The Documentary - Routledge

Stradling, Linda – (2010) - Production Management for TV and Film (Bloomsbury)

Thirkell, Robert – (2010) – C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T. – An Insider’s guide to Storytelling In Factual/Reality TV and Film Methuen Drama

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Attendance at lectures and involvement in and responsibility for the group based practical assessments.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorPaul Tucker
External ExaminerWill Darlington
Accreditation DetailsScreenSkills (UK Delivery Only)
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Practical Assignments: In groups, Students are required to participate in a television production project fulfilling a specific brief. This will be supported by a portfolio of production paperwork.
Students will reflect on their practical assignment in the form of a written report. This will :
- explain and provide a rationale for creative decisions made within the work
- identify key influences informing the work and the research process undertaken
- evaluate the work in relation to the brief.
They will also write a brief report analysing the work of their group in response to the demands of the group-work assessment -
Write a research brief for a specific television production project. This is an individual assignment.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Creative output/ Audiotapes/ Videotapes/ Games/ Simulationscheck markcheck mark 500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay  check mark300

Component 3
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Creative output/ Audiotapes/ Videotapes/ Games/ Simulationscheck markcheck mark 200
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Aligned with the overall commitment to equality and diversity stated in the Programme Specifications, the module supports equality of opportunity for students from all backgrounds and with different learning needs. Using Moodle, learning materials will be presented electronically in formats that allow flexible access and manipulation of content. The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link:

Our partners are fully committed to the principles and practice of inclusiveness and our modules are designed to be accessible to all. Where this module is delivered overseas, local equivalent support for students and appropriate legislation applies.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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