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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 27/04/2022 13:21:17

Title of Module: Radio Craft

Code: BROA07005 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Geoff  McQueen

Summary of Module

In this module students will work in teams to create a series of 20 minute programmes. Students will rotate through the roles of presenter and producer and be air checked after each show. The programme production process will be enhanced by the theoretical underpinnings of an awareness of the unique characteristics of the medium of radio. There will be a focus on the development of practical studio and field radio production skills, working collaboratively with others and the production of quality radio output. Skills developed will include:

  • understanding the unique characteristics of the medium
  • technical skills development in the areas of field based recording equipment, audio editing and radio desk operations
  • ‘as live’ programme making
  • research, interviewing and writing for radio
  • editorial decision making
  • team work

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. Demonstrate a developed competence in researching, interviewing and writing for radio;

L2. Apply developed technical skills in recording and editing material for radio, to produce legally compliant items to specified durations and deadlines;

L3. Work productively in a team to plan and execute projects, including at different times being able to listen, contribute and lead effectively

L4. Describe the unique characteristics of an exclusively auditory medium.

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 7.

Demonstrate and/or work with:
A broad knowledge of the subject/discipline in general. Knowledge that is embedded in the main theories, concepts and principles. An awareness of the evolving/changing nature of knowledge and understanding.An understanding of the difference between explanations based on evidence and/or research and other forms of explanation and of the importance of this difference.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Use some of the basic and routine professional skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with a subject/discipline.
Practise these in both routine and non-routine contexts.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Present and evaluate arguments, information and ideas which are routine to the subject/discipline.

Use a range of approaches to address defined and/or routine problems and issues within familiar contexts

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Use a wide range of routine skills and some advanced skills associated with the subject/discipline, for example:
• Convey complex ideas in well-structured and coherent form.
• Use a range of forms of communication effectively in both familiar and new contexts.
• Use standard applications to process and obtain a variety of information and data.
• Use a range of numerical and graphical skills in combination.
• Use numerical and graphical data to measure progress and achieve goals/targets.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Exercise some initiative and independence in carrying out defined activities at a professional level.
Take supervision in less familiar areas of work.
Take some managerial responsibility for the work of others within a defined and supervised structure.
Manage limited resources within defined areas of work.
Take the lead in implementing agreed plans in familiar or defined contexts.
Take account of own and others’ roles and responsibilities in carrying out and evaluating tasks.
Work with others in support of current professional practice under guidance.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Lectures will elaborate theories, methodologies and industry practices.

Workshops will develop students’ knowledge of studio operations, live (or ‘as-live’) production and packaged radio pieces.

Tutorials and airchecks will develop individual and team learning. Ideally, airchecks will be conducted immediately after the ‘as live’ programmes are completed. Students are encouraged to take notes during this feedback session and an audio or written summary can also be provided. A combined mark from all the ‘as live’ programmes will be complied for the overall grade for this aspect of assessment. Note that it may be preferable to use a ‘best two out of three’ marking option to enable students some scope to develop without incurring a marking penalty.

Support for class based activities and independent learning will be provided via the VLE.
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)
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity30
Lecture/Core Content Delivery30
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop70
Independent Study70
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:

Crisell, A., 1994. Understanding Radio, 2nd ed. Routledge: London.

Geller, V., 2011. Beyond Powerful Radio. 2nd ed. Oxford: Focal Press.

McLeish, R. and Link, J., 2016. Radio Production. 6th ed. Abingdon: Focal Press.

Mills, J., 2004. The Broadcast Voice, Focal Press: Oxford.

(**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

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardArts & Media
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelArts & Media
ModeratorChris Gilgallon
External ExaminerNeil Hollins
Accreditation DetailsNA
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Write a 1500 word essay (or equivalent) that details the unique characteristics of radio as an exclusively auditory medium. (50%)

Work in small teams to produce a series of 20 minute speech programmes that incorporate the package as well as at least three other live and/or pre-recorded pieces. (50%)
(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) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of practical workcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark500
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)

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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