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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Media and Communication (2020 entry)

Academic Year: 2020/21

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) N/A
Owning school/department School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award BSc/ BSc+DIntS / BSc+DPS
Programme title Media and Communication
Programme code CXUB04
Length of programme BSc (Hons): 3 years full-time, BSc (Hons) DPS/DInts: 4 years full-time (including a 1 year placement)
UCAS code P910, P90A
Admissions criteria

BSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/p910

BSc+DIntS /DPS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/p90a

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 18 Aug 2020 14:25:24 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students can develop the critical and practical skills of the communication and media analyst.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to study communication and media in a multidisciplinary context where the value of interdisciplinary analysis is explored.
  • To enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of communication and media.
  • To enable students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of issues in communication and media through specialist study and research.
  • To enable students to learn about the key concepts, theories and methods of communication and media.
  • To enable students to interpret and analyse communication/media processes and structures.
  • To enable students to compare different communication and media arrangements.
  • To enable students to address key issues in communication and media analysis and in society more generally.
  • To enable students to appreciate alternative perspectives in the social sciences.
  • To enhance students’ career and employment opportunities on graduating.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Benchmark Statement for Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008)
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • External Examiners’ Reports for BSc Communication and Media Studies 

 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 

  • Knowledge of the major traditions of thought and analysis which have contributed to the study of media and communication. 
  • Knowledge of contemporary debates on appropriate frameworks and theories.
  • Knowledge of the major styles of research and investigation relevant to the study of media and communication, their strengths and weaknesses and epistemological underpinnings.
  • Understanding of the historical development of media and communicative practices and institutions.
  • Understanding of the inter-relations between media and communicative structures and practices and economic and political dynamics.
  • Understanding of how media organisations operate and of the ethical and policy issues posed by their practices. 
  • Understanding of the ways in which media and communicative forms construct the shared meanings that comprise public cultures and subcultures, and of the issues of representation these practices raise.
  • Understanding of the role of media and communication in the organisation of everyday life, social identities and belief systems.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 

  • Draw on ideas from a range of domains and disciplines and combine them productively. 
  • Critically appraise prevailing understandings of contemporary developments in media and communication and contribute effectively to the debates surrounding them.
  • Formulate appropriate research questions and employ appropriate methods and resources in addressing them.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Retrieve information from electronic and other sources and evaluate the materials collected critically. 
  • Demonstrate practical competence in using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods of research. 
  • Initiate, develop and realise a substantial self directed project (with appropriate guidance).
  • Participate effectively in group projects.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: 

  • Gather, organise and deploy ideas and information in order to formulate arguments cogently and express them effectively in oral and written forms.
  • Organise and manage self-directed projects (with appropriate guidance).
  • Work individually, flexibly and independently showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity. 
  • Work productively in a group or team, displaying at different times abilities to listen, contribute and lead effectively.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with relevant applications of Information Technology, including data analysis packages, and competence in using them. 
  • Deliver required work to a given length, format, brief and deadline. 
  • Consider and evaluate their own work in a reflexive manner.

4. Programme structure

Programme Code: CXUB04 (2020 ENTRY) – MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

The programme lasts three years full-time, with the opportunity to undertake a placement year (Part I – between second and final years). Candidates must take a total modular weight of 120 in each Part (Year) with a minimum modular weight of 50 in each semester, taking into account both compulsory and optional modules.  

Important note: No modules may be taken and passed more than once. Optional module availability is subject to timetabling constraints and optional modules may also be subject to change.

 

Part A - Introductory Modules 

COMPULSORY MODULES (90 credits) 

 

Semester 1 

Code

Module Title

Credit

CXA301

Introduction to Communication & Media Studies: Contemporary Trends & Issues 

10

SSA004

Principles of Social Research Methods

10

CXA307

Constructing Meaning: Texts and Audiences

10

CXA305

Foundations in Social Sciences

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 

Code

Module Title

Credit

CXA302

Introduction to Communication & Media Studies: Theories, Approaches and Practices

10

SSA005

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

10

SSA006

Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

10

CXA306

Media Landscapes

10

CXA160

Language in Society

10

  

 

 

 

 

OPTIONAL MODULES 

In addition to the above compulsory modules, students MUST choose 30 modular weights-worth of optional modules:

 

Semester 1 

Code

Module Title

Credit 

SSA001

Identities and Inequalities

10

CXA156

Self and Identity

10

Languages

One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on

candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages offered are:  French, German, Mandarin

Chinese, Spanish.

10

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Semester 2 

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA002

Global, Social and Cultural Change

10

CXA155

Social Psychology and Relationships

10

Languages

One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on

candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages offered are:  French, German, Mandarin

Chinese, Spanish.

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semesters 1 and 2 

Students can also choose other modules from the University’s Module Catalogue, approved by the School of Social Sciences and Humanities for inclusion in the programme.

 

 

Part B - Degree Modules 

COMPULSORY MODULES (90 credits)

 Semester 1 

Code

Module Title

Credit

CXB301

Media Identity and Inequality

20

CXB317 Screen Cultures

10

SSB004

Advanced Research Methods A

10

 

Semester 2 

Code

Module Title

Credit

CXB303

Media and Social Change

20

CXB366

Promotional Culture

 

SSB005

Advanced Research Methods B

20

 

 

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take 30 credits worth of options across two semesters. A selection will be offered from the following list, plus language modules:

 

Semester 1

 Code

Module Title

    Credit

CXB128

Political Psychology

10

CXB165

Social Psychology and Communication

10

CXB360

The Media in Global Context

10

CXB367

Communication and Sport

10

Languages

One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages offered are: French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and must carry on from a language in Part A

10

 

Semester 2

 Code

Module Title

    Credit

SSB036

Digital Lives and Society

10

CXB234

Media, Culture and Crime

10

CXB175

Psychological Disorders in Society

10

CXB164

Social Interaction

10

Languages

One 10-credit module from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages offered are: French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and must carry on from a language in Part A

10


Part I

Candidates will undertake one of the following approved study and/or work placements leading to the Diploma in International Studies (IntS) or Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Regulation XI.

Code

Module Title

SSI001

Diploma in Professional Studies (work placement)

SSI002

Diploma in International Studies (study abroad)

LAN900

Diploma in International Studies (overseas work placement in a foreign language)

GYI100

Year in Enterprise (DPS)

GYI200

Professional Training Placement and Overseas Study (DIntS)

 

Part C

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits)

 

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

CXC318

Television and Society

10

CXC320

Contemporary Media Debates

10

 

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

CXC317

Documenting the World

10

CXC319

Digital Media and Society

10

 

Semester 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

CXC399

Communication and Media Studies Project Dissertation

40

 

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take 40 credits worth of options across two semesters. A selection will be offered from the list below, plus language modules:

 

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC024

Gender, Sex and Society

20

SSC238

Youth Justice

20

SSC020

Race and Racism

20

CXC130

Social Psychology of Everyday Life

20

 

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

CXC357

Producing the News

20

CXC138

Forensic Psychology

20

SSC237

Sex Work and Sex Industries

20

 

Semesters 1 and 2

Languages

Two 10-credit modules (one per semester) from a list supplied by the Language Centre, levels dependent on candidates’ previous qualifications.  Languages offered are: French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and must carry on from a language at Part B

20

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.

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