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BA Journalism

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
1. Demonstrate developing academic research and writing skills, being able to find and interpret scholarly texts and present a structured and coherent academic argument
2. Locate the study of journalism with relation to history and key theoretical debates
3. Describe Britain’s political processes and key institutions with particular relevance to the practice and scholarship of journalism
4. Explain and adhere to basic principles of media law
5. Demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, practical competencies and techniques of journalism – this includes understanding the importance of evidence, the distinction between fact and opinion, the importance of objectivity and sources.
6. Conduct basic journalistic research
7. Produce basic news text with audio/visual links
8. Demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries and of ethical dilemmas and the debates surrounding them – this includes demonstrating an understanding of relevant industry codes of ethics and practice
9. Make an informed contribution to debates about the relationships between journalism and society
10. Conduct a basic analysis of news media content to show how it communicates meaning

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied: Research and writing skills relevant to both scholarly and professional work; production skills relevant to an online news environment; legal understanding.
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility: organisational skills; delivery to a deadline; punctuality; teamwork; awareness of the importance of professional ethics


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
- See attached learning outcome grid that shows where programme learning outcomes are assessed by module


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