MDIA 1004 - Exploring TV & Radio
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code MDIA 1004 Course Exploring TV & Radio Coordinating Unit Media Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Restrictions Available to BMedia students only Course Description This course explores the history of television and radio, and develops an understanding of the impact of digitization on these traditional broadcast media. It compares public, commercial, and community models of broadcast media with newer multiplatform modes of distribution by examining ownership and the range of audiences, formats and content typical of each institution. National broadcast regulation and policy-making is considered in relation to the forming or sustaining of communities. The course also considers the production, reception and distribution of broadcast content, nationally, and globally. Celebrity-based programming and genre traditions, such as reality television, live radio talkback, news, sitcoms, drama and gameshows are studied as ways of understanding the mobilisation of audience share, content flows, and revenue. Students may take a practical option of writing for a television or radio genre as part of their assessment.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Peter Pugsley
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course students will have:
1. Been introduced to academic approaches to broadcast television and radio.
2. Gained familiarity with traditions of broadcast studies including the key literature and language used.
3. Developed a historical and critical orientation to studies of contemporary television and radio institutions – providing understandings of the origins and legacies of antecedents like the telegraph, film and photography.
4. Been prepared for upper level studies through the development of core study skills (critical reading and research) and knowledge of key concepts such as mass media technologies, sound and vision, national regulation, policy, mediation, genres and global format trade.
5. Developed scholarly research and writing skills (including essay and script writing), policy and analysis techniques.
6. Demonstrate competence in reading relevant academic literature and in reflecting critically on that body of literature.
7. Demonstrate conformity to appropriate forms of written presentation in academic work.
8. Demonstrate a general awareness of the role of broadcast television and radio in understanding social life.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4,5,6,7,8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThe required readings for each week are all included in the Course Reader available from the ICC. Any additional readings will be available electronically via the MyUni course site. You need to read the relevant sections each week before the lectures and tutorials. You must always bring your Course Reader to tutorials.
Recommended ResourcesAny additional materials will be posted on MyUni.
Online LearningStudents will be expected to utilise facilities in MyUni to keep informed of the course and its activities. Online quizzes and all assignment submissions to be submitted electronically through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures supported by problem-solving and analytic tutorials that develop material covered in lectures plus tutorial readings from the Course Reader
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 2-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour tutorial (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester 3 hours tutorial preparation per week 36 hours per semester 3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introduction: Exploring TV & Radio Week 2 Changes in Broadcast Technologies Week 3 Conceptualising The Broadcast Audience Week 4 Alternative Broadcasting Week 5 Global/local Broadcasting Week 6 Moral Debates and Celebrity Culture Week 7 Genre Traditions Week 8 Representation and Identity in Sitcoms Week 9 Representation and Identity on Reality TV Week 10 Writing for Broadcast Week 11 From Drama to Dramedy Week 12 Conclusions: Overview and Further Reading
Specific Course RequirementsNone
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryParticipation and Attendance (10%)
Continuous formative assessment from Week 1.
Online Media Journal
Writing and text-based assignments
Informed Program Critique
Critical Listening & Viewing
Summative assessments (worth up to 45%).
Final Essay or script assignment (up to 45%)
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents must complete and submit all assignments by the due date and meet the university requirements for attendance to be eligible for assessment.
Assessment Detail1. Participation and attendance.
A continuous assessment of active participation in lectures and tutorials.
2. Online Media Journal
A critical reflection of your broadcast consumption. (Formative assessment)
3. Informed Program Critique
Written critique to develop skills in reflective listening/viewing and use of course reading, lecture and tutorial materials.
Every student will be provided with a copy of the assessment rubric informing them of how their work was assessed, Students will receive assignment feedback and comments and their grade via a completed Assignment Rubric. The rubric template is available on MyUni and students encouraged to consult this while completing their assignment
4. Critical Listening/Viewing
A series of weekly quizzes (over 3 weeks) based on clips or podcasts.
5. Major Assignment: Script or Essay
Choose to write a TV or radio script in a particular genre as explored in the course, or write a critical academic essay on a topic provided.
SubmissionAssignments to be submitted electronically through the Exploring TV & Radio page on MyUni, and Online Media Journal and Weekly Online Quiz completed directly through MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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