Name of Programme
BA Digital News and Media with integrated Foundation
Final Award
BA
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Humanities and Social Sciences [English and Digital Media]
Programme Code(s)
UBAF0SDM / Full Time / 3 Years
Professional Body Accreditation
N/A
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
QAA SBS: Communication, Media, Film and Cultural Studies (2016)
QAA SBS: Languages, Cultures and Societies
(2015)
Admission Criteria
A Levels: CCC (or 96 UCAS points);
Minimum IELTS score of 6.0
Applicable Cohort(s)
Winter 2021
FHEQ Level
6
UCAS Code
QP39
Summary of Programme
The three-year BA in Digital News and Media (with integrated Foundation) is designed for students who need additional preparation prior to undergraduate level study. The first year of the programme is intended to provide a foundation in both knowledge and academic skills for the more specialist subjects in years two and three.

The programme combines a vocationally-orientated programme with a traditional academic interdisciplinary programme. It aims to familiarise students with a broad range of essential and advanced journalistic principles and writing / production techniques and production techniques

The programme as a whole has a very practical orientation and is designed to prepare students for a real world environment. Students will be given the opportunity to develop and practise a range of skills enabling them to work individually or in teams and successfully complete specified tasks, or manage and lead others. Students will take the same modules in the first 7 terms. Following this, each term of the programme provides a single core module and a choice of options.
Educational Aims of the Programme
During the first year core modules will equip students to become independent learners, facilitating the successful continuation of their studies in years two and three. The programme aims to:
• develop students’ ability to think critically and construct and communicate logical arguments;
• help students acquire and practise strategies for effective reading and academic vocabulary development;
• provide opportunities for students to develop IT skills;
• train students in language awareness;
• encourage students to develop general study skills, particularly including the ability to learn independently using a variety of source materials;
• stimulate engagement and participation in the learning process;
• encourage students to become autonomous learners.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop knowledge of academic subjects related to their future course of study.
In years 2 and 3 the programme aims to:
• provide students with the linguistic and media-related knowledge and understanding expected of those who wish to communicate and work in English in the local/global media industries of the 21st century;
• develop students’ language and computing skills to function effectively in the local/global media environment.
provide opportunities for students to improve their own competence in using English as a means of communication in the local/global media environment.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of year 1 students should be able to:
1. Use English effectively for academic study.
2. Demonstrate the use of sources of information.
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the structures, functions, processes and cultures pertaining to a range of social organisations.
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of the external environment within which organisations operate, including the political, social, economic and technological contexts at both national and international levels.
5. Obtain a basic foundation of the knowledge required to undertake study at a higher level in their chosen academic specialisation.

On successful completion of years 2 and 3 students should be able to:
6. Identify, discuss and evaluate relevant features of the linguistic study of the English language.
7. Critically discuss a range of aspects of media theory and practice relevant to the media communications fields.
8. Show accurate understanding of relevant law and computer software aspects of media practice.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Year 1:
Modules will be delivered with a combination of lectures, seminars and small group tutorials, and with practical classes as appropriate. Teaching is supported by the use of module texts, and journal articles. The use of IT is embedded across the curriculum. Understanding is at all times reinforced by support and feedback from peers and tutors. (ILO:1-5)

Years 2 and 3: (ILO:6-8)
Core knowledge and understanding will be delivered through a variety of methods including lectures (both formal and interactive) tutorials, seminars & workshops. Students will be expected to prepare for tutorials by doing additional reading and reflecting on lecture material (individually or in groups).
All tutorials are compulsory and will provide opportunities for students to discuss principles and theory in the subject area and practise skills.

Module and programme information will be provided on the virtual learning environment.

Some formative assignments will be used to practise skills, and diagnose areas of weakness at an early stage.

Assessment Strategy

Year 1: (1-5)
Students’ knowledge and understanding will be formally assessed by individual/group assignments, presentations, research projects. Most modules will also be assessed by unseen written examinations .

Years 2 and 3: (6-8)
1. Module essays.
2. Unseen examinations.
3. Practical Assessments.
4. In-class tests.
5. Presentations.
6. Formative assessment – presentations, class discussion.
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

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

Year 1:
1. Analyse problems, sifting the irrelevant from the relevant, and express the results in both written and oral forms.
2. Evaluate proposed solutions using appropriate methods.
3. Integrate knowledge and skills from various sources into a coherent whole, making appropriate abstractions.
4. Synthesise arguments from underlying
premises to produce overall conclusions.
5. Demonstrate a heightened awareness of differences in culture, historical context, values and political structures.

Years 2 and 3:
6. Appreciate the use of language as a linguistic tool for communication in general and, specifically, media use.
7. Analyse intellectually media messaging and representation.
8. Draw on and synthesise ideas from different disciplines.
9. Demonstrate creativity and self-reflexivity in carrying out project work in different digital and traditional print media.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

Year 1:
Core principles are discussed in the module texts, lectures and seminars, with many examples given to aid understanding of the processes involved. The students are also provided with practical activities to develop cognitive skills, utilising case study materials. Assignments are carefully designed so as to require the skills of analysis, evaluation and integration.

Years 2 and 3: (CS:6-10)
1. Guided introduction to communication and language topics through presentation of representative examples of communication and language usage.
2. Lectures and tutorials on language, media, journalism, film, advertising topics.
3. Preparation of term papers and other coursework assignments for individual courses.

Assessment Strategy

Year 1: (CS:1-5)
Cognitive skills in areas 1-5 are assessed by coursework, examinations, projects and presentations.

Years 2 and 3: (CS: 6-11)
1. Module essays.
2. Unseen examinations.
3. Practical Assessments.
4. In-class tests.
5. Presentations.
6. Formative assessment – presentations, class discussion.
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

Graduates successfully completing the programming will possess:
1. English communication and media skills in a variety of situations and for a variety of purposes.
2. Advanced linguistic skills for general language use and academic study.
3. Management of information skill, especially evaluation of the relevance of particular information for topics related to individual courses.
4. Skill in evaluating information, and confidence in applying appropriate solutions to the media and communications industries.
5. Advanced word and text processing skills, including drafting and editing skills suitable for professional publications.
6. Linguistic skills of communicative competence in English.
7. Ability to manipulate the written word, sound and image and edit digitally.
8. Ability to write for different platforms and brands.
9. Ability to plan and manage time effectively, individually and as part of a team.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1-5:
1. Requiring oral presentations by students on a variety of topics.
2. Assisting students to articulate their thoughts in correct and lucid spoken and written English.
3. Preparation of term papers on course topics.
4. Media-related case studies for discussion and comparison purposes.
5. Requiring assessed work to be submitted using computer software, within strict deadlines.
6. Requiring creation of portfolios of DTP, online, and advertising materials.
7. Requiring students to submit coursework regularly for feedback.
8. Requiring interaction with brands and formats, and practise writing in each a variety of genres.

Assessment Strategy

1. Module essays.
2. Unseen examinations.
3. Practical Assessments.
3. In-class tests.
4. Presentations.
5. Formative assessment – presentations, class discussion (especially skills 1, 3, 4 and 5).
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link);
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) Link;
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Please note: 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 he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
January 2020; Revised Autumn 2020; Revised Autumn 2021
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Autumn 2019; Reported Winter 2020; Revised Autumn 2020; Revised Autumn 2021
Date approved by School Board of Study
Autumn 2019; Reported Winter 2020; Revised Autumn 2020; Revised Autumn 2021
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Autumn 2019; Reported Winter 2020; Revised Autumn 2020; Revised Autumn 2021
Date of Annual Review
In line with the university annual monitoring review process

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

BA Digital News and Media with integrated Foundation

UBAF0SDM / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Key Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFKASK)
UK & Global Institutions [L3/10U] (FFFUKGI)
Introduction to Political Communication [L3/10U] (FFFIPCO)
Critical Thinking [L3/10U] (FFFCRTH)
Winter Examination
Term 2
Spring
Academic Writing Skills [L3/10U] (FFFACWS)
International Studies [L3/10U] (FFFINST)
British Cinema [L3/10U] (FFFBCIN)
Britain Since 1945: Changing Roles [L3/10U] (FFFBSCR)
Spring Examination
Term 3
Summer
Advanced Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFADAS)
Research Skills [L3/10U] (FFFRSKS)
Reportage [L3/10U] (FFFRPTA)
Foundations of International Human Rights Law [L3/10U] (FFFIHRL)
Summer Examination
Term 4
Autumn
Introduction to Reporting [L4/15U] (HUFIRE4)
Digital Video [L4/15U] (HUFDVID)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 5
Winter
Introduction to Visual Design [L4/15U] (HUFIVDE)
Creative Writing 1 [L4/15U] (HUFCW41)
Preliminary 2 Examination
Term 6
Spring
Visual Communication [L4/15U] (HUFVCOM)
Marketing Fundamentals [L4/15U] (BUFMFUN)
Preliminary 2 Examination
Term 7
Summer
Radio Production and Podcasting [L5/15U] (HUFRPPO)
Social Media [L5/15U] (HUFSME5)
Digital Video Editing [L4/15U] (HUFDVED)
Term 8
Autumn
Principles of Media Practice [L5/15U] (HUFMEDP)
Media Studies [L5/15U] (HUFMDAS)
Studio Practice 1 [L5/15U] (HUFSPR1)
Part 1 Examination
Term 9
Winter
Advanced Story Technique [L6/15U] (HUFASTQ)
Design for Print [L6/15U] (HUFDPRI)
Photojournalism [L6/15U] (HUFPTO6)
Term 10
Spring
Book, Script, Film [L5/15U] (HUFBKSF)
Online Content Design [L6/15U] (HUFOCDE)
Studio Practice 2 [L6/15U] (HUFSPR2)
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 11
Summer
Radio Journalism [L6/15U] (HUFRJRN)
One of:
Advertising [L6/15U]
Screenwriting [L6/15U] (DMXXXXXX4)
One of:
External Placement [L5/15U]
Multimedia Computing & Public Engagement [L6/15U] (DHUMXXXXX3)
Term 12
Autumn
Current Affairs TV and e-Portfolio [L6/30U] (HUFCATP)
One of:
News Management and PR [L6/15U]
Travel Writing [L5/15U]
Digital Humanities Dissertation [L6/15U] (DHUMXXXXX4)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination

 

BA Digital News and Media with integrated Foundation

UBAF0SDM / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Key Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFKASK)
UK & Global Institutions [L3/10U] (FFFUKGI)
Introduction to Political Communication [L3/10U] (FFFIPCO)
Critical Thinking [L3/10U] (FFFCRTH)
Autumn Examination
Term 2
Winter
Academic Writing Skills [L3/10U] (FFFACWS)
International Studies [L3/10U] (FFFINST)
British Cinema [L3/10U] (FFFBCIN)
Britain Since 1945: Changing Roles [L3/10U] (FFFBSCR)
Winter Examination
Term 3
Spring
Advanced Academic Skills [L3/10U] (FFFADAS)
Research Skills [L3/10U] (FFFRSKS)
Reportage [L3/10U] (FFFRPTA)
Foundations of International Human Rights Law [L3/10U] (FFFIHRL)
Spring Examination
Term 4
Autumn
Introduction to Reporting [L4/15U] (HUFIRE4)
Videocraft [L4/15U] (HUFVID4)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 5
Winter
Design for Print [L4/15U] (HUFDFP4)
Introduction to Digital Humanities [L4/15U] (HUFIDHU)
Term 6
Spring
Online Content Design [L4/15U] (HUFOCD4)
Digital Humanities in Practice [L5/15U] (HUFDHPR)
Preliminary 2 Examination
Term 7
Summer
Social Media [L5/15U] (HUFSME5)
Media Studies [L5/15U] (HUFMDAS)
Introduction to Programming and Scripting for Digital Humanities [L4/15U] (HUFPSDH)
Term 8
Autumn
Literary Journalism 1642-Present [L5/15U] (HUFLJ1P)
Principles of Media Practice [L5/15U] (HUFMEDP)
Web Technologies [L5/15U] (HUFWTEC)
Part 1 Examination
Term 9
Winter
One of:
Photojournalism [L6/15U]
Advanced Story Technique [L6/15U] (DMXXXXXX1)
Art and Design 1 [L6/15U] (HUFAAD1)
One of:
Media Entrepreneurship [L5/15U]
Digitisation and Digital Resources [L6/15U] (DHUMXXXXX1)
Term 10
Spring
From Data to Story [L6/15U] (HUFFDTS)
Art and Design 2 [L6/15U] (HUFAAD2)
One of:
Book, Script, Film [L5/15U]
Commercial Photography [L6/15U]
Data and Society [L6/15U] (DHUMXXXXX2)
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 11
Summer
Radio Journalism [L6/15U] (HUFRJRN)
One of:
Advertising [L6/15U]
Screenwriting [L6/15U] (DMXXXXXX4)
One of:
External Placement [L5/15U]
Multimedia Computing & Public Engagement [L6/15U] (DHUMXXXXX3)
Term 12
Autumn
Current Affairs TV and e-Portfolio [L6/30U] (HUFCATP)
One of:
News Management and PR [L6/15U]
Travel Writing [L5/15U]
Digital Humanities Dissertation [L6/15U] (DHUMXXXXX4)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination