Module title: Magazine Production

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC09107
Module leader: Clare Trodden
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen


2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Clare Trodden
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Three-hour workshops delivered by a team of experienced practitioners with a range of journalism, publishing, editing and design skills will offer you intensive instruction and insights and also enable you to learn by doing. In addition, the final three production days (of six hours each) before the magazine goes to print will run consecutively. These will correspond to learning outcomes 1-5. There will also be a strong emphasis on independent study with students being encouraged to practice in the computer labs and on their own PCs. Through these workshops and the lectures you will develop writing and design skills acquired in previous modules, evaluate advertising and distribution challenges, develop a critical understanding of the contemporary magazine marketplace, develop an understanding of the group dynamics and processes in magazine production and understand the challenges of producing a print or online magazine by engaging in effective teamwork in order to produce a publication to tight deadlines. Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
Magazine publishing is the most buoyant sector of print media at present offering expanding employment opportunities so acquiring skills in this sphere will boost student employability. This module also calls upon students to be self-reliant and creatively co-operative. Working in a team to produce a magazine provides essential employability skills for working as a print journalist and the collaborative and co-operative working are essential skills to all journalists.

Formative Assessment:
Working as part of a group (project 80%) you will contribute to the production of a magazine. Half of the mark will be awarded for your individual contributions to this; half the mark for teamwork (LO1-5). You will also be encouraged to develop critical self-evaluation skills through the completion of a reflective log (20%) which will be submitted in week 13 on completion of the last of the aforementioned practical exercises (LO1-2 and LO5).

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Supervised time in studio/workshop 54
Independent Learning Guided independent study 134
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 80 1,2,3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 20 1,2,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will commence by getting you to think like a potential magazine publisher or editor by critically examining the range of magazines available on the news stands and the various approaches and styles they adopt in order to appeal to a particular target readership. You will then apply these critical skills to conceiving your own publication and then draw upon a range of editorial and design skills to produce your own magazine.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
L01: Demonstrate critical understanding of the contemporary magazine marketplace
LO2: Develop critical understanding of the group dynamics and processes of magazine production
LO3: Engage in effective teamwork in order to produce a publication to tight deadlines
LO4: Develop writing and design skills acquired in previous modules
LO5: Evaluate advertising and distribution challenges.

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