Module title: Journalism Major Project

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: JAC11137
Module leader: Clare Trodden
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Screen


2019/0, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
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:
Students will be orientated towards high-level independent study through a blend of approaches. The lecture programme for the first three weeks of Trimester 2 includes the examination of the major project structure relevant to this level of study. The teaching will combine lectures, workshops and in-depth supervision sessions. This module will engage students in a variety of topic areas aimed at better preparing them for working to a professional standard. Students will analyse a range of topics relevant to both traditional and digital media workplaces and will gain experience of professional practices (including pitching) for freelance work (LOs 1-6). Later in the trimester individual supervisors will work closely with students on a one-to-one basis to set goals, monitor progress and provide advice on research strategy, framing research questions and appropriate professional practice skills. Students will learn to apply critical thought and professional techniques to an extended, industry based, research project, gather, critically evaluate and analyse extensive and complex information relevant to their own creative practice, demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theories and take responsibility for the initiation, planning and execution of a major project.

Formative Assessment:
Assessment (formative and summative)
It is important that a module such as this with only a single component of summative assessment has identifiable points for formative assessment. These take place throughout the two trimesters. They begin with the dissertation proposal, which forms the basis of negotiation with each student for the entire dissertation. This proposal will form the starting point for negotiation, discussion and development in the module. [LO’s 1-6]

Summative Assessment:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 3
Face To Face Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 587
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Final Year Project 100 1,2,3,4,5,6 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The Journalism Major Project needs a strong subject, one that sells to editors and publishers as a work destined for prime airtime or publication.
The Journalism Major Project gives you the chance to mobilise the skills and academic understanding you have acquired on the taught part of the programme to produce a journalistic artefact or series of artefacts of publishable and/or broadcast quality which is to be accompanied by a professional pitch, with accompanying documentation and a critically reflective essay of 4000 words.,
The artefact / series of artefacts produced by journalism students must represent a substantial piece of original investigative research which can be dealt with through print-, broadcast-, online-journalism of a high-quality professional standard. The total volume of this journalistic artefact / series of artefacts will be equivalent to 7,500 words, technical equivalents (for broadcast, or work presented in InDesign etc) for this word-count volume can be found in the Journalism Major Project Handbook.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
LO1: Critically engage with the professional techniques of an extended, industry orientated, research project.
LO2: Critically evaluate and analyse extensive and complex information relevant to the students’ own journalistic practice.
LO3: Produce and pitch a piece/pieces of journalism to a professional standard.
LO4: Critically engage with news values, newsgathering and interview skills.
LO5: Critically engage with the theoretical frameworks and key arguments used in the analysis of journalism.
LO6: Critically engage with the planning and execution of a major project.

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