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  1. NAME OF THE PROGRAMME: B. Sc. BROADCAST JOURNALISM
  2. THE PROGRAMME CODE:
  3. ADMISSION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

 

To be admitted into B. Sc. Broadcast Journalism, the candidate is required to meet at least one of the following:

 

100 Level

Five Ordinary Level (O/L) credit passes including English Language, Literature in English, Mathematics and any other two of arts or social sciences subjects at SSCE, GCE, NECO or NABTEB at not more than two sittings. 

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200 Level

National Diploma (ND), National Certificate of Education (NCE), or Higher National Diploma (HND) in Broadcast Journalism, Mass Communication, Theatre and Performing Arts or any other relevant course from recognized institutions with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 5points or its equivalent. In addition, the candidate must have 5 credit passes at the Ordinary Level including English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics. Candidates with GCE ‘A Level’ are no longer considered for direct entry into any Mass Communication discipline because of the subject combinations and lack of professional foundation in advanced level subjects.  Such candidates are advised to take 100-Level admission.

 

4.1 Graduation Requirements and Credit Distribution

The graduation credits required are 146 for 100-Level admission, and 126 for Direct Entry students, as indicated in the table below:

 

Year

Credits

Year 1

32/12

Year II

37

Year III

38

Year IV

39

Total

146/126

The students must pass all compulsory courses specified by the University/Department and meet other requirements that may be prescribed by the Department, Faculty and the Senate.

 

  1. PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

The B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Broadcast Journalism programme is aimed at developing the intellectual, creative communication and problem-solving skills, and competencies (including writing, reporting, producing and presenting) which will prepare students for employment in broadcasting and other related areas of general graduate employment in the ever expanding communication and media industry. The programme combines learning and research with intensive practical hands-on training to produce industry-ready graduates at the completion of the four years. The practical aspect of the course prepares students to face the increasing challenges of the multi-skilled and multi-tasking nature of the profession. Through accessible and flexible and cost-effective ODL system of education, it is envisaged that the B.Sc. Broadcast Journalism graduates will provide the much needed trained professionals, creative staff and entrepreneurs capable of bridging the insatiable demand for quality content needed to support both the broadcasting industry and the emerging new media platforms.

 

5.1. Vision

To be regarded as the foremost University providing highly accessible and enhanced quality education anchored by social justice, equality and national cohesion through a comprehensive reach that transcends all barriers.

 

  1. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The B. Sc. Broadcast Journalism is designed to provide the students with an understanding of the principles of Broadcast Journalism and an opportunity to develop techniques in scriptwriting, Broadcast Journalism, directing and marketing.

 

6.1 Aims

It is the overall goal of this course to provide professional and internationally accredited training facilities for broadcasters and technical staff in the broadcast and new media industry. Thus this course has the added social focus of providing opportunities for greater employment of young people in Nigeria, to enable them to fit in, integrate, and use their skills in any broadcast or new media industry in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world.

 

6.2 Objectives

By the end of this degree program, students would

  • Be employable in the creative industries of film, television and online media
  • Have met and collaborated with likeminded broadcasters
  • Have explored their creativity through programme production and presentation
  • Be technically skilled and talented in many aspects of production and post-production of broadcast programmes
  • Become competent broadcasters with a high ability to source funds for programme production, documentary and other relevant projects
  • Have gained ability to reinforce the Nigerian cultural heritage in broadcasting.
  • Understand broadcast journalism and programme creation.
  • Be able to established techniques of broadcast writing, reporting, production and academic enquiry.
  • Be able to make independent judgments on journalistic practice by developing their critical evaluation of current research and assumptions in the study of broadcasting.
  • Be able to acquire a critical understanding of broadcasting as a tool for national development through an informed, analytical and creative approach to professional practice.
  • develop a sense of social consciousness, ethical practice and responsibility to their profession and the society in general.
  • Develop skills to write and produce extended pieces of original, scholarly broadcast work or research dissertations under supervision.
  • gain professional experience of broadcasting through work placement within the industry while in school.
  • display employability skills required for working in broadcasting and the transferable skills (within both the theoretical and practical frameworks of broadcast enquiry and practice) for employment in other areas of work.
  • To provide the necessary skills to equip students with the ability to pursue life-long learning

 

 

  1. OUTLINE OF PROGRAMME PLAN (OPP) AND DEGREE RULES

 

 7.1      Outline of Course Structure:

B. Sc. Broadcast Journalism shall run for a minimum of 8 semesters and a maximum of 16 semesters for students entering at 100-Level; a minimum of 6 semesters and a maximum of 12 semesters for direct entry students.

 

 

 

100-LEVEL

Code

Description

Credits

 

University Wide Courses

12

CIT102

Software Application Skills

2

GST101

Use of English & Communication Skills I

2

GST102

Use of English & Communication Skills II

2

GST104

Use of Library

2

GST105

History & Philosophy of Science

2

GST107

The Good Study Guide

2

 

 

 

Code

Departmental Core Courses

18

BCJ112

Spoken English

2

BCJ113

Media English

2

BCJ114

Introduction to Computer Application in Online Mass Communication

2

MAC111

Introduction to Mass Communication

3

MAC113

History of Nigerian Mass Media

2

MAC142

Introduction to Radio and Television

3

MAC115

African Communication Systems I

2

MAC117

Writing for the Mass media

2

Code

Electives (Choose minimum of 8 credits)

04

BCJ111

Study Skill in Mass Communication

2

BCJ121

From Mass Media to Multimedia

2

BCJ122

Cross-cultural Communication

2

CSS111

Introduction to Sociology

3

ENG113

Introduction to Nigerian Literature I

2

ENG114

Introduction to Nigerian Literature II

2

 

Total Number of Units

34

 

 

 

200-LEVEL

Code

University Wide Courses

4

GST203

Introduction to Philosophy and Logic

2

GST202

Fundamentals of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

2

 

 

 

Code

Departmental Core Courses (22 credits)

27

BCJ211

Fundamentals of Computer Application

2

BCJ212

Writing for the Broadcast Media

2

BCJ214

Introduction to Telecommunication and Broadcasting

2

BCJ216

Introduction to Social Media Networks

2

MAC211

Theories of Mass Communication

3

MAC212

Media and Society

3

MAC213

Foundations of Communication Research

2

MAC221

Editing & Graphics of Communication

2

MAC225

News Writing & Reporting

2

MAC242

Foundations of Broadcasting

3

MAC246

Educational Broadcasting Studies

2

ENG241

Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology

3

 

 

 

Code

Electives (Choose minimum of 8 credits)

04

FMC116

Element of Film Production

2

BCJ233

Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations

2

JIL211

Nigerian Legal System 1

4

JIL212

Nigerian Legal System 2

4

BCJ213

Fundamental of Public Speaking

2

MAC214

Investigative & Interpretative Reporting

2

 

Total Number of Units

35

 

 

 

300-LEVEL

Code

University Wide Courses

2

GST 301

Entrepreneurship Studies I

2

 

 

 

Code

Departmental Core Courses)

32

BCJ311

Techniques of Television News Writing and Production

3

BCJ312

Techniques of Radio News Writing and Production

3

BCJ313

Broadcasting Regulation in Nigeria

2

BCJ314

Online Broadcasting (Webcasting, podcasting and streaming)

2

BCJ318

Internship: Attachment to Broadcast Media Company

6

MAC311

International Communication and World Global Systems

3

MAC314

Issues in Nigerian Mass Media

2

MAC333

Media Station Management and Operation

3

MAC341

Developmental Communication & Broadcasting

3

MAC343

Radio/TV Programming

3

MAC345

Announcing & Performing

2

 

 

 

Code

Electives (Choose minimum of four units)

4

BCJ316

Public Affairs broadcasting

2

BCJ321

Comparative Broadcasting

2

BCJ322

Community Broadcasting

2

MAC323

Photojournalism

3

MAC313

Critical Writing and Reviewing

2

 

 

 

 

Total Number of Units

38

 

 

400-LEVEL

Code

Departmental Core Courses

35

 BCJ411

Emerging Global Trends in Broadcasting

2

BCJ412

Principle and Practice of Live Broadcasting

2

BCJ413

Advanced project in Radio Broadcasting

3

BCJ414

Advanced project in Television Broadcasting

3

BCJ415

Advanced Techniques of Video/Sound Editing and Post Production

3

BCJ418

Research Project in Broadcasting

6

BCJ422

Advanced Script writing for the Broadcast Media

3

BCJ423

Fundamentals of Graphics for TV and Online media

2

MAC 411

Media Law and Ethics

3

MAC413

Data Analysis in Communication Research

2

MAC442

Advanced Broadcast News/Program Production

3

MAC444

Broadcast Commentary & Announcing

3

 

 

 

Code

Electives (Choose minimum of four units)

4

BCJ431

Religious Broadcasting

2

BCJ432

Media and Conflict

2

BCJ433

Public service Broadcasting

2

BCJ434

Health Communication

2

MAC428

Integrated Marketing Communication

2

 

 

 

 

Total Number of Units

39

 

 

7.2 Degree/Graduation Rules.

To be eligible for the award of B.Sc. in Broadcast Journalism, the student must pass a minimum of 120 credits units which includes elective courses for an 8-semester structure; and 90 credit units including elective courses for a 6-semester structure. Students must earn CGPA of not less than 1.0 to graduate. They must equally meet other requirements as prescribed by the Department, Faculty and Senate.

 

 

 

 

7.3 Summary of Distribution of Course Credits by Level

(a) 100 Level Admissions/Entrants

Level

GST and Other General Courses

Subject Specialization Area & Electives

Total

 

 

Compulsory   Elective (min)

 

100

12

18                         04

34

200

04

27                          04

35

300

02

32                          04

38

400

-

35                          04

39

Total

18

112                         16

146

 

100 Level Entry Students are expected to earn 112 Credit Units (CU) of Compulsory Courses and at least 16 CU for Elective Courses for 8 semester course structure with CGPA of not less than 1.0. (112 + 16= 128)

NOTE: Students are required to pass at least one elective course in a semester. They must also pass the sum of 18 units of GST Courses as specified by the Senate.

 

 (b) Direct Entry Admission/Entrants

Level

GST   and Other

General Courses

SUBJECT /SPECIALIZATION

AREA

 Total

 

 

               Compulsory

Elective (min.)

 

100

              12

-

-

     12

200

04

27                         

04

35

300

02

32                         

04

38

400

-

35                         

04

39

Total

18

94                        

12

124

Direct Entry Students are expected to earn 96 Credit Units (CU) of Compulsory Courses and at least 12 CU of Elective Courses for 6 semesters course structure with CGPA of not less than 1.0. (94 + 12= 106)

NOTE: Students are required to pass at least one elective course in a semester. They must also pass 18 units of GST Courses as specified by the Senate.

 

  1. LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

The language of instruction for all the courses in this programme is English.

 

  1. QUALITY ASSURANCE

Subject to the Senate’s approval of this programme, the process of developing and adapting all the course materials will be seriously monitored internally, so as to ensure the quality of courses being developed, right from the onset.  Besides, the 5-year period for the review of course materials will be another opportunity to ensure the quality of the courses being reviewed.  Finally, the NOUN procedures for internal course validation will be followed.

 

  1. LIBRARY

The Programme has access to the Faculty library as well as the University’s Physical and virtual Libraries.    

 

  1. ACADEMIC Staff

S/N

NAME

QUALIFICATIONS

DESIGNATION

E-MAIL ADDRESS

1.

ONWUBERE, Chidinma H. – PhD

PhD Mass Communication (2010) (Broad), (UNILAG), M.Sc. Mass Communication (1995), UNILAG; PGD Mass Communication (1992, PRAD), B. A. En/Ed, (1986), (UNN), Cert. in Computer Programming (1993) UNILAG. SRN (1979).

Senior Lecturer

conwubere@noun.edu.ng

 

The University equally has facilitators spread across all the 78 Study Centres nation-wide, who handle communication courses.  There are also a host of facilitators taking the elective courses.

 

  1. ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

Candidates, who meet up the programme’s entry requirements as stated in item 2 above, will apply on-line.  When admitted, they will equally register their courses on-line as it is for other NOUN programmes.

 

  1. INSTRUCTIONAL METHOD, DELIVERY AND MONITORING

The instructional method is through the course materials distributed to students at the Study Centres.  Facilitators are used to give students additional aid on any area of the course materials requiring further explanation.

The facilitators will be closely monitored by the Head of Department, the Study Centre Director and Study Centre staff to ensure the quality of the services being rendered to the students.

  1. EVALUATION

Evaluation of all the courses would consist of Tutor Marked Assignments (TMA) and End of Course examination. The TMA constitute 30% of the total score. The End of Course examination is 70%.

 

15.1     Tutor Marked Assignment

As part of the evaluation mechanism, each course would be provided with 3 TMA’s which would be used for the Continuous Assessments for a course. To qualify to sit for examination therefore, each student must turn in at least three TMA’s for each of the courses.

 

15.2     End of Semester Examination

Each course will also be examined at the end of the semester. Course facilitators would be encouraged to provide data bank questions to the examination data bank in the Faculty. The Head of Department will select two sets of questions set in the NOUN house style and format provided by the University. Thereafter, the questions would be internally moderated by the Deans in some cases and the HOD at other times, before they are sent to an External Examiner for moderation. The External Examiner will be chosen from other University.

 

15.3     Marking of Examination Scripts

The marking guides for each course as moderated by the external assessor would be used in the marking of the scripts by the Course Facilitators.

 

  1. LEARNERS’ SUPPORT

Similar to other students receiving tertiary education, students in Distance Education require various academic and administrative support services from the Directorate of Learner Support Services (DLSS), that currently coordinates the various study centres, student Counsellors and Facilitators.  The Faculty of Social Sciences on its own part will take steps to enhance Study facilitation by following up on facilities available for its courses in all the Centres and employ more facilitators as the need arises.

  1. TARGET GROUP

Being an open-university, the B.Sc. Broadcast Journalism programme should target both young and old candidates who are interested in acquiring professional skills in Broadcast Journalism and related multimedia variants. The target audience thus includes the general public and those aspiring to become film directors, producers, actor and actresses and the rest of other interested professionals.

  1. STUDENTS’ ENROLMENT AND PROJECTION

It is projected that at the take-off of the programme by 2018, it is estimated that about 1,500 students will enrol initially considering the frequent requests of prospective candidates who are eager for this programme to be established.  It will record at least 10 per cent annual increment in the students’ enrolment. It is projected that this enrolment will continue to increase over the time.

  1. CONCLUSION

In view of the fact that a lot of prospective candidates are on ground for this programme and the need to accommodate Broadcast Journalism as an arm for Mass Communication programmes and provide opportunities for presenters and producers of radio/TV programmes in the field, it is sincerely hoped that this B. Sc. Broadcast Journalism Programme will be of immense benefit to the majority of unskilled media practitioners most especially in the entertainment industry today.  Professionalism in Broadcast Journalism is of course, to the advantage of mankind, since entertainment is inextricably intertwined with human nature and development.

 

PREPARED BY:

1. ONWUBERE, Chidinma. PhD, LLB

2. ADELAKUN, Lateef. PhD

Department of Mass Communication, NOUN.