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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. SPECIFICATION OF COURSE CONTENT

Given the fact that the programme, B.Sc. BROADCAST JOURNALISM is not provided for in the NUC Benchmark, the available DPPs in broadcasting from three different Nigerian University were reviewed and it served as the basis for the development of the DPP B.Sc. in BROADCAST JOURNALISM. 

 

University Wide Courses

    1. GST101: Use of English & Communication Skills I
    2. GST102: Use of English & Communication Skills II
    3. GST104: Use of Library
    4. GST105: History & Philosophy of Science
    5. GST107: The Good Study Guide
    6. CIT102:  Software Application Skills
    7. GST202: Fundamentals of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
    8. GST203: Introduction to Philosophy and Logic
    9. GST301: Entrepreneurship Studies

 

These are compulsory University courses.  Course descriptions are available from the necessary University unit.

 

100-Level Core Courses

BCJ111: Study Skills in Mass Communication

The Course introduces students to the use of the library for Mass Communication studies, academic text writing, referencing etc. it also exposes students documentary to know how to source for archival material while relating.

 

BCJ112: Spoken English:

A Single semester Course, this will concentrate on classroom and language laboratory exercises on conversional English, using relevant phonological materials (e.g. tapes record, video films etc.)

 

BCJ113: Media English:

This course introduces students to standard media English, as used by model radio and television organizations and internationally recognized and edited publications such as the BBC world service, CNN, Times Magazines etc.

 

BCJ114: Introduction to computer Applications in online Mass Communication

This is an introductory course aimed at familiarizing the student with basic knowledge of computer as a critical tool in mass communication. It addresses the computer needs and issues relating to mass communication medium, creating and operating a blog, website and the attendant opportunities provided by the new media etc.

 

BCJ121: From Mass Media to Multimedia

This course will provide an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the development of the mass media, and the recent appearance of multimedia forms. This will be done by exploring the varying commercial, structural and cultural differences between different media and to address issues such as who owns and controls them, how they are regulated and how these factors have influenced their content, impact and reception? The course will also explore the relationship between the mass media and new multimedia forms and will question if technologies like the internet might mean the end of centralized mass media forms.

 

BCJ122: Cross – Cultural Communication

This course is about communication across different cultures (i.e. intercultural communication) and communication between cultures (i.e. intercultural communication). It is not about cultures per se as is Cultural Anthropology. Students become attuned to the values, beliefs. And assumptions they hold generally and about communication specifically as they interact with people unlike themselves. The course combines theory and research from a social science perspective. The course involves application of concept, both in class and out of, by way of activities, simulations and interaction with people of other cultures.

 

MAC111: Introduction to Mass Communication                                    (3 Credit Units C)

Fundamentals of communication: Definitions nature, elements models of the communication process. Theories of mass communication: Form and content of communication: Verbal/Non-verbal, Intra/ inter personal modes: group & public communication and cross-cultural types:  Media and Adjuncts of mass communication: Impact of mass media & media effects:

 

MAC113: History of Nigerian Mass Media                                              (2 Credit Units C)

The contributions of Henry Townsend and other missionaries to Nigerian Journalism:  Nationalist’s role in media evolution:  The birth of Nigerian Newspapers: The Daily Times, Zik and The West African Pilot: Awolowo and The Nigerian Tribune: The expansion of the Newspapers in the East and North:  The post-independence media in Nigeria:  Evolution of Radio TV broadcasting in Nigeria:  Deregulation of the Broadcast Media in Nigeria News Agency of Nigeria.

 

MAC115:  African Communication Systems    1                                      (2 Credit Units C)

The concept of communication:  African communication systems: The traditional channels of communication in Africa: Classifications and comparisons:  Types of communication- visual, iconographic, instrumental etc.

 

MAC 117:  Writing for the Mass Media I                                                (2 Credit Units C)

Introduction to media writing:  Types of media and their audiences:  Characteristics of media writing. Units of writing: Word, phrases and clauses, the sentence paragraphs:  Modes of writing process of writing mechanics of writing: Writing Errors and style

Units of writing: Word, phrases and clauses, the sentence paragraphs.  Modes of writing process of writing mechanics of writing,; Writing Errors and style;  The comparison of the different styles in writing

 

MAC 142: Introduction to Radio and Television                                    (3 Credit Units C)

The principles and practice of broadcasting: History and origin of radio/television broadcasting and the basic equipment used in broadcasting: The importance of programming, news production/presentation and advertising in the broadcast triangle. The legal aspect of broadcasting should equally be introduced

 

 

 

200 Level

 

GST223: Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills

Introduction to entrepreneurship and new venture creation; Entrepreneurship in theory and practice; The opportunity, Forms of business, Staffing, Marketing and the new venture; Determining capital requirements Raising capital ; Financial planning and management; Starting a new business, Feasibility studies; Innovation; Legal Issues; Insurance and environmental considerations. Possible business opportunities in Nigeria.

 

GST222: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Basic Concepts in peace studies and conflict resolution, Peace as vehicle of unity and development, Conflict issues, Types of conflict, e.g. Ethnic/religious/political/economic conflicts Root causes of conflicts and violence in Africa, Indigene/settler phenomenon, Peace – building Management of Conflict and security. Elements of peace studies and conflict resolution, developing a culture of peace, Peace mediation and peace – keeping, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Dialogue/arbitration in conflict resolution, Role  Of international organizations in conflict resolution, e.g. ECOWAS, African Union, United Nations, etc.

 

BCJ211: Fundamental of Computer Applications

As potential future journalists and writers, students are expected to be familiar with text processing. The course is designed to aim at imparting a basic level appreciation programme to students, especially those who a never had extensive contacts with computers. It teaches students the basic the basic components of the computer, the hardware structure and how it all fits together.

 

BCJ212: Introduction to social Media Networks

This course will examine social media from a cultural perspective with a focus on how media technologies figure in the practice of every life and in the construction of social relations and identities. The course will work from an expansive definition of what constitutes social media considering social network sites, smartphone apps, online games among other technologies. The course will involve communication in social media channels, thus enabling students to be actively participating in the phenomena under study as the course progresses.

 

BCJ214: Introduction to Telecommunication and Broadcasting

This is a basic course which introduces students to history of broadcasting with specific reference to technological development of the industry from its analogue origin to its present digital form. The course seeks to acquaint the students with changing nature of the broadcasting hardware and software occasioned by advancement in telecommunication and their attendant implications on content quality, flexibility of transmissions and relative ease of access and audience participation in content creation, distribution and consumption on multiple platforms (on the internet, online, mobile and other digital delivery platforms).

 

BCJ216: Introduction to Social Media Networks

This course will examine “social media” from a cultural perspective, with a focus on how media technologies figure in the practices of everyday life and in the construction of social relationships and identities. The course will work from an expansive definition of what constitute “social media” considering social network sites, smartphones apps, and online games, among other technologies. The course will involve communication in the phenomena under study as the course progresses.

 

BCJ233: Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations

This course provides students with a general knowledge of the fundamental principles of advertising and public relations practices. Aspects of the professions covered in the course include advertising and PR planning and strategies, ad appeals, PR briefs, creative techniques in advert creation and the use of demographics, marking research   and psychographics. This course will give the students an overusing and PR industries their functions and practices, and an appreciation of their place within the broader communications context. In this course, students will analysis and discuss samples of advertising and PR projects, discovering best   practice in the industry, and exploring the process and processes:  involved in creating campaigns. Students   will examine advertising and PR practices and processes: Advertising agencies, PR consultancies and professional roles clients, target audiences, media and strategic and creative thinking in the trades

 

BCJ213: Fundamentals of Public Speaking

This course focuses on enabling students to master the skills used in public speaking which will greatly enhance their chances of being understood. An effective presentation includes good content, organization, delivery, audience and analysis. These are the tools that will be evaluated during the course. In addition, the information learnt will assist the students in becoming a more critical consumer of information.

 

MAC211: Theories of Mass Communication                                        (3 Credit Units C)

 Definition of key terms in course title:  The theoretical foundations for the study of mass communication: Logical deductions. The various concepts of, and approaches to Theories. Different theories of mass communication: The role of theories in the development of social sciences.   Theories of perception and attitude change and the dissemination of mass media messages: Media Effects Theories

 

MAC212: Media and Society                                                                    (3 Credit Units C)

Introduction defining the course title and explaining the link between Media Communication and the Society: Elements of communication, the cultural and social process of communication: Emphasis on sociological problems, themes and concepts: Juxtapose mass communication against the major social institutions e.g. school, churches, mosques, families, marriages, cultural organizations and groups etc.: Focus on the sociology of mass communication, professionalism in journalism, mass media message/content).Review the issues of cultural imperialism arising from media dependency: Control of mass media organizations and communication politics:  The Role of Communication in National Development.

 

MAC213:  Foundations of Communication Research                     (2 Credit Units C)

 Introduction - Meaning of research, media research and the scientific method, characteristics of research, development of media research:  Classification of Research.  Elements of Research   - concepts and constructs, measurement (nature and the different levels of measurement), variables.  Major Research Methods – Experimental, historical, survey, observational, content analysis etc.: Sampling Size and Error:  The Research Procedure - Proposal, data analysis, documentation.  Areas of Communication Research - Print and Electronic Media research, PRAD research.

 

MAC214: Investigative and Interpretative Reporting                               (2 Credit Units C)

 The principles of sourcing news behind the news: Different methods of investigative research. The need for digging deeper in search of facts, writing authentic investigative reports for public   information:  Sourcing for minutest details of information.

 

MAC221: Graphics of Mass Communication                                        (2 Credit Units C)

 Definition of terms:  Editing techniques: The UNIT Count System: Editing symbols. Journalese: The principles and machines involved in the visual presentation of words and illustrations. This will cover such topics as: processes of graphics, production, types and types faces; hot and cold type compositions, printing process, layouts, designs and make-up and the designing of caption for TV programmes.

 

MAC 225:  Advanced News writing and reporting                           (2 Credit Units C)

Intensive reporting and news-gathering:  The general areas of news coverage and the methods of dealing with them. Acquisition of in-depth knowledge certain specialized report areas: The course, the principles and techniques of reporting, copy formats and the place of research in reporting.

 

MAC242: Principles of Broadcasting                                                    (3 Credit Units C)

An overview of the physical, technical and societal basis of Radio and Television Broadcasting, The laws of nature that make broadcasting possible, as well as the scientists who propounded them; describe the individual items of equipment used in Radio and Television: The environments of broadcasting stations and net-works.

 

MAC246: Educational Broadcasting                                                               (2 Credits, C)

This course focuses on the instructional aspect of broadcasting for the benefit of those who will be in the classrooms.  It should dwell on the definitions of: broadcasting and education. The basic topics in broadcasting should be treated but with emphasis on how to teach these topics to broadcasters.

 

ENG241: Introduction to General Phonetics and Phonology

The aim is to introduce students to the principles of phonetic description and taxonomy, illustrated by practical examples and language exercises from a variety of languages, particularly those likely to be of interest to the teaching of English in Nigeria.

 

JIL211: Nigerian Legal System I                                                             (4 Credits E)

The Nigerian Legal System acquaints students with classifications of law, and the administration of justice-civil and criminal. It focuses on the idea and nature of law, the classifications, functions and the doctrine of equity.

 

JIL212 Nigerian Legal System II                                                             (4Credits E)

This is a continuation of LAW211. It extends to the history and development of courts, types and jurisdiction of courts, judicial personnel and the role of the judicial.  Also looks at the organization of legal education and the legal profession.

 

 

300 Level

 

BCJ311: Techniques of Television News Writing and Production

The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to data gathering methods in Journalism and Mass Communication; and enable students to analyse research data, and critically evaluate any piece of Journalistic writing or social science research. Another objective is to help students to apply the learnt methods in carrying out research projects.

 

BCJ312: Techniques of Radio News Writing and Production (2 Credit Units C)

Examination of the role and relationship between the mass media and other social institutions in society.  Attention is paid to media professionalism, media content, control of media organization, etc.

 

BCJ313: Broadcasting Regulation in Nigeria (2 Credit Units C)

This course is designed to provide students with detailed insight into the structures, management, process, economic s of and controversies surrounding the electronic media industries in Nigeria. The course will be valuable as a part of career preparation for students interested in working in broadcasting and related industries such as advertising,

 

BCJ314:  Online Broadcasting (Webcasting, podcasting and streaming) (2 Credit Units C)

This course enables students to build on the editing and writing skills learned in online Mass Communication, while gaining the technical skills for storytelling in online platforms, such as basic web production, using digital images, and creating audio podcasts. Students write in-depth stories on topics of serious public concern that may include education, the environment, the economy and technology. Students learn how to find and use government and advocacy group sources, and how to navigate the wealth of online data and documents. Students gain experience and confidence in reporting, writing and revising longer news stories. This course is a prerequisite for more advanced multimedia courses.

 

BCJ316: Public Affairs Broadcasting (2 Credit Units E)

This course provides students with an opportunity to gain field experience in broadcast

 

BCJ318: Internship Attachment to Broadcast Journalism Company (6 Credit Units C)

This course provides students with an opportunity to gain field experience in broadcast organizations. Each student’s internship is a variable – time assignment in the profession. Students must select an organization and make direct contact with the internship coordinator at the organization to secure an internship.

 

BCJ321: Comparative Broadcasting (2 Credit Units E)

This course provides students with an opportunity to gain field experience in broadcast

 

BCJ322: Community Broadcasting (2 Credit Units E)

This course seeks to familiarize the students with community broadcasting as an important type of broadcasting practice in the process of media democratization. It also exposes students to the localization of broadcasting to ensure that broadcasting is rural based & participating in nature.

 

MAC311: International Communication & World Media Systems (3 Credit Units C)

The place of the media in globalization and world propaganda:  The role of communication in managing global conflict and world crisis: The dichotomies of world communication and current trends. How ideology, culture economic, and international market structure have all contributed either in hindering or advancing the international flow of news among nations. Planning and directing of special outside broadcasts and simulated transmissions or “live” broadcasting.

 

MAC313: Critical Writing and Reviewing (2 Credit Units E)

Sharpen the literary qualities of students to appreciate works like books, dramas, music, etc. Encourage students to write at least two articles a week

 

MAC314: Issues in Nigerian Mass Media (2 Credit Units C)           

Critical analysis of significant events and personalities that have featured and characterized the Nigerian mass media from the political, social and economic points of view:   An overview of the dynamics of the mass media in Nigeria and their situational roles.

 

MAC323: Photo Journalism (3 Credits E)

Introduction: The process of photo journalism as a means of communication: The skills of manipulation of the still camera and film development, photo editing and image captioning, photojournalism ethics and laws, forms and types of photographs.

 

MAC333: Station Management and Operations (3 Credit Units C)

Introduction to principles of management: Management strategies and skills for effective operation of Radio/Television stations: Production techniques such as networking and close circuit television: Setting up and running of stations as commercial outfits. Planning and directing of special outside broadcasts and simulated transmissions or “live” broadcasting.

 

MAC341: Developmental Broadcast Journalism (3 Credit Units C)

Profession as a partner to government in national development: The meaning of growth and development, the concept of developmental communication and its evolutions in relation to basic theories of development.

 

MAC343: Radio/Television Programming and Operations (3 Credit Units C)

The importance of programming in Radio/TV stations, Emphasis is placed on designing programmes that will be able to sustain the broadcast triangle:  The different types of programmes and their production techniques. Practical exercises in studio set up, standard operating procedures and use Planning and directing of special outside broadcasts and simulated transmissions or “live” broadcasting

 

 

400-Level Departmental Core Courses

 

BCJ411: Emerging Global Trends in Broadcasting (2 Credit Units C)

This course is aimed at enabling the student to study the current trends in their individual areas of specialization. It is combination of lectures and student – focused practical work aimed at enhancing students’ deeper understanding of communication issues as they relate to the chosen concentration.

 

BCJ412: Principle and Practice of Live Broadcasting (2 Credit Units C)

The course introduces the students to the principles, practice and approaches to live broadcast in news, sports and special events coverage for radio and TV. It also provides an opportunity for hands-on training for students to demonstrate the mastery of the skills they learnt in other components part of the programme.

 

BCJ413: Advanced project in Radio Broadcasting (3 Credit Units C)

Like its TV COUNTERPART, this is also an advance level offering providing an in-depth knowledge and practical application of the hands-on experience gained at the lower levels (1,2&3). The course leads to the production of standard broadcast quality radio programme by the student under the close supervision by academic staff. Different types of projects should be produced by students individually and/ or in groups.

 

BCJ414: Advanced project in Television Broadcasting (3 Credit Units C)

The course is an advanced level providing an in-depth knowledge and practical application of the hands-on experience gained at the lower level (1, 2 &3). The course leads to the production of standard broadcast quality television programme by the student under the close supervision by academic staff. Different types of projects should be produced by students individually and/ or in groups

 

BCJ415: Advanced Techniques of Video/Sound Editing and Post Production (3 Credit Units C)

Editing film and video is about movement, choreography, the play of light, colour and graphics. And beyond all that, it’s all about psychology. In this 6-lesson course, students will learn the art and craft of editing videos from two award-winning filmmakers. The course explores techniques that can be applied in a range of non-linear editing programmes, including Adobe Premiere Pro. But the main focus is not just on developing software skills; it’s on exploring the magic behind video modification. Challenging projects including diary, and text title sequence will form part of the course.

 

BCJ418: Research Project in Broadcasting (6 Credit Units C)

This is a standard written dissertation that demonstrates the students’ understanding of research methodology as it applies to filmmaking. However, students can also present a feature/documentary film of 45 minutes as their Research Project. Students who chose to present a film as Research Project must present both CD of the film and a Hard and soft copy of the film script.

 

BCJ422: Advanced Script writing for the Broadcast Media (3 Credit Units C)

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of developing and writing original scripts for film, television, radio, film and online media. The course emphasizes proper scripts formats, theme, story, plot, dialogue, character arc, and the process of developing and writing a script. Students will be exposed to the use Final Draft or other word processing software to complete all written assignments to demonstrate comprehension of the basic concepts and techniques of modern script writing.

 

BCJ423: Fundamentals of Graphics for TV and Online media (2 Credit Units C)

This is a production course designed to introduce and expand the students’ knowledge of the world of motion graphics and special effects. Transition course, green screen, filters, masks, matters are going to be taught. In contrast to the animation course, this course focus on advanced compositing and techniques to enrich your video, skills, typography and to get exactly what you want to see on the screen.

 

BCJ431: Religious Broadcasting (2 Credit Units E)

The course focuses on how broadcasting is deployed in the service of religious evangelism and the effect of such practices on the society. It surveys the growth and development of evangelical broadcasting and discusses factors that helped to explain the current situation in Nigeria and other parts of the world.

 

BCJ432: Media and Conflict (2 Credit Units E)

This module addresses a series of documentary films in their historical context and in relation to the different modes of non-fiction filmmaking. Documentary narrative techniques including the use of archival footage, staged reconstructions of past events, and talking-head interviews, are investigated by means of close textual analysis and through a comparative approach to diverse documentary films. This module also explores the boundaries between fiction and non-fiction and, while articulating a definition of documentary film, it studies film forms that present interplay between the two, such as Mockumentaries and Essay Films

 

BCJ433: Public service Broadcasting. (2 Credit Units E)

The course discusses the nature of public service broadcasting, its history and it application as an important media policy option in democratic settings. Students learn the differences between public service broadcasting and other forms of media operational policies options around the world. It also discusses programmes policies and philosophies of public service broadcasting in relation to freedom of press freedom and other related issues in media pluralism and democracy.

 

BCJ434: Health Communication (2 Credit Units E)

This module introduces students to the principles of reporting, producing and editing health programmes. It guides students to appropriate health terms and how to report health related issues in a language that a layman can understand. It also introduces students to media involvement in the management of health hazards such as HIV/AIDs, Ebola, Covid19, Polio, Malaria, and other health challenges of international concern.

 

MAC411: Media law and Ethics (3 Credit Units C)

The legal and ethical sanctions and constraints in mass communication practice. The constitutional provisions for freedom of expression:  The statutes regulating libel, sedition, copyright, obscenity, sedition, contempt of court, and protection of space and invasion of privacy: The Nigerian legal system and other media laws like shield law, and professional ethical conduct.

 

MAC413: Data Analysis in Mass Communication (2 Credit Units C)

Definition of key terms:  Data analysis techniques, particularly the use of tables, graphs, and the measures of central tendency:  Presentation and interpretation of data, using these techniques.

 

MAC428:   Integrated Marketing Communication (2 Credit Units E)

Principles of marketing:  The Marketing/Promotional mix: The role of communication in effective marketing:  Marketing strategies: Public Relations and Advertising as vital marketing tools.

 

MAC442: Advanced Broadcast News/Programme Production (3 Credit Units C)

Practice of various methods of news gathering and news dissemination within broadcast triangle concept, various programming techniques, acquisition of the practical skills in script writing, emphasis on application skills learned.

 

MAC444: Broadcast Commentary and Announcement (3 Credit Units C)

Introduction, vocal qualities, broadcast commentary techniques, qualities and functions of radio/television announcer, practices in running commentary and announcing, overview of distinguished broadcast commentators and announcers in Nigerian and International contexts.

 

 

  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).

Associate Professor

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.