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Radio (BA)

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Title Radio (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Simon Order | Email: s.order@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 7838

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Radio
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description This major introduces students to live radio broadcasting and audio production in a range of creative formats. Students broadcast on Radio Fremantle and online, giving them a unique opportunity to experience radio production in a real-life industry environment. Students completing this major will be equipped with a wide range of skills covering broadcast journalism, radio reporting, presenting, producing, digital recording and editing. Students will also develop a range of skills in the wider digital content delivery landscape of the internet utilising multimedia production techniques. They will also have an understanding of how the industry operates and of the place of radio in the Australian and global media landscape.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Many of the production units in Radio are subject to quota. Entry to Part II production units depends on students' performance (C grade average) in the Part I production unit prerequisites. In certain instances, and at the discretion of the Academic Chair, the Part I prerequisite may be waived for students with previous production experience.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Understand ways of analytical and critical thinking by:
* demonstrating a knowledge of, and applying the principles and concepts of radio production practice
* recognising that radio is a broad discipline that impacts on, and is influenced by, other disciplines
* recognising that radio plays an essential role in culture and media
* recognising the creative endeavour involved in acquiring knowledge and the range of theories developed in the area

SKILLS
Analyse and produce radio content, both individually and in teams, by:
* determining an appropriate method to work to a particular brief
* applying recognised methods and appropriate practical techniques and tools, and being able to adapt these techniques when necessary
* synthesising and evaluating information from a range of sources, including traditional and emerging information technologies and methods

APPLICATION
Communicate radio knowledge by:
* creating radio productions, in a variety of modes, for diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes
* presenting information, articulating arguments and conclusions, in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes
* Take personal, professional and social responsibility by:
* recognising the relevant and required ethical conduct and behaviour within which radio is practiced
* demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning
* demonstrating a capacity for working responsibly and safely
* understanding and being able to articulate aspects of the place and importance of radio in the local and global community
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Graduates in radio have progressed to successful careers in all aspects of media work both in Australia and abroad. The broad-ranging skills acquired during the course of the degree prepares graduates equally well for media production as for media-based roles in government, business and education. With genuine live-to-air experience and audio digital production skills, as well as theoretical knowledge about broadcast policy and audiences, radio graduates are prepared for a wide range of on-air and off-air roles in the broadcasting industries.
Recommended Double Majors Journalism; Sound
Excluded Minors Radio
Main research areas Radio production, online radio, digital radio, broadcast journalism, broadcast policy, audiences.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

RAD105 Introduction to Radio - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

SOU169 Introduction to Sound Studies - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

SOU101 Introduction to Audio Production - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

RAD244 Radio Presenting and Producing - 6 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

JOU245 Media Law and Ethics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

RAD301 Creative Radio - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

RAD374 Popular Music - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

RAD316 Radio Projects - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Students with good academic records with a course GPA of 2.5 or higher can apply to the Academic Chair to take:

RAD325 Radio Professional Placement - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement, SUM-placement, U-placement, W-placement

For assistance with course planning, please contact your Student Advisor.

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