MP6049 - Media and Communications Project

What will I learn on this module?

The Media and Communication Project will develop and hone practical skills developed at Levels 4 and 5. Through practice and support from your allocated supervisor you will build upon the skills that you have learnt so far, as well as develop transferable skills that are industry facing and transferable to other career paths. The project involves engaging in project design, considering ethical issues, researching, organising one’s time, planning, synthesising ideas, analysing current media trends, expressing your ideas and findings in a professional fashion, and producing a final practical output in a medium of your choice that adheres to both academic and industry standards.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn primarily through independent learning. Apart from the initial lecture covering generic subjects such as health and safety and ethics, this module will be delivered totally via tutorials with your project supervisor. These will deal with your project ideas on a one-to-one basis and include advice and support on such things as the production process, technical issues, project development and production management, and the critical and reflective aspects of the project.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Through a preliminary lecture you will be introduced to the module by the Module Leader. Your group will be allocated a supervisor in the first weeks of the module. This supervisor will then guide you through to submission via one-to-one tutorials. Additional supporting documents and other materials will be available via the electronic learning portal.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• You will develop your skills & knowledge within a key medium that reflects your academic studies & your main interests with a view to entering industry. (LO1)
• You will develop your understanding of the standards expected in the industry by effectively presenting your ideas and content. (LO2)
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• You will evidence creative ideas, based on thorough research. You will use various media – (for example, but not limited to the creation of audio/video content, images and written work which best compliment the project. (LO3)
• You will demonstrate specific skills appropriate to the medium that you are working in. You will also employ general skills will include timekeeping, teamwork, heightened production values and scheduling. (LO4)
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• You will learn to work effectively in a small group and reflect upon that learning through critical analysis of your work practice and achievements. (LO5)
• You will be made aware of and contribute to an understanding of the ethical issues that running your website may include (LO6)
• You will understand the importance of and hone your skills in applied research techniques. (LO7)

How will I be assessed?

FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT
To prepare you successfully to undertake the summative assessment(s) on this module, formative assessments will be set by the module team. These may take the form of in-class tasks or projects, developmental activities undertaken between classes, or learning exercises/activities set over a longer period. Feedback (written and/or oral) will be provided to help you learn from, reflect on, and develop in light of these formative assessments. You will be given verbal formative feedback continually throughout the module during meetings with project supervisors.

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
(1) the production and ‘live’ running of a website in collaboration with other group members (40%);
(2) a portfolio showcasing the student’s individual contribution to the website (30%) and
(3) a 1,500-word reflective essay (30%)
Students will work in groups to plan and run a website on a subject of their choosing for one week during semester 2. The website will contain a range of appropriate audio, video and written content produced by the students both individually and collaboratively. It will be supported by appropriate social media output. (LOs – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7)
The portfolio will demonstrate the students’ individual contribution to the website. This may include material in a range of media (e.g. video, written work), or demonstrate a specialism in a particular medium (e.g. presenting or producing social media content). (LOs 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
In reflective commentary students will critique the planning for the website as well as the production process and running of the website. They will reflect on their own contribution as well as the experience of working in a group and what they have learned from this. (LOs – 2, 6, 7)

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The Media and Communication Project is the summit of three years’ work as you learn to independently synthesise theories and skill sets from many modules. You will work in small groups to conceptualise and build a website on a topic of the group’s choosing, that you will run ‘live’ for a week during the second semester. The website will include audio, video and written content and be supported by appropriate social media content. You will also produce a portfolio showcasing your individual contribution to the website and a 1,500-word reflective commentary. Your supervisor will be allocated according to their area of expertise. This module should also be viewed as a valuable referent which you can use to showcase your skills to potential employers upon graduation. This module gives you a degree of freedom to express yourself and your talents.

Course info

UCAS Code P305

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Arts

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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