Short Title:Radio Programming
Full Title:Radio Programming
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:RDPR H3004
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:David Bryan
Module Description:The advancement of the planning process, scheduling, submission process and production relating to professional practice in the radio industry, to whit documentary, news content and broadcast scheduling. To further develop the student to be able to function effectively autonomously in a self directed project and in a team by leading a group or by active contribution.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Competently demonstrate knowledge of the radio documentary submission process.
LO2 Produce from concept to completion an original documentary feature to broadcast standards.
LO3 Understand, deliver and create news content for modern broadcast schedules.
LO4 Comprehend and evaluate the issues around licenced radio stations in Ireland and how to submit proposals to the relevant bodies.
LO5 Schedule and produce the programming selection for a typical radio station, evaluating and justifying editorial choices.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
The planning process, submission guidelines, production and critique of the documentary and feature formats. The concepts behind and creation of same, from planning, research, design and production.
Research, prepare and verification of local, national and international stories relevant to the target audience. Source, script and deliver contemporaneous news content with the inclusion of sound reportage.
Radio Station Scheduling
Examine and critique existing radio station schedules, the design and preparation of programme schedules appropriate to specified station identity, target audience and format. The rationale and execution of running a radio station incorporating the partial licence submission process with relevant bodies, programme evaluation, programme choice, scheduling and promotion.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Produce a treatment proposal for a documentary / short feature to be produced during the semester. 1,4 15.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment From the approved treatment, produce from concept to completion 1 full documentary feature. 2,5 40.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment In breakout groups, source, script and present news bulletins for a typical news day broadcast. 3,5 30.00 n/a
Reflective Journal Produce a module journal of the work completed during the semester. The journal will contain a concise record of all the relevant tasks and activities undertaken by the student, any concept and brainstorming work participated in and undertaken during the semester, research and preproduction notes and details of any new or special aspects that the student learned such as problem solving, creative processes, technical limitations and solutions, and research methods. 1,2,3,4,5 10.00 n/a
Performance Evaluation An assessment of practical work during the module based on work on projects, achievement of reaching and fulfilling deadlines and participation in tasks. 1,2,3,4,5 5.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer/Lab Students will attend in-class lectures, lecturer lead demonstrations, practical workshops, tutorials, seminars and critique sessions 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Learning Time Research & evaluation 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Biewen, J. 2017, Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, 2 Ed., The University of North Carolina Press [ISBN: 1469633132]
  • Karia, A. 2015, TED Talks Storytelling: 23 Storytelling Techniques from the Best TED Talks, 3 Ed., CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 1507503008]
  • Barnas, F. 2017, Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing, 7 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 1138207489]
  • McLeish R. 2015, Radio Production, 6 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 1138819972]
  • Geller, V. 2011, Beyond Powerful Radio, 2 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 0240522249]
  • Norberg, E. 2017, Radio Programming: Tactics and Strategy, 1 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 1138464775]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources