Short Title:Radio Production
Full Title:Radio Production
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:RDPR H1008
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Author:David Bryan
Module Description:This module introduces students to the basic technical, procedural and artistic skills of radio production, including studio based & location productions for both live and pre-recorded programme formats.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Discuss and demonstrate the codes and conventions of the radio medium.
LO2 Be proficient in basic digital studio operation techniques, digital recording and editing techniques and live studio broadcast operations.
LO3 Competently practice basic location recording techniques.
LO4 Edit captured and pre-existing digital audio into a standalone pre-record insert.
LO5 Research, script, edit, present and produce feature programming incorporating location interviews.
LO6 Demonstrate the value of content selection, timing and running orders.
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) %
Radio as a Medium
Develop knowledge and understanding as to how radio has developed as a medium internationally over time, with an appreciation for its strengths and weakness, leading to insight of how radio works best in engaging and entertaining the listener.
Equipment Operations
An introduction to the essential digital equipment used in studio and location productions and recordings, with emphasis on achieving competent technical and aesthetic operations for use with in-class productions.
Edit both originally captured and pre-existing audio through multitrack digital editing software, students will create short edited productions, emphasising both technical proficiency and editorial choice.
Radio Production Teams
An introduction into the roles involved in various radio programming formats, with practice of such roles in studio productions.
Programme Production
An introduction into the most common radio programme formats. Students will learn how to research, script, present and produce various programme types.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Research and profile a professional radio station with analysis of target audience, programme schedule, presenter types and overall station style. 1,6 10.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment In paired groups, produce 2 short pre-recorded and edited programme inserts. 1: record & edit an on location vox pop. 2: record and edit a short review, preview or feature item on a topic of the students choice, subject to approval of pitch by lecturer. 2,3,4 30.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment In groups of 2, research, script, present and produce a short music based entertainment programme. Each student within the group will operate the studio equipment in turn for the other student. 1,2,5,6 30.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment Produce a short magazine feature programme. With delegated production roles, the production team will research, script, edit and present a short typical magazine programme. 1,2,4,5,6 30.00 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 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Research & evaluation 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • McLeish, R. 2015, Radio Production, 6 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 1138819972]
  • Huber, D., Runstein R 2013, Modern Recording Techniques, 9 Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 113820367X]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources