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Programme Specification for the 2024/5 academic year

BA (Hons) Communications

1. Programme Details

Programme nameBA (Hons) Communications Programme codeUFA3EGLEGL16
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2024/5
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The BA (Hons) Communications programme allows you to develop deep knowledge and understanding of a variety of historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to the study of communication technologies and the production, dissemination, and reception of media texts. From early print media, through the broadcast era, to the current era of networked digital media, this degree will allow you to interrogate the ways that communication technologies mediate social realities in specific historical and cultural contexts. Employability skills are embedded throughout the programme, and you will hone practical and professional skills that will prepare you for work across a range of jobs in the creative industries. This is a truly interdisciplinary degree, with a core of Communication modules supplemented by a variety of optional modules in in Communications and other cognate disciplines, including (but not limited to) Film Studies, English, Politics, Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Theology, and Modern Languages. Modules are taught by published experts in Communications and the fields listed above, and students benefit from access to world-leading resources, such as the Digital Humanities Lab, the Foreign Language Centre, and the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. 

Advice and guidance on your programme can be sought from your personal tutor and programme director. All staff offer regular office hours that you can drop into without a prior appointment for this purpose.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The programme will offer you a structured framework of study in which you follow a balanced and complementary range of modules, with sufficient choice to ensure that you are able to follow an individual pathway of learning. The programme further aims to:

  • provide you with opportunities to acquire and develop deep knowledge and understanding of the historical development, character, and content of a wide variety of communication technologies
  • to equip you with the ability to critically evaluate and to synthesize a range of theoretical approaches and practices related to the study of Communications in a range of texts and contexts
  • to develop an appreciation of a range of methodological approaches to the academic study of Communications
  • to develop the necessary communication skills necessary for a variety of careers across the cultural sector, including the media, cultural, and heritage industries
  • to provide opportunities for you to reflect critically upon graduate career planning and strategies
  • to foster critical and analytical skills, including graduate research skills

4. Programme Structure

The BA Communications is a three-year full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme can also be studied part-time in up to six years. This programme is divided into three stages. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

5. Programme Modules

http://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/undergraduates/modules/

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

You may take elective modules up to 30 credits outside of the programme in any stage of the programme as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CMM1001 Perspectives on Communications 30No
CMM1002 Communications Challenges 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
COMMS S1 BA SH opt
AHV1006 Visual Media 15 No
EAS1032 Approaches to Criticism 30 No
EAS1034 Film Studies: An Introduction 15 No
EAS1040 Academic English 15 No
EAS1044 Imagine This: Prompts for Creative Writing 15 No
HUM1001 Enter the Matrix: Digital Perspectives on the Humanities 15 No
MLG1014 A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory 15 No
POL1018 The Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century 15 No
SML1208 Language, Culture, and International Relations 15 No
THE1076 Religion in the Modern World 15 No

Stage 2


45 - 60 credits of compulsory modules, 60-75 credits of optional modules for a total of 120 credits

Choose either the 15 or 30 credit version of Communications in the Workplace – you cannot choose both

CMM2008 is a pre-requisite for taking either CMM3002 Communications Dissertation or CMM3003 Communications Practical Research Project in final year.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CMM2001 Communications in the Workplace [See note a above]15No
CMM2002 Communications in the Workplace [See note a above]30No
CMM2008 Communications Research Methods 30No

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
COMMS S2 BA SH opt 2023-4
ANT2090 Sound and Society 15 No
EAF2510 Adaptation: Text, Image, Culture 30 No
EAS2090 Humanities after the Human: Further Adventures in Critical Theory 30 No
HUM2004 Making a Career in Publishing 15 No
PHL2125 Ethics of Emerging Technologies 15 No
POL2100 Political Conflicts in Europe 15 No
SML2244 Multilingualism in Society 15 No
SML2246 Intercultural Communication 15 No
SOC2030 Sociology of Art and Culture 15 No
SOC2034 Gender and Society 1 15 No
SOC2096 Cyborg Studies 15 No
SOC2115 Deception 15 No
SOC2122 Digital Society 15 No
THE2043 Religious Literacy, Communication and Media 30 No
CMM2013 Introduction to Games Studies 30 No
CMM2010 Professional Writing 30 No
CMM2011 History of Communications 30 No
CMM2012 Communications and the Climate Crisis 30 No
CMM2009 Communications in the 21st Century 30 No

Stage 3


30 credits of compulsory modules, 90 credits of optional modules

Subject to choosing 120 credits for the stage overall, you must:

b You must select either CMM3002 or CMM3003 (you cannot choose more than one module from this group).

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
CMM3002 Communications: Dissertation [See note b above]30Yes
CMM3003 Communications: Practical Research Project [See note b above]30Yes

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
COMMS SF BA SH opt 2023-4
DRA3050 Creative Industries Management 30 No
EAF3513 British Screens 30 No
EAF3515 Something to See: War and Visual Media 30 No
EAS3128 Writing the Short Film 30 No
EAS3191 Writing for Children and Young Adults 30 No
EAS3195 Acts of Writing: From Decolonisation to Globalisation 30 No
EAS3198 The Death of the Novel 30 No
EAS3237 The Rise of Science 30 No
EAS3241 Harlem and After: African American Literature 1925-present 30 No
EAS3408 Poetry and Politics 30 No
HIH3617 News, Media and Communication 30 No
POL3000 Deadly Words: The Language of Political Violence 15 No
SML3009 Intercultural Communication in a Global World 15 No
POL3051 The Media in Europe 30 No
CMM3004 Social Media and Society 30 No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the historical development of a range of communication technologies.
2. Identify, evaluate, and appreciate a variety of methodological approaches and critical traditions within communication studies.
3. Apply a range of critical theories to the study of communication technologies and media texts.
4. Interrogate and analyse media texts within their particular contexts of production, dissemination, and reception.
5. Position debates about communications within a wider context of cultural and intellectual history.
6. Apply critical terminology and, where appropriate, methodological, linguistic, stylistic, and/or formal terminology to an understanding of communication technologies and media texts; utilise appropriate bibliographical style.

ILOs 1-6 are acquired through lectures, seminars, workshops, study groups, tutorials and other learning activities throughout the programme. The degree of specialisation of subject knowledge increases during the programme, culminating in the dissertation. Modules at stage 3 are most closely related to the research specialism of the staff teaching the module. The precise method of teaching varies according to each module. On team-taught modules you will normally engage in both lectures and seminar groups. In smaller options you will normally spend most of your contact time in seminar groups and workshops. 

Your learning is further developed through engagement with assessments, following guidance from tutors and lecturers and through feedback on work submitted

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, web-based assessments, audio-visual and written essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation or large-scale practical project. Essays, exams, and presentations are especially significant within the programme because they assess each of the skills in ILOs 1-6.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Apply critical skills in the analysis of communication technologies and media texts.
8. Articulate knowledge and understanding of relevant concepts and theories relating to communication and media.
9. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data in order to frame questions and answer questions relevant to academic study and the graduate workplace.
10. Demonstrate the ability to sustain fluent arguments and analysis in writing and in presenting ideas to others.
11. Apply bibliographic skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions in the presentation of scholarly work.

ILOs 7-11 are developed throughout the programme in all modules, with the emphasis becoming more complex as students move from stage to stage. They are developed through lectures and seminars, written work, and oral work (both in presentation and seminar discussion).

They will culminate in the substantial and independent research skills demonstrated within the dissertation or large-scale practical project.

The assessment of these skills is through a combination of presentations and participation in seminars, annotated bibliographies, web-based assessments, written and/or audio-visual essays, exams, other written reports/projects, and a dissertation or large-scale practical project.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

12. Apply advanced literacy and communication skills in appropriate contexts including the ability to present sustained and persuasive written and oral arguments.
13. Analyse and critically examine diverse forms of material, both textual and visual.
14. Acquire and interrelate substantial quantities of complex information of diverse kinds, in a structured and systematic way, and involving the use of the distinctive methodological and interpretative skills of the subject areas.
15. Apply research skills for the retrieval of historical material, and develop the ability to gather, sift and organise this material independently and critically, evaluating its significance.
16. Interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions, and weigh the importance of alternative perspectives in a critical and self-reflective manner.
17. Exercise independent thought and judgment.
18. Engage with others through the presentation of ideas and information in groups, and work towards the collective negotiation of solutions.
19. Plan and execute written and other forms of project-work over both short and long timescales.
20. Complete tasks under time-constrained conditions and effectively manage deadlines and targets.

7. Programme Regulations

Classification

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

All students within Communications have a personal tutor for their entire programme of study and who are available for at least three hours a week at advertised ‘office hours’. There are induction sessions to orientate students at the start of their programme. A personal tutoring system will operate with regular communication throughout the programme. Academic support will be also be provided by module leaders. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

10. Admissions Criteria

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

BA (Hons) Communications

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

360

ECTS credits

180

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

[Honours] Communication, media, film and cultural studies

23. Dates

Origin Date

07/01/2020

Date of last revision

01/09/2022