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Radio Production and Criticism B

2014 unit code: MDA60014 (formerly HAM416)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours3 Hours per Week

Related course(s)

From 2008, a unit of study in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts (Media and Communications)

Aims and objectives

This subject aims to extend the knowledge gained by students in HAM402 and allows students to apply and extend their radio production skills. Building on the skills developed in the previous semester's work, students are involved in the production of documentary and variety programs with the aim of securing broadcast airtime.

Teaching methods

Lectures and studio based tutorials


Production exercises 80% including Montage assignment, interview assignment, proposal assignment, radio documentary, Participation 20%.

Generic skills outcomes

  • Advanced research skills.
  • Ability to develop and formulate a coherent argument.
  • Analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to develop in-depth interviewing skills for radio that can be extended to television or print.
  • Sound knowledge of news and current affairs.
  • Familiarity with the emerging digital media technologies.
  • Familiarity with the workings of the extended media family (print and television).


The emphasis of this subject is on praxis - students are encouraged to apply the theoretical knowledge of radio textual analysis to their own productions and are encouraged to constantly review their own and other's work with reference to the constructs examined in HAM402. They are also expected to keep abreast of changes and developments in the radio industry.

Reading materials

Barnard, S., Studying Radio (London: Edward Arnold Publishing, 2000)
Keith, M. The Radio Station: Broadcast, Satellite & Internet (
Burlington : Elsevier, 2006).