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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The course introduces and exposes students to the power and capabilities of radio. It encourages students to listen, to learn and to understand the characteristics of radio as a distinctive aural communication medium. It will open up radio as an informative, educative and entertaining means of communication. The module also examines and explores the creative range and possibilities of radio. The module establishes and teaches the operational techniques of audio editing. The module also instructs and explains the range, power, diversity and meaning of sound and wild track as an aural language on which radio depends. The module shows and teaches the students how to research, create and produce a radio piece for broadcast.

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise and identify the range, complexity and creative auditory nature of radio broadcasting.
2. Present a written radio script.
3. Collect and reproduce wild track and sound language.
4. Prepare and construct a radio piece for broadcast.
5. Illustrate a proficiency in audio editing.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory24No Description
Lecture36No Description
Tutorial30No Description
Independent Study160No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction / Elements of storytelling in audio production / The importance of voice

Types of audio production / The use of sound in filmography

Audio editing software

Script writing for radio

Radio Advertising

The power of words

Interview & vox pop

Creating space through sound

Pre and post production

Audio production in media industries

Final assessment presentation

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • R. McLeish: 2005, Radio Production,
  • R. Horstmann: 1991, Writing for Radio,
  • M. Devaney: 1995, The RTE writer's guide: a guide for the professional writer and anyone interested in broadcast writing,
  • E. Willis & C. D'Arienzo: 1993, Writing scripts for television, radio and film,
  • G. Starkey: 2004, Radio in context,
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