Broadcasting is another very popular degree progamme across the world. It has now become a single degree in Nigerian Universities, as approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The main focus of this course is to engage students in different activities and to hone their skills in radio and television broadcasting. This includes depth knowledge of broadcast journalism and new media interplay in the broadcast world.
Here’s the course structure contained in the curriculum approved by the NUC for this degree programme. If you’re thinking of going into this interesting area here’s what to expect within the four year-period of study. This information was lifted from the approved curriculum for the programme.
The philosophy of this programme is to produce professionals who will make meaningful contributions to the society for national development through the effective dissemination of mass media messages through the broadcast medium. In appreciation of the current complex and technology driven nature of the society, the B. Sc. programme in Broadcasting is thus, designed to produce highly knowledgeable, skilful and socially responsible professionals in Radio, Television, and other forms of broadcasting using traditional and social media to enhance development in all sectors.
Course Structure at 100 Level
|COURSE CODE||COURSE TITLE||UNITS||STATUS|
|100 LEVEL 1ST& 2ND SEMESTERS|
|CMS 101||Introduction to Communication I||2||C|
|CMS 102||Introduction to Communication II||2||C|
|CMS 103||History of Nigerian Media||2||C|
|CMS 104||Writing for the Media||2||C|
|CMS 105||Traditional African Communication Systems||2||C|
|CMS 106||Introduction to Computer & Computer Applications||2||C|
|CMS 107||Introduction to Statistics I||2||C|
|GST 111||English for Communicators||2||C|
|GST 112||Logic, Philosophy & Human Communication||2||C|
|GST 113||Nigerian Peoples & Culture||2||C|
|GST 121||Use of Library, Study Skills & ICT||2||C|
|GST 123||Basic Communication in French||2||E|
|GST 124||Basic Communication in Arabic||2||E|
|GST 126||Basic Communication in Nigerian languages
(Option of any one Nigerian language)
|Courses from the Faculty of Social Sciences||6||R|
|Courses from other Faculties||6||E|
Course Structure at 200 Level
|Course Code||Course Title||Units||Status|
|200 LEVEL 1ST& 2ND SEMESTERS|
|CMS 201||Feature Writing||2||C|
|CMS 202||Critical and Review Writing||2||E|
|CMS 203||Editing & Graphics of Communication||2||E|
|CMS 204||Theories of Communication||2||C|
|CMS 205||Foundations of Communication Research||2||C|
|CMS 206||Introduction to Statistics II||2||C|
|CMS 207||Nigerian Constitutional Development||2||C|
|CMS 209||Media and Information Literacy||2||C|
|CMS 211||Media Attachment||3||C|
|GST 222||Peace & Conflict Resolution||2||C|
|GST 223||Introduction to Entrepreneurial Skills||2||C|
|GST 224||Leadership Skills||2||C|
|BRC 201||Introduction to Broadcasting||2||C|
|BRC 202||Writing for Radio, Television & the Internet||2||C|
|BRC 203||Broadcast Journalism I||2||C|
|BRC 204||Radio & Television Production I||2||C|
|BRC 205||Announcing & Performance||2||C|
|BRC 206||Broadcast Studio Operations||2||C|
|BRC 207||English for Broadcasters||2||R|
|Courses from other Departments in Communication & Media Studies||4||R|
Course Structure at 300 Level
|COURSE CODE||COURSE TITLE||UNITS||STATUS|
|300 LEVEL 1ST & 2ND SEMESTERS|
|CMS 301||International Communication||2||C|
|CMS 302||Communication & Society||2||C|
|CMS 303||Gender & Communication||2||C|
|CMS 304||Media Attachment||3||C|
|BRC 301||Broadcast Management||3||C|
|BRC 302||Broadcast Journalism II||2||C|
|BRC 303||Public Affairs Broadcasting||2||C|
|BRC 304||Educational Broadcasting||2||C|
|BRC 305||Broadcast, Cable & Web Programming||3||C|
|BRC 306||Radio & Television Production II||2||C|
|BRC 307||Digital Postproduction||3||C|
|BRC 308||Broadcast Commentary & Critical Writing||2||E|
|BRC 309||Sports Broadcasting||2||E|
|BRC 310||Trends & Issues in Broadcasting||2||E|
|Courses from other Departments in Communication & Media Studies||6||R|
Course Structure at 400 Level
|COURSE CODE||COURSE TITLE||UNITS||STATUS|
|400 LEVEL 1ST& 2ND SEMESTERS|
|CMS 401||Media Law||2||C|
|CMS 402||Media Ethics||2||C|
|CMS 403||Data Analysis in Communication Research||2||C|
|CMS 404||Safety of Media Professionals||2||C|
|CMS 405||Media Economics and Sustainability||2||C|
|CMS 406||Communication for Development||2||C|
|CMS 499||Original Research Project I & II||6||C|
|BRC 401||Comparative Broadcasting Systems||3||C|
|BRC 402||Digitization& the Broadcast Industry||2||C|
|BRC 403||Broadcast Regulation||2||C|
|BRC 404||Audience Research||2||C|
|BRC 405||Community Broadcasting||3||C|
|BRC 406||Internet Broadcasting||2||C|
|BRC 407||Broadcasting & Popular Culture||2||E|
|Courses from other Departments in Communication & Media Studies||2||R|
100 –Level Courses
CMS 101 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION I
A global overview of the history, institutions and functions of communication in human society; an examination of the concepts, levels/categories and elements of human communication; survey of the role and influence of cultural beliefs and practices as well as changing technologies in human communication.
CMS 102 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION II
Consideration of media communications as a sub-type of human communication; an overview of the progress; models, and elements of media communications; survey of the media, including their adjuncts are discussed. It also presents an examination of the characteristics, functions, contents, operations and impact of the media as well as national media systems and communication between/across nations.
CMS 103 HISTORY OF NIGERIAN MEDIA
This course traces the major trends in the development of the communication and media in Nigeria; as well as their adaptation and contribution to the political, religious, economic and social development in Nigeria.
CMS 104 WRITING FOR THE MEDIA
Instruction and practice in writing for the media with the major emphasis on development of effective styles in professional communications and proficiency in grammar and the use of language.
CMS 105 TRADITIONAL AFRICAN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
Survey of African traditional communication forms, channels, contents, technologies and institutions. Students are exposed to the significance and influence of these traditional structures on modern communication systems, as well as on contemporary African Political Culture and development.
CMS 106 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER & COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
Instruction and practice in computer operations aimed at enabling the students to acquire the basic knowledge and skills essential for communication professionals.
CMS 107 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS I
Role of statistics in social science inquiry; Nature of measurement; presentation of data. Central values measures of deviation, correlation, nature of sampling; Probabilities and normal distribution, inference hypotheses testing. Test of significance.
200 –Level Courses
CMS 201 FEATURE WRITING
This is a practical course designed to enable students to become proficient in preparing a publishable feature articles. Focus is on writing, analysing and marketing feature articles for offline and online newspapers and magazines. Subject research, investigation of editorial needs, ethical and legal problems and manuscript preparation are also discussed in this course. It provides excellent material from the Nigerian and foreign news media for study and imitation.
CMS 202 CRITICAL AND REVIEW WRITING
Prerequisite; news writing or consent of instructor; theory and practice of reviewing the arts for newspapers. Students write reviews of plays, movies, television programmes, musical and dance events.
CMS 203 EDITING & GRAPHICS OF COMMUNICATION
Students are taught how to write and edit copy in a style appropriate to the news media. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of articles and photographs in photo editing for newspaper publications, online and multimedia. Editing symbols and news proofreader’s symbols will be used in this course.
CMS 204 THEORIES OF COMMUNICATION
Exploration and analysis of major theories that deal with the nature, uses and effects of media and communication; the relationship between theory and research and the relevance of the latter to the success of the former are discussed.
CMS 205 FOUNDATIONS OF COMMUNICATION RESEARCH
The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the logic and methods of research in communication. Principles of research design, instrumentation, data collection and analysis are taught to enable students apply them effectively.
CMS 206 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS II
The nature of statistical methods. The role and significance of statistics in Social Research; Frequency distribution; Measures of Central Tendency – Mean, Mode, Median; Measures of dispersion – Range, Variance, Standard Deviation; Elementary Probability Theory; Binomial, Normal and Poisson Distributions. Tests of Hypotheses; small sample tests – t – test, x2 – test and F – test; Regression analysis; Analysis of Variance; Time series analysis; Index numbers; Sources of Statistical Data in Nigeria.
CMS 207 NIGERIAN CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
A chronological and critical survey of the development of the Nigerian Constitution from colonial times to the present; the developmental processes and features of the Richards Constitution, the McPherson Constitution, the Littleton Constitution, the Independence Constitution, The Republican Constitution, and the 1979 Constitution are all highlighted.
CMS 209: MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERACY
This course empowers students to learn, and to pursue lifelong learning. It aims at educating students to become media and information literate, to be informed and rational citizens. The course also equips students with competencies needed to seek and enjoy the full benefits of media exposure. It embodies essential knowledge about (a) the functions of media, libraries, archives and other information providers in democratic societies, (b) the conditions under which news media and information providers can effectively perform those functions, and (c) how to evaluate the performances of these functions by assessing the content and services they offer.
CMS 211 & CMS 304 MEDIA ATTACHMENT
This is a compulsory course for all Students, who are sent to relevant organizations for practical experience. It is a supervised activity and students must supply a weekly log-book and portfolio for all work carried out during the period of internship, the least should be 12 weeks in each of the two sessions.
BRC 201 INTRODUCTION TO BROADCASTING
The course will provide an overview of the physical, technical and societal bases of radio and television broadcasting and relate the laws of nature that make broadcasting possible, as well as the scientists who exploited them; describes the individual items or equipment used in radio and television and surveys the diverse environment of broadcasting stations and networks.
BRC 202 WRITING FOR RADIO, TELEVISION & THE INTERNET
Overview of the principles of effective writing in broadcasting and webcasting; Analysis of the major genres in broadcast and webcast content; Emphasis on the development of proficiency in grammar and the use of language; Intensive instruction and practice in styles of writing of diverse forms of broadcast and webcast media content.
BRC 203 BROADCAST JOURNALISM I
Overview of the professional concepts, roles, qualities and practices in broadcast journalism; Analysis of news and editorial functions of broadcast journalism and examination of the equipment, messages, styles and processes of broadcast journalism.
BRC 204 RADIO & TELEVISION PRODUCTION I
Explanation of the elements and activities of the radio and television programme production processes, including pre-production, production and post-production activities; Instruction and practice of the writing process, with special attention given to the nature of radio, television and their audiences;Practice in the writing of diverse radio and television programmes and commercials.
BRC 205 ANNOUNCING & PERFORMANCE
Consideration of fundamentals of voicing and the nature of speech. Examination of performance types, including the announcer, the actor, the jockey, the reporter, the interviewer, the moderator, and the narrator. Review of performance techniques with regard to the microphones and the camera, as well as with regard to the performance types.
BRC 206 BROADCAST STUDIO OPERATIONS
Systematic analysis of radio and television studio and control room principles, technologies and disciplines; Review of the nature of sound and light as they relate to studio production values; Practical exercise in studio set-up, standard operation procedures, use of studio facilities and studio etiquette.
BRC 207 ENGLISH FOR BROADCASTERS
Students learn sentence structures, correct/standard usage, punctuation, paragraphing, note-taking and recording; in addition, students learn how to read and interpret a given passage, write a good technical report, and appreciate literary works. Students are expected to develop skills in the writing of different types of prose, qualities of good style, and how to appraise prose.
CMS 301 INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION
This course is an overview of the world’s media systems. The focus will be on the flow of information between the industrialized and advancing nations; how ideology, culture, economy and international market structure have all contributed either in hindering or advancing the international flow of news and entertainment among nations. The scope, characteristics, peculiarities and current issues in international communication will be exhaustively treated so as to acquaint the student with a thorough knowledge of the politics and manipulative nature of international communication.
CMS 302 COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
Examination of the media of communication as social institutions with particular attention to pertinent sociological concepts, themes and problems; the role and relationship of the mass media vis-à-vis other major social institutions. Focus on the sociology and professionalism of media communicators, media contents and the issue of cultural imperialism and media dependency; internal dynamics and control of media organizations and mass communication politics. The role of communication in development is critically examined.
CMS 303 GENDER & COMMUNICATION
Gender issues are critical to development. Accordingly, the course examines the ways in which gender relations are impacted by culture, conventions, policies, communication and media as well as other dynamics in society.
CMS 304 MEDIA ATTACHMENT
This is a compulsory course for all Students, who are sent to relevant organizations for practical experience. It is a supervised activity and students must supply a weekly log-book and portfolio for all work carried out during the period of internship, the least should be 12 weeks.
BRC 301 BROADCAST MANAGEMENT
Analysis of the principles, structures, and processes of management and organisation, generally and with particular reference to types of broadcasting stations, broadcasting networks and their environments. planning, organization and coordination of broadcast operations, focus on the rationale for managing radio and television stations, the tools for broadcast management and the concerns of licensing, frequencies, resources, structure and approaches in broadcast management; Challenges of management and the impacts on the environment on broadcast operations. Case studies of selected broadcasting organisations.
BRC 302 BROADCAST JOURNALISM II
Appraisal of the reportorial process in broadcast journalism, including sources and elements of news, the process of gathering, writing, editing and presenting the content of newscasts. Examination of broadcast news copy and the guidelines for its preparation. Production of newscasts for transmission on campus broadcast channels.
BRC 303 PUBLIC AFFAIRS BROADCASTING
Critical examination of the structure, internal dynamics and functions of the News and current/public affairs division of broadcasting organisations. Interpretative reporting of government and public institutions and agencies and production of current/public affairs discussions, news magazines and documentaries.
BRC 304 EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING
Assessment of the educational potentials and limitations of radio and television. Survey of major educational broadcasting systems; Evaluation of pedagogic approaches and production techniques; radio forums and clubs. Planning and production of educational programmes; production of supplementary materials and teaching aids.
BRC 305 BROADCAST, CABLE & WEB PROGRAMMING
Appraisal of the concepts, principles, strategies, considerations and practices of programming for the broadcast, cable and web media; Critical study of programming practices and programme schedules of selected media organisations; Participation in the development and management of programming practices and programme schedules of campus broadcast, cable and/or web programme services.
BRC 306 RADIO & TELEVISION PRODUCTION II
Comprehensive analysis of the production process in radio and television; Intense exercises in the design, production and evaluation of radio and television programmes and commercials for campus radio and television services.
BRC 307 DIGITAL POSTPRODUCTION
This course deals with digital postproduction software packages, working with timelines, continuity and complexity editing. It also examines screen space visualization, time and motion, meaning and types of animation (2D & 3D animation), computer animation, combining computer animation and live action, working and synchronizing sound, outputting edited work.
BRC 308 BROADCAST COMMENTARY & CRITICAL WRITING
Examination of the opinion function of journalism and types of commentary programmes, with particular attention to the editorial and emphasis on the application of principles derived from research in persuasive communication and attitude change. Distinction between commentary and critical writing; types of criticism and art review for radio and television.
BRC 309 SPORTS BROADCASTING
Overview of the Nigerian and international heritage in sports broadcasting: great programmes, great theme channels/stations, great sports broadcasters; Instruction and practice in reporting, writing and presenting sports events and industries using the broadcast media; Technical and professional considerations in the live coverage of sports events.
BRC 310 TRENDS & ISSUES IN BROADCASTING
Survey of critical, perennial and contemporary matters that generate controversy in broadcasting, such as sex, violence, regulation, religious content, political content, cultural domination, etc. In-depth study of one or two issues, with particular reference to Nigerian Broadcasting. Review of research studies pertaining to the issues and consideration of the role of research in broadcasting.
CMS 401 MEDIA LAW
Study of the legal framework within which mass media institutions operate in Nigeria; the development and constitutional growth of freedom of expression in Nigeria, the privileges and restraints affecting the mass media, such as libel, sedition, privacy, contempt, obscenity, copyright, etc. and government regulation.
CMS 402 MEDIA ETHICS
Ethical and moral standards applicable to the media and communication professionals; ethical responsibilities of individuals, groups, and organizations engaged in message construction, transmission or consumption, particularly in the field of news and public affairs, entertainment and persuasion.
CMS 403 DATA ANALYSIS IN COMMUNICATION RESEARCH
Students are introduced to data analysis techniques, particularly the use of tables, graphs and other statistical techniques and procedures. They are taught how to present and interpret data, using these techniques.
CMS 404 SAFETY OF MEDIA PROFESSIONALS
In today’s environment of violent conflicts, international organized crime, and government impunity, the safety of journalists and media professionals has become of prime concern. This course analyses the issues and challenges involved in safeguarding the lives of journalists whose work put them in harm’s way. Institutional and other remedies are considered and debated.
CMS 405 MEDIA ECONOMICS AND SUSTAINABILITY
Critical issues have arisen over the last few decades on sustainability of the media in the face of a rapidly changing economy and importantly changing media technology. This course will examine principally emerging media occasioned by contemporary realities.
CMS 406 COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT
This is an introductory study of the role of communication in the development process. The role of the media in relation to interpersonal networks, including the multi-media approach to communication in the development process is emphasized, along with the dynamics of development and communication variables that influence development.
CMS 499 ORIGINAL RESEARCH PROJECT I & II
Each student is required to select, in consultation with the supervisor, a topic/problem and study this in detail, apply necessary theories/concepts and appropriate methods. Students initiate and execute a project following the steps in the research process, or do a professional production in one of the following areas: journalism, advertising, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, film or multimedia. However, each candidate is advised to orient his/her research project in a relevant area of specialization in Communication and Media Studies. Original Research Project I focuses on at least the first three chapters of the final research project. In Original research project II, the final research project is expected to be submitted to the Department for assessment by Internal and External examiners. The project may also be defended before a panel of examiners.
BRC 401 COMPARATIVE BROADCASTING SYSTEMS
Comparative analysis of national systems of broadcasting world wide in terms of types of ownership, control, programming, purposes and effects or impact. Consideration of international organisation dealing with technical facilities and those dealing with programmes. Examination of the purposes and impact of external broadcast stations.
BRC 402 DIGITIZATION & THE BROADCAST INDUSTRY
The course will examine the origin and role of the international telecommunication union (ITU) and the challenges of switching from analogue to digital broadcasting. It will analyze the imperatives, challenges, advantages, prospects and impact of digitization on the broadcasting industry.
BRC 403 BROADCAST REGULATION
Study of the concepts, purposes, challenges and politics of broadcast regulation; Critical examination of the frameworks, technologies and agencies of broadcast regulation in Nigeria; Issues in broadcast regulation.
BRC 404 AUDIENCE RESEARCH
Need for and uses of audience research in broadcasting; types, methods and procedures of audience research; Challenges and limitations of audience research; Producing and disseminating audience research reports; Analysis of relevant audience research reports; Practicum in audience research.
BRC 405 COMMUNITY BROADCASTING
Analysis of (rural and urban) community needs and problems with regard to the role of power of radio and television. Planning of community development projects for implementation through community radio, television and webcasting.
BRC 406 INTERNET BROADCASTING
This course will expose students to the dynamics of internet broadcasting with specific and general reckoning to audience, ownership and use. The course will also appraise Web 2.0 including social networking sites/social media such as face book; twitter, LinkedIn, etc. and their impact on news gathering and reportage, peddling of harmful information, citizenship power; connectivity and access.
BRC 407 BROADCASTING & POPULAR CULTURE
Critical review of the major concepts and theories of popular culture; Analysis of broadcasting as an instance or aspect of popular culture; Appraisal of the implications of the broadcasting/popular culture nexus for the production, distribution, consumption and regulation of broadcasting in Nigeria.
(Source: DRAFT PROPOSAL OF A REVISED BMAS FOR UNDERGRAGRADUATE PROGRAMMES IN COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES SUBMITTED TO THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES COMMISSION (NUC), ABUJA)