University of Malta
 

Bachelor of Communications (Honours)
UOM Main Page
 
 
 
Newspoint
eSIMS Login


Legal Notice 280 of 2012 - ­ Malta Government Gazette No.18,960 - ­ 28 August 2012
Amended by:
Legal Notice 368 of 2013 – Malta Government Gazette No. 19,163 – 8 November 2013


EDUCATION ACT (CAP. 327)

Bye-Laws of 2012 in terms of the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004 for the Degrees of Bachelor of Communications (Honours) - B. Comms (Hons) - and Bachelor of Communications - B. Comms - under the auspices of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred upon him by articles 74(5) and 75(6) of the Education Act (Cap. 327), the Chancellor of the University of Malta has promulgated the following bye-laws made by the Board of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences in virtue of the powers conferred upon it by section 81 (1) of the said Act and which have been approved by the Senate of the University of Malta as required by section 81 (2) of the said Act:

Citation and Interpretation

1. (1) These bye-laws may be cited as the Bye-Laws of 2012 in terms of the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004 for the Degrees of Bachelor of Communications (Honours) - B. Comms (Hons) - and Bachelor of Communications - B.Comms - under the auspices of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences.

(2) In these bye-laws, unless the context otherwise requires -

"the Board" means the Board of the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences;

"the Course" means the programme of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Communications (Honours) - B. Comms (Hons) - or to the degree of Bachelor of Communications - B. Comms - as appropriate;

"the Degree" means the degree of Bachelor of Communications (Honours) - B. Comms (Hons) - or the degree of Bachelor of Communications - B.Comms - as appropriate;

"the Faculty" means the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences; and

"the Principal Regulations" means the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004.

Applicability

2. These bye-laws shall be applicable for courses commencing in October 2011 or later.

Areas of Study

3. (1) The degree of B. Comms (Hons) may be awarded under the auspices of the Faculty as the Honours Main area of study together with another area of study taken as an Ordinary Main area of study.

(2) The degree of B. Comms may be awarded under the auspices of the Faculty as the Ordinary Main area of study together with a second Ordinary Main area of study.

(3) The Board shall announce the list of areas of study that may be taken with Communications in the Degree before the commencement of the Course.

Special Course Requirements for Admission

4. To be registered as regular students in the Course, applicants shall, apart from satisfying the general requirements for admission as specified in the Admission Regulations, be in possession of:

(a) those qualifications relevant to their chosen second Ordinary Main area of study as indicated in the bye-laws for the degree in the area of study offered under the auspices of the academic entity responsible for the discipline; and

(b) a pass at Intermediate Matriculation Level in English, or its equivalent.

Course Duration

5. (1) The Course for the degree of B.Comms (Hons) shall extend over a period of four academic years of full-time study.

(2) The Course for the degree of B.Comms shall extend over a period of three academic years of full-time study.

Programme of Study

6. Applicants shall be required to register initially for the B.Comms course and shall be required to indicate their choice of a second Ordinary Main area of study to be taken with Communications at the time of applying for admission.

7. The Course shall consist of two parts.

8. (1) Part One shall comprise the first two years of the Course and shall be common both to the course leading to the B.Comms (Hons) and to the course leading to the B.Comms and shall comprise:

(a) 64 credits in Communications as indicated in the Communications programme of study;

(b) 52 credits in the second Ordinary Main area of study as indicated in the programme of study for that area; and

(c) 4 credits for optional study-units approved by the Board.

(2) At the end of Part One of the Course students who have obtained an average mark of:

(a) 65% or better in the Communications area of study (excluding the supporting subjects indicated in the Communications programme of study); and

(b) 60% or better in all the study-units of Part One, become eligible to register for the course leading to the B.Comms (Hons).

(3) Students who have completed successfully both years of Part One, but have not achieved the required 65% threshold to be considered eligible to proceed to the Bachelor of Communications (Honours) course as required by paragraph (2) of bye-law 8 may opt, with the permission of the Board, to repeat the programme for the Communications area of study for a specific year, during an additional year of studies.  Following successful completion of the studies in accordance with the requirements of paragraph (2) of bye-law 8 , students shall be eligible for progression to the Honours programme.  This provision may be availed of once only during the Course.

(4) Students shall normally be required to proceed immediately from Part One to Part Two of the Course, but, at any rate, students shall not be admitted to Part Two if more than one year has elapsed from the completion of Part One, without the permission of Senate on the recommendation of the Board.

9. (1) Part Two shall comprise the third year of the course leading to the B.Comms degree or the third and fourth years of the course leading to the B.Comms (Hons) degree.

(2) Part Two of the B.Comms (Hons) course comprises:

(a) 86 credits in Communications;
(b) 22 credits in the Ordinary Main area of study chosen in Part One; and
(c) 12 credits for optional study-units approved by the Board.

(3) Part Two of the B.Comms course comprises:

(a) 32 credits in Communications;
(b) 22 credits in the second Ordinary Main area of study chosen in Part One;
and
(c) 6 credits for optional study-units approved by the Board.

10. (1) Students for the B.Comms (Hons) degree shall be required to register and obtain credits for study-units to which a total of not less than 240 credits are assigned, of which not less than 150 credits shall be obtained from the Communications programme of study and not less than 74 credits from the programme of study of the second Ordinary Main area of study.

(2) Students for the B.Comms degree shall be required to register and obtain credits for study-units to which a total of not less than 180 credits are assigned, of which not less than 96 credits shall be obtained from the Communications programme of study and not less than 74 credits from the programme of study of the second Ordinary Main area of study.

11. (1) The Board shall publish the programmes of study for Communications as an Ordinary Main area of study and as an Honours Main area of study, drawn up in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Principal Regulations, and approved by Senate. Subject to changes that the Board may, with the approval of Senate, be constrained to make, students are bound to follow the study-units and obtain the credits as indicated in the programme of study they are following for the Degree.

(2) The programmes of study for the Ordinary Main areas of study that may be taken together with Communications in the Course shall similarly be published by the Board of the academic entities responsible for the disciplines.

Classification of the Awards

12. The overall evaluation of the students for the Degree shall take into account their performance in the study-units (including the synoptic study-units) in Communications, the study-units in the second Ordinary Main area of study and, in the case of the Honours degree, in the dissertation.

13. (1) In the B.Comms (Hons) course, the weighting of the final results shall be as follows:

Third Year Average Mark - 40%
Fourth Year Average Mark - 60%.

The Fourth Year Average Mark shall be weighted as follows: 70% allotted to the dissertation, the synoptic study-units and the end-of-course projects (36 credits), while 30% is allotted to the credits obtained in the other study-units followed during that year (24 credits).

(2) In the B.Comms course, the weighting of the final results shall be as follows:

First Year Average Mark - 25%
Second Year Average Mark - 25%
Third Year Average Mark of the synoptic study-units - 25%
Third Year Average Mark of the other study-units - 25%.

Repeal

14. The Bye-Laws of 2005 for the degrees of Bachelor of Communications (Honours) ­ B.Comms (Hons) ­ and Bachelor of Communications ­ B.Comms - under the auspices of the Centre for Communication Technology, published as Legal Notice 10 of 2005, shall be deemed to cease to be in force as from 1 October 2011, provided that students registered for this Course before October 2011 shall continue to be governed by the regulations that were in force at the time of their joining the course.

Calendar
 
 
Last Updated: 21 November 2013

Log In back to UoM Homepage