Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Synoptic - Theory

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Media and Communications

DESCRIPTION This take-home examination will provide the possibility for students to re-visit the material previously covered in the Communications component of the Bachelor of Arts course. It offers the students the opportunity to look back at their learning and re-visit it with application and synthesis. It addresses those areas of communications that are of essential importance to students to engage in. This exam provides a synoptically oriented closure to the communications component of the course.

The areas covered by the final year students will be brought together in a number of bands. Each band will contain areas that relate to each other. These bands will provide the sections for the exam. From three of these sections the students will choose one question each, to be answered in circa 1,000 words. During synoptic sessions, students are trained to have a holistic view of the material cogered in the Communications component, replying to questions in as synoptic a manner as possible.

Study-unit Aims:

The main aim of the study-unit is to enable Bachelor of Arts students who have Communications as an area of study to gain a consolidative understanding of the topics chosen and to reflect on these areas in an academic, professional and personal way.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Have an understanding of the main topics in communications, which they will explore from different perspectives;
- Have an understanding of how different aspects of communications contribute to the understanding of different issues in society;
- Be able to formulate a critical opinion that is based on current literature on issues in media and communications.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify ways how they can apply their knowledge of communications to understand and participate in societal issues;
- Shift from passive engagement with subjects they are taught to a more critical and active stance. They will combine the teaching they have received throughout their course and apply it to problem solving in everyday life.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

The texts set during the individual units that will be re-visited by the students during the training sessions and the exam itself.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Synoptic Study-Unit

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination SEM2 Yes 100%


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