Media Production: Introduction to Radio

Course code CMNS2400Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Design, Communication and IT

In this course students will be introduced to the skills and technologies of local, network and online radio production and programming. They will examine the history of radio in Australia, analyse radio as a culture industry, investigate radio programming and production as well as copywriting and the production of advertisements. In doing so they will also seek to understand audience research within the framework of contemporary radio formats. In this process they will gain an understanding of general programming and magazine formats.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this Compulsory Course Component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will:
1. be introduced to the communicative practices, skills and technologies of radio production;

2. have developed an understanding of the professional career paths in local, network and online radio;

3. be introduced to the skills required for making content for radio programs;

4. have developed an understanding of radio production and programming as they apply to general programming, magazine formats, radio plays, features and documentaries and been allowed to become competent in programming and live broadcast as it applies to the radio industry.
Content1. History of Radio in Australia.
2. Radio industry career paths e.g. Roles and functions of Program Director, Music Director, Creative Director, News Director, Sales Director.
3. Use of sound to construct narrative information for radio.
4. Radio genres - general programming and magazine formats
5. Copywriting for radio commercials.
6. Audience research.
7. Programming - formats, demographics and software use.
8. Production for commercials, spots and stings.
9. Radio announcing.
10. Use of digital workstations and streaming.
TransitionStudents who have passed CMNS2150 Media Production: Radio prior to 2009 cannot count CMNS2400 for credit.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCMNS1230 Foundations of Media Production. From 2010 CMNS1130 Media Production: Sound Production will also be assumed knowledge for CMNS2400.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction (equipment usage).
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CMNS2400