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MMS3026 Advanced Radio and Audio Production

Semester 1, 2015 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Arts and Communication

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Examiner: Ashley Jones
Moderator: John Hetherington


This course is developed to give a student a comprehensive understanding of how a radio station works in day to day practice. It is developed to expose students to the 'behind the scenes' operation of a radio station and the laws and regulations associated with it. In addition, students will explore the methods and technology used to produce radio commercials, recording of live performers and the use of voice. The course aims to round off the second year courses in radio and audio production so that students can confidently and competently move to working in a radio station.


This course develops skills and knowledge around advance radio and audio production practice. It builds on previous radio and audio courses to operate at an advanced level of interaction and professional practice. It will combine theoretical and practical understanding of radio and broader audio production. Students will take on a more direct role with the day to day operation of the radio station and studio production.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify and successfully program the broadcast radio station with a working knowledge of the internal structure of the broadcast software
  2. use their voice or be able to direct other talent in how to gain, through direction, the interpretation of the script
  3. use and comprehend the value, operational features and uses of new media tools
  4. operate the studio B production facility by recording voice, bands, and other performers
  5. develop radio programming content through research, interaction with community groups and create interesting program pieces ready for broadcast in a timely manner
  6. be able to bring management and production skills to the delivery of the university radio station.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Cultural engagement 20.00
2. Radio voice over 20.00
3. Current Affairs and talk radio 20.00
4. Digital content 20.00
5. Introduction to radio management and programming 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Ahern, S 2011, Making radio: a practical guide to working in radio in the digital age, Allen Unwin, Crows Nest, NSW.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 60.00
Lectures 13.00
Private Study 66.00
Tutorials or Workshops 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PRODUCTION PROJECT A 100 30 15 May 2015
PRODUCTION PROJECT B 100 30 12 Jun 2015
STATION OPERATIONS 100 20 12 Jun 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

    External and Online:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students? responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.