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Bachelor of Arts with Honours Media, Communication, Cultures, Level 4, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Media, Communication, Cultures
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Welcome to the Course

Welcome to BA (Hons) Media, Communication, Cultures. I hope that you enjoy your studies here in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University. This Online Course Handbook provides you with all the formal information about your course and it is a good point of contact if ever you are unsure about anything regarding the course. Other than this handbook, you can always seek clarification from your class tutors, your personal Academic Advisor, or myself, if ever you have a question related to the course. In addition, you can gain further support from our Subject Librarians, Study Skills Tutors and Course Administrators.

You will be taught be a friendly, expert teaching team who will help and guide you. All the class content, and more, will be uploaded to our virtual learning environment, MyBeckett. It is important that you familiarise yourself and regularly use MyBeckett as it is home to all sorts of important information such as your University timetable. In addition, it is essential that you also get into the habit of using and checking your university email account as this is where we send key emails regarding modules, assessments, and employability opportunities (see ‘Attendance Statement’). But, don’t worry too much about this as we will explain everything to you in induction week while your Academic Advisors and module tutors will play a key role in ensuring you are fully aware in how everything works, etc. But, if you ever have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to email or call me (my contact details are listed under ‘Key Contacts’).

While you’re studying with us, it should be exciting, challenging and – most of all – an important learning experience that will change the way you think about media and cultural industries. You will develop key skills, learn new things, and tailor your learning as you progress. I am very pleased that you have chosen to study with us and on behalf of our University and the whole course team I would like to wish you well in your studies. Have a brilliant time in fulfilling your potential.

Kind regards,

Dr Daniel Kilvington
Course Director/Senior Lecturer in Media, Communication, Cultures.

Whether you are joining us for the first time, or returning for the next level of your course, we welcome you at the start of what we are sure will be a stimulating, challenging and rewarding year of study with us.

Our aim is to provide all our students with a research- informed, innovative and relevant curriculum that informs understandings of the world we live in. Our courses are highly valued by employers, and our approach to student learning and support places you at the heart of everything we do. In addition to offering a diverse range of teaching approaches and a variety of different methods of assessment, we attach the greatest importance to providing you with constructive feedback on your work so you can develop your future learning.

Our learning environment is student-centred, and we value your opinions. We want to know about the things you enjoy and think we do well, and also to hear about ways in which you believe we can improve your experience with us. You can share your views with us through course representatives, evaluation of modules, or constructive comments to staff. Whichever route you choose, we are always interested in what you have to say.

Staff across the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities will provide you with all the support we can to help you succeed on your chosen course, and we look forward to working with you as you achieve your academic ambitions. I hope you have an enjoyable and rewarding year.

Professor Andrew Cooper

Professor Andrew Cooper, Dean of School

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I’m really looking forward to meeting you (virtually!) and wish you the best! See you around.

Sherry Iqbal, Education Officer, LBSU

Introduction

This Handbook contains important information about Leeds Beckett University’s planned approach to course delivery and assessment in 2020/21. You should read this web page carefully so that you are aware of any changes that affect your course.  

The University is informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff. We are engaging closely with Leeds Beckett Students’ Union to inform the arrangements and will also be informed by feedback provided by our individual students. 

Government and Public Health England advice and guidance continues to evolve, so the arrangements for delivery of your course and use of the campus may need to change during the academic year to continue to protect students and staff.

The taught content advertised at each level of study, or its equivalent, will be delivered across the academic year 2020/21.  We have identified an appropriate mix of blended learning – a mix of face-to-face, on-campus, online and digital content and teaching and learning for each subject, reflecting what will maximise learning as well as supporting more vulnerable learners and enabling the university as a whole to minimise transmission risk.

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be implemented during 2020/21 for teaching, learning, assessment and student support.  

In the event of further government lockdowns, either local or national, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. 

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice. We may revert to different proportions of on-campus learning and online learning delivery later in the academic calendar year or a later teaching block.  Learning will remain accessible for students who are unable to attend on campus sessions. 

How we will communicate with you

We have sent information to new and continuing students on the plans for delivery of your course in 2020/21, the academic calendar (teaching block delivery or alternative) applicable for your course and the options available to you, to enable you to make informed choices. 

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you in emails and on the University’s Covid-19 microsite

In addition to the course specific information set out in this Handbook and the above communications, the University’s Covid-19 microsite contains information for students and applicants, including information relating to University accommodation and University facilities and services.  The Covid-19 microsite is regularly reviewed and updated as the situation, advice and planning evolve.

Key terms and conditions

Further important information for applicants and students is available on our Information for Applicants and Students website. This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.  It is essential that you read the information on this webpage carefully as it sets out the rights and obligations that form the contract between you and the University and information about how to make a complaint.

Location of delivery

In academic year 2020/21, it is planned that your course will be delivered via a blend of online and digital learning and on-campus teaching and learning, with the necessary Covid-19 social distancing and other measures in place on campus informed by the Government and Public Health England advice and guidance. 

Information on how blended teaching and learning will be delivered and the location of any on-campus delivery is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘Location(s) of Delivery’ and ‘Teaching and Learning Activities’.

Information on the delivery of placements and other off-campus learning opportunities is provided in subsequent sections of this Handbook entitled ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (if applicable to your course), ‘Sandwich Placement Information’.

Course Fees 

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. Other additional costs remain as published on our original Online Prospectus information in addition to the areas of costs outlined below and in the updated 2020/21 Course Specification for your course.

The course will be delivered via a blended approach that includes online teaching and learning, digital learning and on campus sessions.  If a further lockdown is necessary then delivery will be continued and supported via online and digital learning. Students are advised that they will need a personal digital device for this purpose. The University’s wide range of student support services available for students also includes a laptop loans scheme. Students may wish to bring an existing personal device or purchase or lease a laptop or similar device for their personal use which would be an additional cost.  The costs of this would vary depending on your individual requirements but can be in the region of £400-800 depending on the device. 

The University has developed a means-tested Covid-19 Financial Assistance Package to support students to acquire a laptop should this be needed. Students may also apply for a living expenses fund for unexpected personal hardship as a result of the Covid-19 Crisis. 

Students will need to follow the Public Health England advice and any specific national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect themselves and others from the Covid-19 risks. These personal safety measures such as the wearing of face coverings will be an additional cost that students need to consider. 

Where PPE is an essential requirement for the nature of the course you are undertaking this will be detailed below.   

Policies, Standards and Regulations 

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. This means that there will be operational requirements and protocols in place for the way in which your course is delivered and the way in which University activities, facilities, and spaces operate which students and staff will need to follow.   

In the event of further government lockdowns either local or national in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies. We may need to implement approved emergency Covid-19 pandemic academic regulations to take account of the impact of Covid-19 general extenuating circumstances. 

Details of the policies and regulations which are relevant to you are available in the ‘Policies, Standards and Regulations’ section of this Handbook.  

Sandwich Placements, Other Placements and Other Off-Campus Learning Opportunities 

Covid-19 response measures are likely to impact on the arrangements for placements, field trips, volunteering and other off-campus activities. If available, these are likely to operate with appropriate social distancing arrangements.  Employers may reduce the availability of placement or volunteering opportunities due to the impact of Covid-19 on their operations.

The availability or type of placements with employers, study abroad or volunteering opportunities, may be restricted. The University follows the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice and is also informed by any specific in-country international travel restrictions or requirements.  

The University’s current position is that we will not facilitate outward (from UK) international/overseas placements, study abroad or volunteering activity in 2020/21. This is to protect students and minimise the risk of you being stranded abroad in the event of a lockdown and the introduction of national/local travel restrictions. We will only consider international placements for students whose domicile address is in the country of their placement. 

Inward Erasmus study (from other EU countries to the UK under this scheme) will be supported where these align with the teaching blocks academic calendar delivery dates. There may be other national or international travel restrictions or quarantine measures or specific work-place Covid-19 measures that impact on these opportunities.  

Should the Covid-19 response and alert level be amended any activity may also be subject to Covid-19 employer, local or in-country requirements applicable at the time of the placement/activity. We will keep the position under review for teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2, informed by Public Health England and the UK Government‘s Foreign and Commonwealth travel advice.
Students will have access to advice and support from the University careers and employability team during their studies via the online resources and support.

Further information on placements or other off-campus learning opportunities applicable to your course is provided in the ‘In-Year Work Placement Information’ and (where relevant) ‘Sandwich Placement Information’ sections below.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

We will prioritise face-to-face teaching and practical teaching to meet any requirements of relevant professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRB) if your course includes these elements. This will ensure that your course retains its full professional status. 

Where applicable, specific information on applicable professional statutory or regulatory body recognition or requirements for your course is summarised in the ‘Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course’ section below.

Teaching and Learning Activities

The way we will deliver this course and teaching, learning and assessment activities in 2020/21 will be informed by Public Health England advice and guidance on Covid-19 secure requirements and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff. 

You will experience a blended approach to learning for 2020/21; this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus online, and digital content, teaching and learning. 

We are working within the government 2 metre social distancing measures for Teaching Block 1 so we are not planning to deliver large-group teaching on campus throughout 2020/2021. This will ensure that maximum space will be available for small-group teaching.

In most cases, the taught content will also be available online so you can still access it if you are not able to attend campus due to the pandemic (for example, due to self-isolation, shielding or travel restrictions). There will be digital content and recorded lectures available online to support students who may be unable to travel to campus. In some circumstances, other formal taught sessions may also be recorded. 

In the event of a further government lockdown in response to Covid-19, we will prioritise digital and online learning and support to enable students to continue with their studies and study towards achieving any specified professional statutory and regulatory body accreditation requirements where this applies.  

If there is an easing of Covid-19 restrictions, we will continue to provide blended delivery for teaching block 1 or semester 1 in 2020/21. We will keep teaching blocks 2 and 3 or semester 2 under review, informed by Public Health England advice (see Introduction section above).

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from your School. 

Learning Support

Our approach to delivering student support in 2020/21

Given the planned social distancing measures in place on campus for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of services for students and staff, some of the arrangements for student support will be accessible online. 

We are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning and wellbeing support that you need over the forthcoming year. General learning spaces, including access to libraries, will be available to be booked online; and where specialist space is needed, this will either be provided: as normal; created in newly adapted spaces; or replicated as part of an enhanced suite of online resources.

We want to provide a safe environment for students and staff, so on-campus delivery of student support services will be limited. This may mean that campus-based school offices will operate within defined core office hours.  However, full access to advice, learning support and specialist services will be delivered via telephone, email, video calls and online live chat.  The Students' Union will also be implementing social distancing arrangements for student advice services. 

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or theLibrary website which also provides full details of all our services. 

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook. 

Range of Support Services Available

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance.  The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need, directly with their Course Director and if resident in halls, their Residential Life Team.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook. 

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook. 

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided on our University Covid-19 microsite.

Course-specific information

Students study two 20 Credit modules (or equivalent) in each teaching block through a combination of: on-line, interactive tutor-led learning; webinars; and small group, face-to-face learning on campus at City Campus (NB learning materials will be available on-line if it is not possible for students to attend sessions on Campus).

Social distancing and PPE are required to be adhered to in keeping with the government guidelines.

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

An Academic Advisor drawn from the Course Team will be allocated to you at Induction.

Adam Parkin

A.Parkin@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 3591

Course Reps are elected at the start of each academic year. Once elected, an announcement will be made via MyBeckett.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Karen Fisher, Rob O'Brien and Catherine Parkin.

Please contact them at: cshlibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

The Level Lead for levels 4 and 5 is Dr Dan Laughey. Please contact him at: D.Laughey@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

The contact details of other key services, such as the Student Advice Hub, Disability Support, Library, Money, Careers, Students' Union Advice Service and Students' Union Student Voice Team can be found on the Students web page.

Academic and administrative staff at our University use your student email address to contact you. It is important that you check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address, however, quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that your student email address is the only email address that you use to contact University staff. Information on how to access your student email address can be found on the Library Student IT Support page (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/it_support/office365/outlook)

Please make sure that you inform your Course Administration team whenever you change your address and contact details. It is important that you also update your records yourself. You can do this via the My Account/Update my Data tab on MyBeckett. This will ensure we can always contact you in an emergency, and that you receive any important University communications that we may need to send you.

We will inform you of class activities and course notifications, including any cancellations. This will be done in a variety of ways: via text to the mobile phone number on our contact records; email to student email address or via MyBeckett.

For each module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Skype for Business is a communication tool for staff and students:

  • Make calls using audio, video and instant messages across the University community.
  • Create and participate in group online meetings to support project assignments.
  • Available across University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.
  • Fully integrated with the Office 365 suite already used by staff and students.

Further information is available on the Library's Skype for Business web page for students. 

MS Teams is part of the Office 365 suite used by staff and students for communication and collaboration: 

  • Access via MyBeckett on University devices and personal mobiles via a free downloadable app.  
  • Participate in online meetings and video conferencing in groups or one-to-one.  
  • Work on shared content, ideas, projects and online learning.  

Further information is available on the Library's MS Teams FAQ web page.

Your Course Team will advise how Skype for Business will be used on your course and make guidance available as required.

Timetable Information

This course will be scheduled using a teaching block or semester-based delivery. The 2020/21 academic calendar and term dates are available on our Academic Calendars web page.

Taught sessions will normally be scheduled and included in your timetable. This will include on-campus sessions that you should attend. In 2020/21, depending on your course, this may also include scheduled online teaching and learning sessions where student engagement is required at a specified time and tutor pre-recorded lectures and scheduled discussion sessions. Module information will be made available online by the school for enrolled students.

Timetables will be made available to students during induction week via:
1. The Student Portal (MyBeckett)
2. The Leeds Beckett app

You should discuss any difficulties relating to your engagement with timetabled sessions with your Course Administrator.

The School Forums, where students raise feedback on their academic experience, are scheduled into all students’ timetables. Any student can attend but only Course Reps are expected to be in attendance.

Course Overview

The aims of the programme are to:

  • provide students with a thorough grounding in the theories, methods and approaches to media, communication and cultural forms both locally and globally;
  • provide students with the critical, intellectual, evaluative and research skills to analyse both historical and contemporary media, communication and cultures;
  • provide students with the ability to critically interpret how cultures are shared, experienced and disseminated;
  • enable students to understand the dynamic contexts of media, communication and cultures and to produce creative responses in a range of public and professional contexts.
  • provide students with the attributes and key transferable skills relevant to equip them for professional careers or further study: independent research, analysis, digital literacy, networking capacities, creativity, enterprise/practice and oral and written communication.

The course offers a broad-based foundation in media, communication and cultural studies with content that includes increasing levels of specialisation as students move through the programme. Modules focus on a range of media contexts and forms including: television, film, internet and digital media, popular music, radio. While the programme is mandatory at Level 4 and the first term of Level 5, we support students to specialise at particular moments of the programme around their particular interests, for example in the second and third term of Level 5 where optionality is first introduced, in ‘Media Professionals’ Workshop’ or ‘Applied Humanities’, in ‘Youth, Crime, Culture’ or ‘Comedy, Media and Diversity, in the Level 6 Media Dissertation, and in their elective module choices at Level 6. Throughout our students develop skills in independent research, communication and digital literacy.


At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1

Demonstrate critical awareness of media and cultural contexts, practice and forms locally and globally.

2

Demonstrate a critical understanding of how cultures are created, shared, experienced and disseminated.

3

Understand the dynamic contexts of media, communication, cultures and produce creative responses to such shifts in a range of public and professional contexts.

4

Demonstrate skills in critical reflection, research and analysis as applied to media, communication and cultures.

5

Work independently and collaboratively in groups and with individuals from a range of settings to present, problem-solve and synthesise material related to media, communication, cultures.


Level

No.

Learning Outcome

4

1

Explain media and cultural contexts, practice and forms locally and globally.

2

Understand how cultures are created, shared, experienced and disseminated.

3

Identify the dynamic contexts of media, communication, cultures and produce creative response to such shifts in a range of public and professionals contexts.

4

Understand critical reflection, research and analysis as applied to media, communication and cultures.

5

Operate independently and collaboratively in groups to present and problem-solve material related to media, communication and cultures.

5

1

Demonstrate practical awareness of media and cultural contexts, practices and forms locally and globally.

2

Demonstrate a critical understanding of how cultures are created, shared, experienced and disseminated.

3

Understand the dynamic contexts of media, communication, cultures and produce creative response to such shifts in a range of public and professional contexts.

4

Apply skills of critical reflection, research and analysis as applied to media, communication and cultures.

5

Work independently and collaboratively in groups and with individuals from a range of settings to present and problem-solve material related to media, communication and cultures.

6

1

Demonstrate critical awareness of media and cultural contexts, practice and forms locally and globally.

2

Demonstrate a critical understanding of how cultures are created, shared, experienced and disseminated.

3

Understand the dynamic contexts of media, communication, cultures and produce creative responses to such shifts in a range of public and professional contexts.

4

Demonstrate skills in critical reflection, research and analysis as applied to media, communication, cultures.

5

Work independently and collaboratively in groups and with individuals from a range of settings to present, problem-solve and synthesise material related to media, communication and cultures.


Assessment & Feedback

Level 4 is assessed by coursework predominantly.
Level 5 is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some practical assessments.
Level 6 is assessed by coursework predominantly, with some examinations.

Modules may have more than one component of assessment.

Please note the exam/assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Further details of your schedule of examinations can be found on your timetable once the examination schedule is released. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found on MyBeckett, on course noticeboards or in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Disabled students requiring adjustments to assessments and/or examinations should contact Disability Advice at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements. In order for adjustments to be identified and implemented in a timely fashion we urge all students to register with us as soon as possible, as we cannot provide adjustments at short notice.

For further information visit Disability Advice or email us at disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or call us on 0113 812 5831. Please also see Disability Advice on the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett for further information.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3 of the Academic Regulations at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/public-information/academic-regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available here: http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mybeckett/turnitin

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive feedback on your assessments. Some modules might require the completion of certain formative tasks where feedback will be provided (this won’t contribute towards your final module mark). This feedback might be provided to you in class, a tutorial or on MyBeckett. All modules contain summative feedback though, which is feedback on your assessed work which of course contributes towards your overall module mark, and degree classification. Likewise, this feedback will be provided in a variety of ways but mostly will be provided in written or oral format via Turnitin.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study (e.g., from Level 4 to Level 5 of an undergraduate degree) or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online.htm.

Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided).

If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator.

The University recognises that, from time to time, students may encounter issues which may prevent them from being able to submit or take assessment. Where this is the case, students may be able to submit their 'extenuating circumstances' for consideration. Please see the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances web page for further information.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director, Course Administrator or Academic Advisor for any necessary clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

The course is delivered through a varied range of learning and teaching activities that build students’ knowledge, understanding and skills across modules and levels of study, increasing academic confidence and independence. Students are supported in their learning across the course by a named Academic Advisor, who acts as a first point of contact for questions and problems.

Teaching is delivered in three blocks of 10 weeks (8 weeks of teaching, and 2 weeks of assessments). Students study two 20 Credit modules (or equivalent) in each teaching block through a combination of: on-line, interactive tutor-led learning; webinars; and small group, face-to-face learning on campus at City Campus (NB learning materials will be available on-line if it is not possible for students to attend sessions on Campus). Students are also expected to do independent reading, research and preparation related to the modules they are studying.

Students are provided with guidance on the best ways to engage with all modes of teaching and learning, along with support to assist acquisition of academic knowledge and associated development of high-level skills. Engagement with each module studied during the three teaching blocks is expected, and students will encounter varied forms of assessment that are designed to demonstrate their academic progress.

This information is correct for students progressing through the programme within standard timescales. Students who are required to undertake repeat study may be taught alternate modules which meet the overall course learning outcomes. Details of module delivery will be provided in your timetable.

Level 4

Teaching Block 1

Core (Y/N)

Interpreting New Media

Y

Cultural Studies

Y

Teaching Block 2

Core (Y/N)

Media Interactions

Y

Cinematic Identities: Gender, Class & Race

Y

Teaching Block 3

Core (Y/N)

BBC Radio: Cultural Talk, Public Purposes

Y

Researching Television

Y


Level 5 Core Modules (2021/22 for FT students and 2022/23 and 2023/24 for standard PT students)
Media: Past & Present, Where & When
Media Theory
Popular Music & the Moving Image
Researching Media & Culture

Indicative Level 5 Option Modules (delivery years as per Level 5 core modules above)
The following option modules are indicative of a typical year. There may be some variance in the availability of option modules. Students take two of:

Comedy, Media, Diversity
Youth, Crime, Culture
Media Professionals' Workshop
Applied Humanities: Live Brief Learning

Level 6 Core Module (2022/23 for FT students and 2024/25 and 2025/26 for standard PT students)
Media Dissertation

Indicative Level 6 Option Modules (delivery years as per Level 6 core modules above)
The following option modules are indicative of a typical year. There may be some variance in the availability of option modules.

New Media Geographies
Genre Bending, Genre Blending
Race, Culture and Media
Sports Media
Popular Music, Dissenting Cultures
Lifestyle, Media, Identity
Media Celebrity & Film Stardom
Digital and Media Cultures
Challenging Gaming Culture
‘Career Cartographies’: work-integrated learning in Humanities

A standard module equates to 200 notional learning hours, which may be comprised of teaching, learning and assessment and independent study.

Applicable to Level 4 2020/21:

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

216 hours

302 hours

210 hours

Independent Study

984 hours

954 hours

1046 hours

Placement

-

-

-

Applicable to Levels 5 2020/21:

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

276 hours

216 hours

210 hours

Independent Study

980 hours

984 hours

1046 hours

Placement

-

-

-

Applicable to Level 6 2020/21

Overall Workload

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

276 hours

302 hours

156 hours

Independent Study

980 hours

954 hours

1044 hours

Placement

-

-

-

Details of School academic staff can be found on the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities Website.

Attendance & Absence

The University expects you to attend and fully contribute to all mandatory sessions on your timetable as set out in your student contract. Engagement in your lectures, seminars and practicals is an important part of your learning - contributing both to the University community and the learning experience of your fellow students on the course.

We monitor your engagement at the University as regular attendance and academic achievement are closely linked. Moreover, by monitoring your engagement and attendance we can identify students who may need our guidance or support at an early stage to help them progress in their studies. This is part of our commitment to ensuring an excellent education and experience and supporting your success at Leeds Beckett.

The University does understand that from time to time there is good reason why you cannot attend a class, and in this instance you must contact your School office to let them know.

Please note that any attendance reports can be shared with you and your Course team. You might be asked to contact your School office so that appropriate academic or pastoral support can be offered, should your attendance record give cause for concern.

Our most important aim is to support your studies, but we are also required to report attendance to various external bodies such as the Student Loan Company and the Home Office. There are measures in place for students who seek to falsely register either their own or fellow students’ attendance.

Our Attendance Policy is available under ‘Student Contract’ on the Student Regulations web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific attendance requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

You must notify your Course Administrator if you are absent for more than one day (for example for an interview, emergency unforeseen circumstances, or for compassionate leave). If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

If you are unable to study due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms, please see the guidance available on our Covid-19 web page.

If you are unable to study because of another illness for more than 14 consecutive days (including weekends), you must provide us with a Fit Note.

You can send a digital copy of your Fit Note to your Course Administrator, and then send the original by post.

If you are absent through illness on the day of an examination or assignment deadline and you intend to apply for mitigation, you must also provide us with details as possible. Your submission for mitigation may be made online and the circumstances surrounding it may be self-certified unless your period of absence is prolonged. Generally, all absences of 2 weeks or more will require the submission of verifiable documentary evidence. For more information on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit our Mitigation web page.

Please note that if your course carries professional accreditation or recognition, there may be additional course-specific absence reporting requirements detailed elsewhere in this handbook.

Campus-based students who suspect they may have, or have been diagnosed as having a serious infectious disease such as Mumps, TB, measles, meningitis or chicken pox should not attend campus and notify their Course Director or Course Administrator as soon as possible giving information regarding which groups of students (and/or colleagues and clients on placements) you have been in contact with and when. For diseases such as Mumps, TB or meningitis, your doctor will notify the West Yorkshire Public Health Protection Team who may also wish to speak to you (or your family) to determine if others require screening or medication. You should follow advice given by the hospital or your GP about when it is safe to return to University. Further information is available on the Student Wellbeing web page.

For guidance on what to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19 (coronavirus), please visit our Covid-19 web page.

If you are thinking about changing course or withdrawing from your course, further information can be found on our Student web pages

International Students

Please be aware that our university fully complies with University Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) policy at all times. There are legal reporting requirements for all students in the UK on a Student visa, and full attendance is mandatory for all students on a Student Visa. Failure to meet UKVI attendance requirements could lead to your academic sponsorship being withdrawn and your visa being revoked. Students on a Student Visa need to be aware of their responsibilities whilst in the UK, please see www.ukcisa.org.uk or our Student Immigration Advice and Compliance web page for full information.

For up to date information about visas, immigration issues and other matters relating to international students, please visit the International Students’ web pages on the Students website (www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/) or contact the International Student Advice Centre on internationalstudentadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

This course is not accredited by a Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body.

'In Year' Work Placement Information

There is an optional Module at Level 6, ‘Career Cartographies: work-integrated learning in the Humanities’, which involves work placement.

Level 6: including 80 hours work placement.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own placement, with assistance from the University. The locations will vary, dependent on the opportunity.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

During your time on BA (Hons) Media, Communication, Cultures, the blend of theory and practice will help students gain and develop skills in the following areas:critical analysis; research; commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries; teamwork; the initiation and development of creative work in writing, audio-visual or other electronic media; an ability to have a flexible, creative and independent approach to tasks; the ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines. In addition, this course focuses on the communication of information across different mediums. The ability to communicate information clearly and effectively is an essential skill all employers look for and something that you will certainly develop with us (see https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/media-studies).

You will have opportunities to gain recognition during your time at Leeds Beckett University for the extra activities you do in addition to your studies, including volunteering, student societies, playing in our University sports teams and being a Course Representative.

There are three Graduate Attributes for Leeds Beckett University and these are tailored to suit your course. The three attributes you should achieve by the end of the course are for you to be digitally literate, have a global outlook and for you to be enterprising. Learning about these attributes and being assessed on them as part of your modules will provide you with capabilities which are essential for your future career and wider life as you move on from your studies here. You will be formally assessed on all the attributes in some of your modules at each academic level in each year of your course. For more information on graduate attributes please visit https://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/local/graduate_attributes/category_homepage.shtml

Information on your assessment is included in your Module Handbooks.

Global Outlook

A global outlook is one of the under-girding concepts of the Media, Communication, Cultures course. One of the course learning outcomes explicitly acknowledges this in ensuring that by the end of the course students will be able to ‘demonstrate critical awareness of media and cultural contexts, practices and forms locally and globally’.

Key examples of where questions of the global are encountered by students are below:

At Level 4:

The module ‘Cultural Studies’ develops students’ global outlook by exposing them to texts from Britain, the United States and Australia. By introducing students to critical political economy students must engage with the impact global capitalism has on media texts. In ‘Interpreting New Media’ students deal directly with the globalizing effects of new media contexts such as Twitter, ebay and Facebook. In ‘Media Interactions’ students learn about the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies; in so doing they examine how popular culture represents class, gender and race. In this way, students – themselves located by class, gender and race - feel a sense of ‘inclusivity’ in the course content. They also learn that audience members’ socio-cultural variables (class, gender, race, sexuality) arguably impact on media reception. In ‘Cinematic Identities’ students critically investigate how Hollywood and independent cinema produce and disseminate gendered images of masculinity and femininity and how they cross-cut with issues of class and race to produce dominant and marginal representations.

At Level 5:
Students examine a range of cultural contexts to understand the history, politics and geographies of media production, distribution and reception. This includes focus on recent global protests movements such as Occupy! and the ‘Arab Spring’. Students in ‘Media Professional Workshop’, in devising online marketing strategies for real clients, must think carefully about the global reach of social media and online territories. In ‘Comedy, Media & Diversity’ students are required to analyse comedy acts, their structure and the different ways comedians of different gender identification, sexuality, ‘race’ and class produce stand-up performances (and comedic identities) from a global perspective.

At Level 6:
At level 6 students are required to deploy sophisticated theory (i.e. post-colonial theory) as means to deconstruct global forms of culture. In ‘Popular Music, Dissenting Cultures’ students are required to critically assess the contribution of black and working-class musicians to the ‘canon’ of popular music both in Britain and across the Atlantic. The relationship between the local and the global is an underpinning theme of ‘(New) Media Geographies: transformations in space and place’, where film texts demonstrate and problematize the tension between the two categories. For example, module content investigates topics such as film production in Germany, France, Nigeria, Mexico, Brazil, and China as well as the USA and Britain. In ‘Sports Media’ students are required to consider the global reach of sport stars such as Mohammed Ali.

Digital Literacy
Digital literacy is required across the programme: all modules have a VLE presence via the University VLE and students are required year-on-year to increase the sophistication of their use of sourcing, for example journal articles using Library databases. We also develop and enhance students’ digital literacy skills via assessments which require competency in digital production techniques, for example the use of blogging platforms, podcast software, digital editing and digital story-boarding software.

At Level 4
At level 4 students are introduced to data gathering and analysis using digital tools such as Leeds Beckett’s Library tool ‘Discover’. For example, in ‘Interpreting New Media’ students are required to use VLE and library-related online resources, web research and practical case studies of new media. They are also required to produce a blog using blogging platforms as part of their assessment for the module. In ‘Cultural Studies’ students use the VLE for assessment in the form of an online test. At this level students are required to acquire ICT computer literacy (for academic communication and presentation); media literacy (including visual literacy and multimedia literacy); and information literacy (finding, accessing and recording information). In ‘Media Interactions’, students consider the development of digital music production and reception and interrogate the ubiquity of mobile telephony. In ‘Cinematic Identities’ students engage in Eforum discussion groups between seminar and lecture sessions via the VLE. This requires them to contribute to discussion and engage with other students and tutors in online environments in a professional manner.

At Level 5
At level 5 students expand their digital literacy by using more advanced digital tools. They are required not only to access and record information but also to evaluate its authority. Students in ‘Media Professional Workshop’ who choose the ‘online’ brief as part of their assessment may have to design an online marketing campaign for external clients working with a media professional who is a specialist in online web design. Students who work with either the television or documentary film production professionals are trained in the use of Final Cut Pro editing software. In the core ‘Researching Media’ module students are equipped with the skills to research online environments for their dissertations, this covers a range of new media platforms and data extraction tools.

At Level 6
Expectations about digital literacy are raised by the demands of final year study. Here students must use the full arsenal of digital literacy skills and attributes. In ‘New Media Geographies’, students must deploy a range of new media technologies to complete their assessment, for example, students use blogging software to produce a reflective blog incorporating digital maps/photos/video/sound. A social media group augments class discussions and students choose the most appropriate online site to meet module requirements of sharing, discussion and privacy thereby ensuring they evaluate the functionality of a range of new media platforms. All digital literacies are required for the core ‘Media Dissertation’ module where students use digital scholarship, academic practice, media and information literacy to adjudicate, synthesise and appropriate independent use of digital sources and learning materials. In ‘Lifestyle, Media, Identity’ students produce a digital storyboard as part of their ‘pitch’ assessment and are required to demonstrate sophisticated presentation skills and produce visual material to accompany this using appropriate presentation software.

Enterprise

At Level 4
The team have worked to devise an assessment regime which is concerned with embedding elements of creative enterprise or ‘media-making’ into the curriculum. For example, in ‘Media Interactions’ students work in groups to design an empirical research project to research new media consumption practices - thereby gathering data which is potentially useful to the media and culture industries. In ‘Researching TV’ students produce a podcast suitable for a local television audience testing their innovation and enterprise skills as they research material and decide how to pitch to their chosen demographic.

At Level 5
In ‘Media Professional Workshop’ students have the opportunity to create enterprising media artefacts (for example a documentary, a radio channel, an online marketing campaign, an urban lifestyle magazine) alongside an industry professional thereby generating links between academic life and the world of work.

At Level 6
Further enterprise opportunities exist in modules such as ‘Lifestyle, Media and Identity’ where students are required to devise an innovative new lifestyle television series concept: they must create an industry ‘pitch‘ using a storyboard and reflective portfolio detailing their production decisions. Students are encouraged by a range of industry-speakers who discuss and support their pitch ideas. In ‘Genre Blending, Genre Bending’, students are rewarded for their ability to creatively present knowledge in a non-linear fashion and for a range of non-academic audiences in their research portfolio assessment.

One of our key aims is to provide added value by making the relevance and value of the degree for employment explicit to students. In order to achieve this, we:

  • Embed personal career planning and personal development planning through the programme from level 4 to 6;
  • Encourage students to undertake the Careers Readiness Survey (CRS), where you will be asked about careers and employability support and your sector interests. A tailored list of careers resources will then be presented to you on screen and sent to your email, giving you direct access to information and support that you have told us is relevant to you.
  • Encourage students to undertake the co-curricular online careers module where you will undertake career development learning, learn how to make effective career decisions and enhance your employability (100% of students would recommend it to other students);
  • Provide a key employability module at level 5 (‘Media Professionals’ Workshop ‘) - the heart of the student mid-term experience;
  • Provide optional employability modules at level 5 (Applied Humanities: a live-brief learning module where you will gain first-hand experience of planning, delivery and evaluating a professional working brief set by an industry partner organisation) and level 6 (Careers Cartographies: an online career development and work-integrated learning module designed to enhance your skills, knowledge and non-linear career options through work-based learning.)
  • Develop forms of assessment which are practical in orientation, which enhances students’ creativity and which we term ‘media-making’. With their emphasis on simulating production conditions in the media and cultural industries, they encourage skills of creative enterprise which strengthens employability.

In addition to the employability skills you gain as a result of completing the BA (Hons) Media, Communication, Cultures, you also have access to careers and employability support from professional services, which supports students and graduates with all aspects of career planning & decision making, along with helping you recognise and develop your employability skills.

The School has dedicated careers and employability support that enables us to build tailored career development learning into our programme at all levels of study. This dedicated careers and employability support includes input to the programme at level 4 induction and as part of ‘Interpreting New Media’ at level 5 in sessions before and after ‘Media Professionals’ Workshop’ and at level 6 as part of the ‘Dissertation’ module induction. This allows us to support you with expert career development learning and employability from trained professionals who can help you make well-informed decisions about student and graduate employment or postgraduate study throughout your undergraduate career.

This is in addition to online careers and employability support via MyHub which includes a live jobs board where you have access to jobs and opportunities ranging from volunteering, Placements and part-time work to graduate vacancies. Careers and employability events and workshops are accessible via MyHub, including regular careers and jobs fairs (including the annual Graduate & Placements Fair), employers on campus and employer-led initiatives such as Women in Leadership (WIL) and Digital LEAP. Practical help and resources are also available to assist you in exploring and researching career options (including self-employment, freelance & business start-up), job hunting and presenting yourself professionally in CVs, applications, online (LinkedIn) and interviews. One-to-one careers guidance appointments with our dedicated School careers and employability professional also enables you to access tailored careers information, advice and guidance for the media subject area.

Opportunities will be highlighted and advertised to our students throughout the degree. For example, all students will be invited to attend the annual Get Involved Get Hired careers, employer and alumni networking event, providing insight into career opportunities linked to your degree outcomes and for you to undertake immediate opportunities of work experience and volunteering to enhance your employability skills. Leeds Beckett Media alumni regularly attend these events.

The skills you gain through studying your degree are marketable in most job sectors and many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so do not restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. Here are some options for where you could use your degree: Media planner; Multimedia specialist; Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video; Public relations officer; Runner, broadcasting/film/video; Social media manager; Television/film/video producer; Web content manager; Advertising account executive; Broadcast journalist; Editorial assistant; Event manager; Film director; Information officer; Magazine journalist; Market researcher; UX designer; Writer In addition, the careers and employability service has produced a course-related careers information resource linked to your degree.

Media graduates typically enter careers in the media, cultural and creative industries. Areas of work include television and radio, film and video, digital media, computer games, journalism, writing and publishing, PR and media practice.

Employers include:

  • Communications agencies
  • The Civil Services
  • Further and higher education institutions, such as colleges and universities
  • Local Government
  • Marketing organisations
  • Media companies
  • The newspaper industry
  • PR Consultancies
  • Publishing companies
  • TV and radio companies

Source: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/media-studies

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your Course Administrator is there to help you. Course Administrators work closely with academic staff and can make referrals to teaching staff or to specialist professional services as appropriate. They can give you a confirmation of attendance letter, and a transcript. You may also like to contact your Course Rep or the Students’ Union Advice team for additional support with course-related questions.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first arrive at University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

If you need help with more complex queries or concerns, their trained advisers also support students with 1-1 appointments, providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space to talk about your circumstances and identifying support that you can access within and outside of the University. You can book an appointment with an Adviser on MyHub.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

Within MyBeckett you will see two tabs (Support and Opportunities) where you can find online information and resources for yourselves. The ‘Support’ tab gives you access to details of services available to give you academic and personal support. These include Library Services, the Students’ Union, Money advice, Disability advice and support, Wellbeing, International Student Services and Accommodation. There is also an A-Z of Support Services, and access to online appointments/registration.

The ‘Opportunities’ tab is the place to explore the options you have for jobs, work placements, volunteering, and a wide range of other opportunities. For example, you can find out here how to get help with your CV, prepare for an interview, get a part-time job or voluntary role, take part in an international project, or join societies closer to home.

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:
• epilepsy, diabetes and IBS
• depression, anxiety and eating disorders
• dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D
• Autism Spectrum Conditions
• Mobility difficulties
• Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course. We would encourage you to contact us as early as possible to enable us to implement any adjustments you may need. If you have a disability and have not previously declared it, please fill in the registration form (which is also available via the Disability Advice web page) or contact the Disability Advice team on 0113 8125831 or email disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

More information on disability advice is available under the Academic and Personal Support sections of the ‘Support’ tab in MyBeckett, and on the Disability Advice web page.

Disabled students can also access the Disability Resource Areas in each library and the support provided by the Library Learning Support Officer. More information is available on the Library website.

The Library

The Library offers 24/7 support for your studies. You can access thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website which also provides full details of all our services.

Library Academic Support

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies.

The team maintains a number of websites to support your learning:

  • In your Subject guide, you'll find a variety of information resources which have been selected as a good starting point for research in that area.  These are available on the Skills and Subject Support web page or via the Course or Support tabs in My Beckett.
  • On the Skills for Learning website, you’ll find online resources covering topics such as essay writing, research and time management, plus information to help you reference and avoid plagiarism, alongside details of online workshops that are designed to help you succeed in your assessments.  The Skills for Learning website can be found on the Library website or via the Library or Support tabs in My Beckett.

Library and Student IT Advice Service

The Library and Student IT Advice Service team can answer your queries on borrowing, finding information, passwords, Office 365, online meetings, saving your work, MyBeckett and more:

  • online (including 24/7 chat) via the Contact Us web page
  • by phone - 0113 812 1000 (24/7 IT support)


They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi on the University campus is provided by eduroam, a secure wireless network, which also allows you Wi-Fi access if you visit other universities. To connect:
1. Select eduroam from available Wi-Fi
2. Your login details are:
Username: e.g., c1234567@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Password: your normal university password
*Android Users: Select under Phase 2 Authentication – MS-CHAPv2
Help is available on the Library’s Wi-Fi web page.

Microsoft Office 365

You are provided with free access to Office 365 and the latest version of Office can be downloaded from the IT tab in MyBeckett or from office.com. All students who are registered for a qualification at Leeds Beckett University are eligible and you can use the subscription for the duration of your course. For instructions and more information, please see the Office 365 support page.

OneDrive

OneDrive Leeds Beckett is your individual file storage with 1TB of storage space. With OneDrive you can access and share your files across your devices. This is accessible on University PCs and off-campus through Office 365 portal. See the Saving your Work pages on the Library website for more information.

Leeds Beckett RemoteApp

The Leeds Beckett RemoteApp gives you access to a range of specialist software for your course on your personal devices. See the RemoteApp page on the Library website for more information.

Media Equipment – free loans

You can borrow high-end Media Equipment for free. Browse, reserve and collect equipment ranging from GoPros to Remote Presenters from the ground floor of the Shelia Silver and Headingley Libraries. Further information is available on the Media Equipment web page.


The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity). We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

The Students’ Union Student Voice & Insight Team works together with the Education Officer to effectively represent students’ academic interests.

We provide support, training and ongoing development to c.1000 Course Representatives, who are elected by you to represent you whilst you study at Leeds Beckett, and facilitate the School Forums where any student can raise feedback about their academic experience at Leeds Beckett and discuss changes that have occurred as a result of student feedback with University staff.

Unsure who your Course Rep is? Maybe you’re interested in becoming a Course Rep or have feedback about your academic experience? Drop us a message on the details below:

Email: studentvoice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/officerteam

Resources

MyBeckett, the portal and virtual learning environment provides:

• access to your modules and timetables;
• your reading lists and email account;
• your personal storage area on our University IT servers;
• information on where to look for academic or personal support (Support tab);
• information on opportunities such as jobs, careers, part-time work, placements and volunteering (Opportunities tab)
• access to Library and student IT advice

Further information and support for using MyBeckett can be found on the MyBeckett Support Pages.

All course materials such as lectures, seminars and webinars will be uploaded to MyBeckett under the relevant module or pages. All students will be provided a module handbook which outlines important information including assessments and weekly content, as well as a module reader.

There are a range of further resources available via the Skills for Learning website which you can access here http://skillsforlearning.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/. This includes resources around time management, essay writing, critical reading, plagiarism, etc.

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library website (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/home) which also provides full details of all our services.

In response to Covid-19, and the need for social distancing for the protection of students and staff, the libraries will be available via a booking system in 2020/21 for students to study, access PCs and laptops, printer/ copiers, and other equipment, and to use the books and journals.

The Library and Student IT Advice Service is available by online chat, email or phone, and provides support on using the University’s online and digital services, finding information, borrowing, Office 365, MyBeckett, online meetings, saving your work, passwords, etc.

The Library Academic Support Team can help you develop your academic skills such as critical thinking, academic writing and analysing data, and research skills such as how to find, use and evaluate information for your studies. The team liaises with your lecturers to provide the information resources you need for your subject and to arrange academic skills sessions to support you in your studies. They also have a wide range of short tutorials available on the Library’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFFd5u75zmy00EnkM9F2zPQ

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and the Students’ Union to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey. We utilise the outcomes of these surveys to benchmark our courses nationally and to inform annual course enhancements.

Informal feedback is also welcome at any time either via your Academic Advisor or module tutor or via your Course Representative. Our partnership with you enables us together to make the most of your learning experience with us and to enhance the quality and reputation of your course. You can find out what actions have been taken in response to your feedback through your Course Representative, the Students’ Union, your tutors or through the Library.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys such as the Student Barometer, National Student Survey and Destination of Leavers in Higher Education Survey.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your Course Representative or directly with your Course Director or Academic Advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about an act or omission of our University, you may be able to make a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure. In the first instance, you should raise the matter as soon as possible with the member of staff most directly concerned, or with the person who can best resolve it. If this does not resolve the matter, or if the complaint is too serious to be addressed in this way, then you should make a formal complaint in writing. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages

General Information

Bachelor of Arts with Honours Media, Communication, Cultures

Bachelor of Arts Media, Communication, Cultures
Diploma of Higher Education Media, Communication, Cultures
Certificate of Higher Education Media, Communication, Cultures

Leeds Beckett University

Level 6 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 120 credit points at each of Levels 4, 5 and 6 of the UK Credit Framework for Higher Education (360 credits in total).

PT delivery is usually at half the intensity of the FT equivalent course, although there may be flexibility to increase your pace of study to shorten the overall course duration. Some modules may be delivered in a different sequence to that defined within this information set, but the modules offered within each level are consistent. Please note that the work placement option is generally not available to PT students.

City Campus, Leeds (plus location of work placement, if applicable)

Course fees and additional course costs are confirmed in your offer letter. Course fees are presented to you annually through the online enrolment process. If you have any queries about your tuition fees, please visit our Course/Tuition Fees Payment web page or contact Fees@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Ongoing queries relating to additional course costs may be discussed with your Course Administrator.

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page
• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page
• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

There are no additional or non-standard regulations which relate to your course.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

The details of the External Examiners for this course are as follows:

Dr Nedim Hassan (Chief External Examiner and with specific UG modules assigned)
Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)

Dr Rachel Wood (Specific UG modules assigned)
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
University of Chester

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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