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Module Title
Magazine Journalism


SCQF Points30
ECTS Points15
CreatedMarch 2010
ApprovedJuly 2010
AmendedAugust 2012
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Prerequisites for Module

BS1290 Visual Culture and Design
BS2157 Features Writing

Corequisite Modules

BS3233 Placement

Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with the ability to apply their design and features writing skills in the production of a magazine edition which reflects themes related to their placement experience

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Produce editorial copy for magazine publication.
2. Fulfil defined editorial and production roles within the magazine team.
3. Participate in a structured group task to produce a magazine and evaluate individual contributions to the group effort.

Indicative Module Content

The module aims to produce a magazine edition covering a theme which reflects the students’ placement experiences, initiatives and opportunities. Students will be required to return from their six-week placement with editorial material (features, articles, photographs, graphics) to provide material for the magazine. Students will be assigned to defined editorial and production roles within the team, each with a job specification designed to contribute to the aim of producing a magazine edition by writing, editing and designing material for publication, raising advertising revenue, and negotiating printing, print runs and distribution.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study



Private Study



Mode of Delivery

This module is a combination of lectures, workshops and group activity. Students will be split into team groups and assigned roles with responsibility for the production of written, edited and designed material for a magazine edition which is stimulating, informative and well produced.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1
Component 2 2
Component 3 3

See additional notes for details of assessment plan. Component 1 is worth 30%, Component 2 is worth 50% and Component 3 is worth 20% of the module mark.

Indicative Bibliography

1.McKAY, J., 2006. The magazines handbook. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.
2.MORRISH, J., 2011. Magazine editing: in print and online. Abingdon: Routledge.
3.MOSER, H., 2011. The art directors' handbook of professional magazine design. 3rd ed. London: Thames and Hudson.

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781