Ethiopian Mass Media Training Institute (EMMTI)

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Journalism and Communications

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In 2004, the initiative to upgrade the diploma programme of the Ethiopian Mass Media Training Institute (EMMTI) centered on two studies: one was impact evaluation and analysis of the current diploma program that recommeded the upgrade twoard a degree programme. The second survey was a training needs assessment toward developing a curriculum of journalism and mass communications at the bachelors’ degree level. In this study, courses for the degree program of journalism and mass communication education were proposed and distributed to be rated by scholars of Ethiopian University, top media managers, Editors-in-chief, executive producers and experts of various governmental and private media sectors and information bureaus found in Ethiopia. 

The current curriculum of the programme is the result of these studies.   The curriculum, including brief course descriptions is tabled below.  This curriculum appears compatible with the orientation, basic content and emphasis proposed below.  However, it will be the actual course syllabi, the selection of reading materials, and above all, the pedagogical style and dynamism of the teaching staff that will determine the learning impact and performance of future media practitioners. 

The categorization of the basic streams are much in need of revision as some changes in technology, particularly ICT, have have merged previously separate processes of production and distribution of media.  What photojournalism was for newspapers and magazines is now clip-journalism for web-journalism.   Similarly, the credits for MA and PhD level candidates who have to take undergraduate primers in journalism have to be indicated.  With the changes and growth in the media sector, students have to engage in a lot more flexible exploratory courses in seminar and interdisciplinary settings. 

The sequencing of classroom training has to be fully interlaced with continuous practical production training in which students will be immersed in newspaper, magazine, radio, TV documentary and archival projects throughout the programme.  Instead of independent production of a ten-minute video, students should be required to take part in varous aspects of producing documentaries of epic scale. 

All six semesters of training at the undergraduate level should allow students to immerse themselves in actual media practice, progressively contributing minor to major skills under the guidance of masters and professionals.  Areas of expertice have to be further broken down and faculty and professional staff have to develop screening methods to guide students toward mastery of specific skills according to their talents and passion.  This approach will have implications with regard to selection and advising as size of enrollment will be significantly reduced to adjust for available slots in the overall media production house.    

What we present below is, therefore, merely an as-is listing for reference and review purposes. 

The academic program of the undergraduate school shall consist of the following streams:

  1. Print media department: Newspaper and Magazine
  2. Broadcast media department: Radio and Television

1. Journalism Courses (Media Skills Courses)                              56

      2. Communication theory courses                                                9

      3. Social Science, liberal arts and supportive courses                 42

COURSE LISTING FOR PRINT JOURNALISM DEGREE PROGRAM
Year I
Semester I  total credits 18   Semester II total credits 19
FLEn101 College English 3 FLEn201 Sophomore English 3
PTJR111 Introduction to News Writing 3 PTJR122 News Writing and Reporting 3
MCOM101 History of Mass Communication 3 STAT102 Quantitative Methods 3
PSYE 242 Introduction to Social Psychology 3 PHIL101 Introduction to Logic 2
ECOM101 Principles of Economics 3 ECOM102 Topics on the Ethiopian Economy 3
COMP101 Computer Literacy 3 CVCS101 Introduction to Civics Education 3
JOUR132 Internet-Journalism 2
Year II
Semester I total credits 19   Semester II total credits 18
SANT201 Introduction to Sociology 3 LAWS204 1. Introduction of Civil Law and persons 3
JOUR221 Media Language andTranslation 3 FLEn206 2. Intermediate Writing Skills 3
MCOM201 Mass Communications Theories 3 JOUR262 3. Media Research Methods 3
FLEN205 Fundamentals of Literature 3 PTJR252 4. Feature Writing I 3
PTJR211 Layout and Design 3 PTJR242 5. Art  Review and Critics 3
PTJR231 Photo-Journalism 3 PTJR0203 6. Newspaper Lab II 1
PTJR0201 Newspaper lab. I 1 ENTR 201 7. Entrepreneurship Development 2
JOUR272 8. Journalism Internship 0
Year III
Semester I total credits 19   Semester II total credits 17
MCOM301 1. Development Communication 3 JOUR342 Media Management 3
JOUR331 2. Media Law and Ethics 3 PSIR301 Global Pacific’s 3
PTJR341 3. Introduction to Magazine Writing 3 PTJR362 Editing 3
JOUR311 4. Advanced Reporting 3 JOUR352 Investigating Journalism 2
PTJR351 5. Feature Writing II 3 JOUR372 Advertising 2
JOUR321 6. Introduction to Public Relations 3 PTJR382 Senior Essay 4
PTJR0303 7. Newspaper Lab III 1      
LISTING OF COURSES IN THE RADIO JOURNALISM STREAM
Year I
Semester I total credits 17   Semester II total credits 19
PHIL 101 Introduction to Logic 2 PHIL 101 Introduction to Logic 2
JOUR 111 Introduction to Broadcast Journalism 3 FLEn 102 Sophomore English 3
MCOM 101 History of mass Communication 3 STAT 102 Quantitative Methods 3
PSYE 242 Introduction to Social Psychology 3 ECOM 102 Topics on the Ethiopian Economy 3
ECON 101 Principles of Economics 3 CVCS   101 Introduction to Civic Education 3
COMP 101 Computer Literacy 3 RAJR 122 Radio News Writing &Reporting 3
17 JOUR 132 Internet Journalism 2
Year II
Semester I total credits 19   Semester II total credits 18
SANT 201 Introduction to Sociology 3 RAJR 242 Radio Program Production II 3
FLEn 205 Fundamentals of Literature 3 PTJR 252 Feature Writing  I 3
RAJR 211 Radio Program Production I 3 LAWS 204 Introduction toCivil Law&Persons 3
JOUR 221 Media Language and Translation 3 FLEn 206 Intermediate Writing Skills 3
MCOM 201 Mass Communication Theories 3 JOUR 262 Media Research Methods 3
RAJR 231 Radio News Writing & ReportingII 3 RAJR 0202 Radio Broadcast Lab II 1
RAJR 0201 Radio Broadcast Lab I 1 ENTR 201 Entrepreneurship development 2
JOUIR 272 Journalism Internship 0
Year III
Semester I total credits 16   Semester II total credits 15
MCOM 301 Development Communication 3 JOUR 342 Media Management 3
JOUR 311 Advanced Reporting 3 PSIR 301 Global Political Science 3
JOUR 321 Introduction to Public Relation 3 JOUR 352 Investigative Journalism 2
JOUR 341 Broadcast Announcing&Performance 3 JOUR 362 Educational Broadcasting 3
JOUR 331 Media Law & Ethics 3 RAJR 372 Student Project 4
RAJR 0303 Radio Broadcast Lab III 1      
COURSE LISTING FOR THE TELEVISION STREAM
Year I
Semester I total credits 18   Semester II total credits 19
FLEn 101 College English 3 PHIL 101 Introduction to Logic 2
JOUR 111 Introduction to Broadcast Journalism 3 FLEn 201 Sophomore English 3
MCOM 101 History of Mass Communication 3 STAT 102 Quantitative Methods 3
PSYE 101 Introduction to Social Psychology 3 ECOM 102 Topics on the Ethiopian Economy 3
ECOM 101 Principles of Economics 3 CVCS 101 Introduction to Civics Education 3
COMP 101 Computer Literacy 3 TVJR 122 Television News Writing& ReportingI 3
JOUR 132 Internet Journalism 2
Year II
Semester I total credits 16   Semester II total credits 18
SANT 201 Introduction to Sociology 3 TVJR 232 Television Program Production I 3
FLEn 205 Fundamentals of Literature 3 TVJR 0202 Television Broadcast Lab II 1
JOUR 221 Media Language & Translation 3 PTJR 252 Feature Writing I 3
MCOM 201 Mass Communication Theories 3 LAWS 204 Introduction to Civil Law&Persons 3
TVJR 211 Television News Writing &Reporting 3 FLEn 206 Intermediate Writing Skills 3
TVJR 0201 Television Broadcast Lab 1 JOUR 262 Media Research Methods 3
ENTR 201 Entrepreneurship development 2
JOUR 272 Journalism Internship 0
Year III
Semester I total credits 19   Semester II total credits 15
MCOM 301 Development Communication 3 JOUR 342 Media Management 3
JOUR 311 Advanced Reporting 3 JOUR 362 Educational Broadcasting 3
JOUR 321 Introduction to Public Relation 3 PSIR 301 Political Science 3
JOUR 341 Announcing & Performance 3 JOUR 352 Investigating Journalism 2
JOUR 331 Media Law & Ethics 3 TVJR 372 Student Project 4
TVJR 351 Television Program ProductionII 3      
TVJR 0303 Television Broadcast Lab III 1      

FLEn 101: College English (3cr. hrs.) Developing language skills: reading and listening  for gist, identifying structures of a talk, note taking from reading text and listening to lectures; developing basic reading skills and writing guided summaries; study in the use of word components, collocation, clues for vocabulary development; learning grammatical elements: relative clauses, modals, voice, time clauses, conditionals, reported speech, developing spoken skills through pair and group work, self introduction, exchange of views on topical issues, introducing paragraph writing.

PTJR 111 Introduction to News Writing (3cr. hrs) This course deals with an introduction to news, basic skills of news writing and story structuring, components of news story, sources and methods of gathering news with a focus on newspaper writing techniques.

MCOM 101 History of Mass Communication (3cr. hrs) This course will introduce students to journalism and mass communication, role and influence of journalistic media in particular. It also enables students to know the historical development of Ethiopian media and function of their establishment.

PSYC: 242 Introduction to Social Psychology (3cr.hrs) The course attempts to introduce the student to the basic tenets of the field of social psychology with emphasis on topics that are relevant to this particular group of students such as the meaning and significance of public opinion and propaganda; attitude formation and attitude change; persuasion; group dynamics, inter group and intra group formation; social change revolution and war, and nature and roots of aggressive behavior.

ECON 101 Principles of Economics The course covers basic topics in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. The microeconomics part of the course is designed to introduce fundamental economic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity cost, the laws of demand and supply and elasticity. In addition, the functioning of a competitive market and the essence of short-run production theory and profit maximization are covered in this part of the course. Topics related to the concept, measurement and problems of economy wide performance are treated under the macroeconomic part of the course. The objective of the course is for students to grasp the principles of economics.

COMP 101 Computer Literacy (3cr.hrs) Different types of systems used at the work place such as Manual, mechanical, computerized and automated systems shall be introduced briefly. Emphasis is put on computerized systems. Components of a computer system: Data, software, hardware, and humanware are discussed in some details. The windows operating systems are used for file, disk, and memory management tasks. Students are provided with work sheets that cover different aspects of the windows environment.  In the 3rd part of the course, word processing (WORD 97) is used to create, edit, format and further work on text document that includes pictures, organizational charts, and drawings.

FLEn 201: Sophomore English (3cr.hrs) Basic writing skills producing grammatically correct and meaningful sentences, combining sentences, subordination and co-ordination, topic sentence, detail in paragraph in paragraphs, concluding sentences, principle of writing unity, coherence,  emphasis, interest, patterns of paragraph, development: cause-effect, illustration,  definition, identification, combination method, topic selection, outlining, drafting, revising essays, mechanics of writing punctuation, capitalization, word frequently misspelled and confused,, identification, essays of different discourse.  Prerequisite: FLEn 101 College English

PTJR 122 News Writing and Reporting (3cr.hrs.) This course focuses on common types of news, importance of news, newspaper headline writing, and reporting principles and how to cover basic stories in newspaper headline writing, reporting principles and how to cover basic stories in newspaper journalism.  Prerequisite: PTJR111 Introduction to newspaper writing

STAT 102 Quantitative Methods (3cr.hrs.) Quantitative method is a course in basic statistics.stastical methods and statistical inference, have  become useful tools in every field of knowledge statistical approach to a problem may broadly be summarized as collecction of facts, organization of facts, analysis of facts, and interpretation of facts. It is intended to provide basic statistical concepts and techniques. The concepts and techniques that are tought in this coure should enable students to extend their, elmentary statistical skill and use these in the context of more advanced techniques. The course should enable the students to develop an ability to apply statistics in journalism this course consists of the following main topics: Introduction; theory; Data Collection  and presentation; Measures of central Tendency and simple liner regression and correlation; and Elementary  probability.

PHIL 101: Introduction to Logic (2cr.hrs) This course attempts to introduce the fundamental concepts of logic and methods of logical reasoning. The purpose of the course is to develop the skills required to construct sound arguments of their own and the ability to critically evaluate the arguments of others; cultivate the habits of critical thinking and develop sensitivity to the clear and accurate use of language. Lectures, classroom discussion, exercises and homeworks will be used to deliver the course.

ECON: 102 Topic on the Ethiopian Economy (3cr.hrs) Introduction to the structures of the Ethiopian Economy, the agricultural, industrial and financial sectors of Ethiopia, the foreign trade and the economic reform of Ethiopia shall be treated. Prerequisites: Eon 101 principles of Economics

CVCS: 101 Introduction to Civics Education (3cr.hrs) This course deals with the meaning and purpose of civic education; survey of history of citizenship in general and citizenship in the Ethiopian context in particular; origin and evaluation of constitutional parties; the state, citizenship and government; the history, theory and practice of democratic governance in the world with specific attention to Africa; meaning and nature of fundamental human rights; harmful traditional practices and the state of human rights in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE); the role of the political parties, pressure groups, mass-media and international organizations in influencing democratization and respect for human rights; important societal values; skill-building in mechanisms for democratization and management of international relations.

JOUR 132 Internet Journalism (2cr.hrs.)  This course introduces students to the Internet and will provide skills needed to effectively use it. Students will also learn reporting, writing and editing stories for interactive media, particularly the Internet. They will be exposed to the various search engines of the World Wide Web and how to gather and develop information in the newsroom. Prerequisites: COMP101

SANT 201 Introduction to Sociology (3cr.hrs) Introduces the subject matter of sociology; some of the ideas of the classical sociological thinkers; definitions of various sociological concepts (social values, social norms, culture); basic elements of social life (groups, institutions, society); social change; social processes (stratification, social class).

JOUR 221 Media Language and Translation (3cr.hrs) This course begins with the treatment of the different definitions, characteristics and functions of language as well as the main causes of linguistic variation. It covers principles, techniques and problems of translating news from source language to receptor language. Emphasis is given to agency copy translation and editing aiming at fidelity, readability and speed.

MCOM 201 Mass Communication Theories (4cr.hrs) In this course students examine the nature of communication, types and process and enable them to understand the functions of mass communication. It also helps the students to familiarize themselves with models and theories of mass communication. Prerequisite: MCOM 101 History of Mass Communication

FLEn 205 Fundamentals of Literature (3cr.hrs) This course deals with different characteristics of oral and written literature, different literacy genres such as-prose, fiction, poetry, and drama.

PTJR 211 Layout and Design (3cr.hrs) this course deals with the history and current tends of page design and layout, focusing on the fundamentals of newspaper and magazine design and layout, and how to graphically present material through Desk Top Publishing (DTP) to achieve aesthetic value for the print media.

PTJR 231 Photo-Journalism (3cr.hrs)  Introduction to concepts of photojournalism for newspapers, magazines and corporate publications; application of journalistic principles to black-and-white photography including theoretical and practical activities, camera handling, shooting, darkroom processing and printing photos and ethics of photojournalism. 

PTJR 0201 Newspaper lab I (1cr. hrs) This is an introductory course on how to gather stories, develop and produce the newspaper under newsroom condition. During the course students will exercise what they have studied in class and they subsequently practice the pagination process.

LAWS 204 Introduction to Civil Law and Persons (3cr.hrs)     This course covers the following legal concepts:The making of laws, sources of law, Classification of laws, The hierarchy of laws, The repeal of laws, The duration of the application of laws;Title, facts, events, juridical acts, Nullities; Rights and duties; evidence; The importance of personality; Concept of persons; Sources of the Ethiopian law of persons; Physical personality; Acquisition of physical personality; Rights and duties of physical persons; Individualization of physical personality; Proof of physical personality; Capacity of physical persons.

FLEn: 206 Intermediate Writing Skills (3cr.hrs) Integrating writing, listening and reading skills, paraphrasing, description, describing persons, places, objects, processes, narration, writing about events, expository writing.

JOUR 262 Media Research Methods (3cr.hr) This course gives students some concepts on research, scientific research method and mass communication research (MCR). IT also highlights historical perspective of mass communication and mass communication research. Research vocabulary as well as components and methods of mass communication research are included. In addition to this, various methods of research techniques which are meaningful to mass communication research are included. How to define and delimit research problem, the importance of reviewing the literature, how to prepare bibliography, how to code and tabulate data, how to analyze and interpret data and give conclusion and recommendations are treated under this course.

PTJR 252 Feature Writing I (3cr.hrs) This course is designed for print and broadcast students. This course focuses on feature article story structures, and fictional or drama and technical approaches of writing stories.

PTJR 242 (3cr,hrs) Art Review and Critics This course deals with definitions of reviewing and criticism, concepts of critique, the critical position and perspective. The course focuses on major trends in art criticism.

PTJR 0202 Newspaper Lab. II (1cr.hr) This is an introductor course on gathering, developing and producing stories stories for the newspaper under newsroom conditions. During the course students will practice their classroom lessons through various newspaper writing styles.

ENTR 201 Entrepreneurship Development (2cr.hrs.) This course deals with definitions of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs; historical perspectives of entrepreneurship; the role of entrepreneurial resource in socio-economic development; entrepreneurship and innovation; entrepreneurial competencies; making and planning; and legal aspects of entrepreneurship.

JOUR 272 Journalism Internship (0cr.hrs.)   Journalism internship is required of all print journalism majors. Students will be attached to different print and news agencies and organizations to employ their capabilities. Special commitment and strong recommendations are expected from the stakeholders. This program will be evaluated by assigned instructors during summer time. Prerequisite: about 5 major courses in the department

MCOM 301 Development Communication (3cr. hrs)  This course gives conceptual understanding about development communication and development journalism. The developing countries and also the Ethiopian experience in applying the practice of development journalism to motivate and inspire their population for economic and social advancement will be covered. Media used for development communication, the role of media for the effort of nation building, national consensus,  population growth control, social development, rural development industrialization, urbanization, environmental protection in Ethiopia and the role of media are the topics of the course.

JOUR 331 Media Law and Ethics (3cr. hrs)  This course will introduce students to the study of  basic legal and ethical issues in media. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of these issues and the ability to analyze the important ethical and legal issues involved in the mass media industry.

PTJR 341 Introduction to Magazine Writing (3cr.hrs) This course deals with the history of the magazine world, and the magazine writing and research skills, the editorial concepts of magazines and its circulations polices.

JOUR 311 Advanced Reporting (2cr.hrs) The course will introduce students to analyze how to develop and fine-tune the reporting frame works, and critical  critically write different types of advanced reporting for newspaper and magazines and cover by radio and TV programs of local government, courts, health, economics, politics etc.

PTJR 351 Feature Writing II (3cr.hrs.) The course deals with identifying and turning ceremonial functions in to features, cultivating languages of newspapers and magazines, writing newspaper  and magazine feature stories and opinion pieces with emphasis on editorial writing principles. Prerequisite: PTJR252 Feature Writing I

JOUR 321 (3cr.hrs) Introduction to Public Relations This course will introduce students to the evolution, concept, and influence of Public Relations. It also provides opportunities to introduce public relations writing, its scientific and ethical approaches in the process. They will learn some techniques of measuring public opinion and its applications, and will familiarize them with the ethical, moral and legal responsibilities of public relations.

PTJR 0303 Newspaper Lab III (1cr.hr) The course will introduce students how to gather, develop and produce the general purpose or specialized magazine under newsroom conditions. During the course students will exercise what they have studied in the class and practice different writing styles to produce a magazine at the end of the semester.

JOUR 342 Media Management (3cr.hrs) The course provides an introductory link between management functions and their application to the media. Case studies will be introduced to help students deal with practical work dilemmas pertaining to organizing media companies, working with people and broadcast programming.

PSIR 301 Global Political Science (3cr.hrs) This course explains the nature of global political systems, composed of governments, transnational actors and international organizations. It also outlines the three competing theoretical approaches to the study of global politics: state-centric realism, a political economy approach to globalization and the pluralist approach. Compare and contrast the assumptions upon which the three approaches are based.

PTJR 362 Editing (3r.hrs) The course introduces students to the art of editing. It covers editing for print and electronic media including the structure of the editorial departments, the role of the editor, and news and copy editors. Students will be taught about the language and style of newspapers, and editing for precision in language.

JOUR 352 Investigative Journalism (2cr.hrs) This course will learn to recognize the definitions and concept of investigative reporting and the qualities of the investigative reporter. Steps of investigative reporting to be covered include including: finding the story, getting it right, dealing with documents and getting people to talk. Students will examine case studies in the areas of social and consumer affairs, crime, security and intelligence and corruption cases. Students will also be shown how journalists dig out and scrutinize documents, records, files and reports.

JOUR 372 Advertising (2cr.hrs) This course deals with the evaluation of advertising and current trends in advertising, focusing on the social and legal aspects of advertising, and the advertising business. The students acquire the knowledge of advertising business, consumer behavior and market segmentation, marketing and advertisement planning and creative production on print media. Prerequisite: JOUR 321 Introduction to Public Relations

PTJJR 382 Senior Essay (3cr.hrs.) Supervised writing of senior essay on selected print journalism topics of the students’ choice. Prerequisite: all major courses in the department

JOUR 101 Introduction to Broadcast Journalism (3cr.hrs)   (OPTIONAL) This course is designed to introduce and familiarize students to the characteristics of the radio and television media, including basic elements of Radio/TV production (production, personnel and equipment), modern broadcasting systems, and basic broadcast news writing.

STAT 102 Quantitative methods (3cr.hrs)       Quantitative method is a course in basic statistics. Statistical methods, and statistical inference, have become useful tools in every field of knowledge. Statistical approach to a problem may broadly be summarized as: collection of facts, organization of facts, analysis of facts, and interpretation of facts. it is intended to provide basic statistical concepts and techniques.  The concepts and the techniques that are taught in this course should enable the student to extend their, elementary statistical skill sand use these in the context of more advanced techniques. The course should enable the students to develop an ability to apply statistics in journalism. This course the following main topics: introduction; sampling theory; data collection and presentation; measures of central tendency and dispersion: simple liner regression and correlation; and elementary probability.

CVCS: 101  Introduction to civic education  (3cr.hrs) This course deals with the meaning and purpose of civic education; survey of history of citizenship in general and citizenship in the Ethiopian context in particular; origin and evolution of constitutional practices ; the state, citizenship and government; the history, theory and practice of democratic governance in the world with specific attention to Africa; meaning and nature of fundamental human rights; harmful traditional practices and the states of human rights in the federal democratic republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) ;the role of political parties, pressure groups, mass media and international organizations in influencing democratization and respect for human rights; important societal values; skill-building in mechanisms for democratization and management; and international relations .   Prerequisite preparatory program

PHOL 101:  Introduction to logic (2cr.hrs)     This course attempts to introduce the fundamental concepts of logic and methods of logical reasoning .the purpose of the course is to develop in learners the skills required to construct sound arguments of their own and the ability to critically evaluate the arguments of others; cultivate the habits of critical thinking and develop sensitivity to the clear and accurate use of language. Lectures, classroom discussion, exercises, and home works will be used to deliver the course.  

FLEn 201: Sophomore English (3cr.hrs)    Basic writing skills producing grammatically correct and meaningful sentences, combining sentences, subordination and co-ordination, topic sentence, details in paragraphs, concluding sentences, principles of writing unity, coherence, emphasis, interest, patterns of paragraph development: cause- effect, illustration,definition, identification, combination method topic selection, outlining, drafting, revising essays, mechanics of writing punctuation, capitalization, word frequently misspelled and confused, indentation, essays of different discourse.    Prerequisite: FLEn 101 college English

ECOM: 102 Topics on the Ethiopian economy (3cr.hrs) Introduction to the structures of the Ethiopian economy, the agricultural, industrial and financial sectors of Ethiopia, the foreign trade and the economic reform of Ethiopia shall be treated.   Prerequisites econ 151 principles of economics    

RAJR 132 Radio news writing and reporting I (3cr hrs.)   This course will introduce students to the basic skills necessary to research news stories record, select and debit audio material, write, edit and produce radio news stories and newscasts for broadcast.   Prerequisite: JOUR 111 introduction to broadcast journalism

JOUR 132 Internet  journalism (2cr.hrs.)        The course introduces students to the internet and will provide skills needed to effectively use it. Students will also learn reporting, writing and editing stories for interactive media particularly the internet. They will be exposed to the various search engines of the World Wide Web and how to gather and develop information in the newsroom.    Prerequisites COMP 101

SANT 201 Introduction to sociology (3cr. hrs)       Introduces the subject matter of sociology; some of the ideas of the classical sociological thinkers; definitions of various sociological concepts (social values, social norms, culture); basic elements of social life (groups, institutions, society);social change; social processes (stratification, social class).

FLEn 205 Fundamentals of literature (3cr. hrs)    This course deals with different characteristics of oral and written literature, different literary genres such-as prose, fiction poetry, and drama

RAJR 211 Radio program production I (3cr. hrs)     This course will introduce students to the characteristics of the medium. It also enables them to be familiarized with radio program productions that enhance them to get acquainted with different radio program formats.    

JOUR 221 Mass media language and translation (3cr.hrs)     This course begins with the treatment of the different definitions, characteristics and functions of language as well as the main causes of linguistic variation. Principles, techniques and problems of translating news from source language to receptor language. Emphasis is given to agency copy translation and editing aiming at fidelity, readability and speed.

MCOM 201 Mass communication theories (3cr.hrs)   In this course students examine the nature of communication, types and process and enable them to understand the functions of mass communication. It also helps the students to familiarize themselves with models and theories of mass communication.    Prerequisite  MCOM 101 history of mass communication. 

RAJR 231 Radio news writing and reporting II (3cr.hrs)  The aim of this course is to enhance the skills obtained in part one and further the development of depth writing, giving analysis to an issue and events thus try to gather hidden facts for investigative reporting. In this course, students will learn together and edit information which are relevant for depth and interpretative, investigative news reporting. Newsroom organization and operation, compile news.

RAJR 0201 Radio broadcast I (1cr. hrs)       Production technologies and field practice and newsroom work (studio)in radio news reporting and editing ,including recording ofambient and actuality sound for incorporation in radio news copy. The report or the program shall be transmitted via radio 92 of the closed circuit system. After broadcasting the lab work shall be evalutes by peer groups and the instructor in charge.

FLEn: 206 Intermediate writing skills (3cr.hrs)   Integrating writing, listening and reading skills, paraphrasing, description, describing persons, places, objects, processes, narration, writing about events, expository writing.

RAJR 242 Radio program production II (3cr.hrs)  In this course students will be able to conduct different radio programs. The course wills also gave the student’s opportunities to produce and appreciate different radio programs

PTJR 252 Feature writing I (3cr.hrs) This course is designed for print and broadcast students. This course focuses on feature article story structures, and fictional or drama technical approaches of writing stories.   

LOWS 204 Introduction to civil law and persons (3cr.hrs) The making of laws, sources of law, classification of law the hierarchy of law, the repeal of laws, the   duration  of the application of laws. Tile, facts, events, juridical acts, nullified. Rights and duties proofs. The importance of personality. Concept of persons. Sources  of the Ethiopian law of persons. Physical  personality. Acquisition of  physical personality. Rights and duties of physical persons. Individualization  of physical  personality. Proof of  physical personality capacity of physical persons.

JOUR 262 Media research methods (3cr.hrs)         The course includes the historical development of mass media research, research methodologies, steps in conducting research, questionnaire designing and report writing.

RAJR 0202 Radio broadcast lab II (1cr.hrs)     Production technologies and field practice and news room work (studio) in radio news magazine, depth mews writing, giving analysis, investigating news stories writing and editing audio tapes and producing radio play nicks shall be applied with practical application. The program shall be broadcasted via radio 92 of the closed circuit system. Them it will evaluate by peer groups among the instructor in charge.

ENTR 201 Entrepreneurship   development (2cr.hrs)  The course “ entrepreneurship development” deals with definitions of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs; historical perspectives of entrepreneurship; the role of entrepreneurial resource in socio-economic development; entrepreneurship and innovation; entrepreneurial competencies; marketing and planning; and legal aspects of entrepreneurship .

272 Journalism internship (0cr.hrs)   Journalism internships program is compulsory to all broadcast journalism majors students will be attached to different radio TV stations and news agency organizations to exercise their capabilities. This program will be evaluated by assigned instructors during summer time. Prerequisite about 5 major courses in the department    

MCOM 301 Development communication (3cr.hrs) This course enables students to understand and appreciate definition, concept, and scope of development communication. It also enables them to conceptualize what social change is and how communication used for development of the country.

JOUR 311 Advanced reporting (2cr.hrs) The  course will introduce students to analyze how to develop and fine –tune the reporting frame works, and critically write different types of advanced reporting for newspaper and magazines and cover by  radio and TV programs of local government, ciyrts, health, econlomics, politics etc. Prerequisite: PRJR 122 news writing and reporting

JOUR 321 Introduction to public relations (3cr.hrs) This course will introduce students to the evolution, concept, and influence of public relation. It also provides opportunities to introduce public relations writing its scientific and ethical approaches in the process. It also enables them the techniques of measuring public opinion and its application and equip them with ethical, moral and legal responsibilities of public relations.

JOUR 341 Broadcast announcing and performance (3cr.hrs)  The fundamentals of voicing and nature of speech will be examined. Definitions of commercials and public service announcements (P.S.A), Advertising Agencies, Ethical considerations length and placements of commercial and PSA, writing styles and techniques, and types of commercials shall be emphasized. Review of performance technique and types of commercials shall be emphasized. Review of performance techniques with regard to mic and camera as well as of performance types such as actor, continuity announcer, disc- joker, news reporter, interviewer, in master of ceremonies and narrator will be treated.

JOUR 331 Media law and ethics (3cr.hrs)      This course will introduce students to the study of basic legal and ethical issues in the media. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of these issues and the abikity to analyze the important ethical and legal issues involved with the mass media industry.   

RAJR 0303 Radio broadcast lab III (1cr.hrs) Production technologies studio and field work in radio talk shows, drama and Q/A programs including scripting and directing in the studio shall be applied practically in the lab. The program shall be broadcasted via radio 92 station a closed circuit broadcasting system of the institute. The program will be evaluated by peer groups and the instructor in charge. 

JOUR 342 Media management (3cr.hrs) This course will introduce students to the study of basic legal and ethical issues in the media. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of these issues and the ability to analyze the important ethical and legal issues involved with the mass media industry.

PSIR 301 Global political science (3cr.hrs) This course explains the nature or global political systems, composed of governments, transnational actors and international organizations. It also outlines the there competing theoretical approaches to the study of global politics: state centric realism, a political economy approach to globalization and pluralist approach. Compare and contrast the assumptions upon which the there approaches are based.

JOUR 352 Investigative journalism (2cr.hrs) The course will introduce students to recognize the concept of investigative reporting. Steps of investigative reporting; tackling the big story and generating investigative story projects. Provides students how journalists dig, scrutinize records, documents, files and reporting.       Investigative story projects. Provides students how journalists dig scrutinize records documents, fakes and reporting.

JOUR 362 Educational broadcasting (3cr.hrs)    This course is designed to provide trainees an assessment of the role of the media, in education (potentialities of television and radio). Evaluation  of pedagogic approaches and production techniques for various educational and age levels of audience, production of supplementary materials, and teaching guides.    

JRAJR 382  Student project (3r.hrs) Production technologies, field and studio work to produce 15 minute radio mini documentary program , pertaining to issues like health, population, environment, culture, HIV/ AIDS, economy, family planning, agricukture etc. course adviser shall be assigned to consult and advise the student from the outset of planning to the final submission of the program project. B.TELEVISION stream  

FLEN 101 College English (3r.hrs)  Developing language skills: reading and listening for gist, identifying structures of a talk note taking from reading text and listening to lectures; developing basic reading skills and writing guided summaries; study in the use of word components collocation, clues for vocabulary development ; learning grammatical elements: relative clauses, modals, voice time clauses, conditionals, reported speech , developing spoken skills through pair and group work, self introduction, exchange of views on topical issues, introducing paragraph writing,

JOUR   111 Introduction to broadcast journalism (3r.hrs) This course is designed to introduce and familiarize students to radio and television medium characteristics, basic elements of radio / TV production, (production personnel and equipment), modern broadcasting systems, and basic news writing and copy editing with practical application to typical news stories.

MCOM 101 History of mass communication (3cr.hrs) This course will introduce students to journalism and mass communication, role and influence of journalistic media in particular.  It also enables students to know the historical development of Ethiopian media and function of their establishment. 

PSYE 242 Introduction to social psychology (3cr.hrs) The course attempts to introduce the student to the basic tenets of the field of social psychology with emphasis on topics that are relevant to this particular group of students such as the meaning and significance of public opinion and propaganda; attitude, attitude formation and attitude change; percussion; group dynamics inter group and intra group formation; social change revolution; and war, and nature and roots of aggressive behavior.

ECON Principles of economics  This is an introductory course with no prerequisites. The course covers basic topics in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. The microeconomics part of the course is designed to introduce fundamental economic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity cost the laws of demand and supply and elasticity. In addition, the functioning of a competitive market and the essence of short run production theory and profit maximization are covered in this part of the course topics related to the concept measurement and problems of economy wake performance are treated under the macroeconomic part of the course the objective of the course is for students to grasp the principles of economics. Prerequisite: Ethiopian economy preparatory program

COMP 101 Computer literacy (3cr.hrs) Different types of systems used at the work place such as manual, mechanical, computerized, and automated systems shall be introduced briefly.  Emphasis is put on computerized systems competes of a computer system: Data, software, hardware, and human ware are discussed in some detail.  The windows operating system is used for file, disk, and memory management tasks. Students are provided with work sheets that cover different aspects of the windows environment. In the 3rd part of the course word processing (WORD 97) is used to create, edit, format and further work on text document that includes pictures, organizational charts, and drawings.

STAT 102  Quantitative methods (3cr.hrs).   Quantitative method is a course in basic statistics. Statistical methods, and statistical inference, have become useful tools in every field of knowledge. Statistical approach to a problem may broadly be summarized ad: collection of facts, organization of facts analysis of facts and interpretation of facts it is intended to provide basic statistical concepts anf techniques the concepts and the techniques that are taught in this course should enable the student to extend their elementary statistical skill sand use these in the context of more advanced techniques. The course should enable the students to develop and ability to apply statistics in journalism this cores covers the following main topics: introduction; sampling theory; data collection and presentation; measures of central tendency and dispersion; simple liner regression and correlation; and elementary probability.  

CVCS 101 Introductions to civic education (3cr.hrs)  The course introduction to civic education deals with the meaning and purpose of civic education; survey of history of citizenship in general and citizenship in the Ethiopian context in particular; organ and evolution of constitutional practices; the state, citizenship and government; the history, theory and practice of democratic governance in the world with specific attention to Africa; meaning and nature of fundamental  human rights; harmful traditional practices and the state of human rights in the federal democratic republic of Ethiopia (FDRE); the role of political parties, pressure groups  mass media and international organizations in influencing democratization and respect for human rights; important societal values; skill building in mechanisms for democratization and management; and international relations.  Prerequisite preparatory program

PHIL 101: Introduction to logic (2cr.hrs) This cores attempts to introduce te fundamental concepts of logic anf methods of logical reasoning. The purpose of the course is to develop in learned the skills require to contract sound arguments of their own and the ability to critically evaluate the arguments of others; cultivate the habits of critical thinking   and develop sensitivity to the clear and accurate use of language. Lectures, classroom discussion exercises, and home work will be used to deliver the course.

FLEN 201: Sophomore English (3cr.hrs)  Basic writing skills producing grammatically correct and meaningful sentences, combining sentences subordination and co ordination, topic sentence details in paragraphs, concluding sentences principles of writing unity coherence , emphasis, interest patterns of paragraph  development : cause- effect, illustration, definition, identification, combination method topic selection, outlining, drafting , revising essadys, mechanics of writing punctuation, capitalization, word frequently misspelled and confused, indentation, essays of different discourse.     Prerequisite: FLLEn 101 college English

Econ 102 Topics on the Ethiopian economy (3cr.hrs)  Introduction to the structures of the Ethiopian economy, the agricultural, industrial and financial sectors of Ethiopia the foreign trade and the economic reform

TVJR 122 Television news writing and reporting I (3cr.hrs) The course deals with an overview of job titles and duties of TV production personnel, in TV news room structure picture and script components with a focus on TV news formats and scripting with graphics titles and anchor sources of news or video tapes including shot compositions and debiting wri8ting and scripting; writing to tape (scene-by-scence, as a flow, writing away) and scripting with anchor coice over, sound bites and lead- ins to reports.

JOUR 132 Internet journalism (3cr.hrs) The course introduce students to the internet and will provide skills needed to effectively use it students will also learn reporting writing and editing stories for interactive media particularly the internet they will be exposed to the various search engine of the world  wide web and how to gather and develop information in the newsroom

SANT 201 Introduction to sociology (3cr.hrs) Introduces the subject matter of sociology; some of the ideas of the classical sociological thinkers; definitions of various sociological concepts (social values, social norms, culture); basic elements of social llife (groups institutions society); social change; social processes (stratification, social class)     

FLEN 205 Fundamentals of literature (3cr.hrs) This course deals with different characteristics of oral and written literature, different literary genres such as prose, fiction, poetry, and drama

JOUR 221 Mass media language and translation (3cr.hrs)   This course begins with the treatment of the different definitions, characteristics and functions of language as well as the main causes of linguistic variation. Principles, technique and problems of translating news from source language to receptor language emphasize is given to agency copy translation and editing aiming at fidelity, readability and speed

MCOM 201 Mass communication theories (3cr.hrs)  In this course students examine the nature of communication, types and process and enable them to understand the functions of mass communication it also helps the  students to familiarize themselves with models and theories of mass communication.  Prerequisite MCOM History of Mass Communication 

TVJR 211 Television news writing and reporting II (3cr.hrs) Shooting the story: testing and management of equipment, basic camera techniques and interview shots interview techniques: writing and record narration; on mic and camera stand ups shall be treated. On the third unit, basic story coverage that includes special events (crimes, trials, news conference public hearings, speeches etc) and planned events like feature stories news magazine shows will be treated.

TVJR 201 Radio broadcast Lab I (1cr.hrs)  Production technologies and field work and studio work in television news writing and editing including prepaeing the story, putting the pieces together and editing videotaped news stories and producing television news castes. The programs shall be broascated via TV 95 station in the closed circuit system of the institution. Then it will be evaluated by peer groups and the instructor.

FLEN: 206 Intermediate writing skills (3cr.hrs) Integrating writing, listening and reading skills, paraphrasing, description, describing persons, places, objects, processes, narration, writing about events, expository writing.

TVJR 232 Television program production I (3cr.hrs) This course is designed to give trainees the skills in writing, analyzing evaluating an directing and producing interview shows, discussion programs music and variety shows, discussion programs music and variety shows, magazine shows special events and big remotes.

TVJR 0202 Television broadcast Lab II (3cr.hrs) Production technologies and field work and studio work in television news magazine writing and editing including shooting and editing video taped stories and producing the TV play backs. The program shall be broadcasted via TV 95 station in the closed circuit system of the institute after the broad cast the program   shall be evaluated with peer groups and the instructor.

PTJR 252 Feature writing I (3cr.hrs) This course is designed for print and broadcast students. This course focuses on feature article story structures, and fictional lor drama technical approaches of writing stories.   

LAWS 204 Introduction to civil law and persons (3cr.hrs) The making of laws, sources of law. Classification  of laws. The hierarchy of laws. The repeal of laws.  The   duration of the application  of laws. Tile,  facts, events, juridical acts, nullities. Rights   and duties proofs. The importance  of personally. Concept of persons. Sources of the Ethiopian law of persons. Physical personality. Acquisition  of physical personality. Rights and duties of physical  persons. Individualization  of physical personality. Proof of physical personality. Capacity of physical persons.

 JOUR 262 Media research methods (3cr.hrs) The cause includes the historical development of mass media research, research methodologies, and steps in conducting research, questionnaire designing and report writing.

ENTR 201 Entrepreneurship development (3cr.hrs)     The course “entrepreneurship development” deals with definitions of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs; historical perspectives of entrepreneurship; the role of entrepreneurial resource in socio-economic development; entrepreneurship and innovation; entrepreneurial competencies; marketing and planning; and legal aspects of entrepreneur ship.  

JOUR 272 Journalism Internship (0cr.hr)  Journalism internships program is compulsory to all broadcast journalism majors. Students will be attached to different radio/TV stations and news agency organizations to exercise their capabilities. This program will be evaluated by assigned instructors during summer time.           Prerequisite about 5 major courses in the department 

MOCOM 301 Development communication (3cr.hrs)  This course enables students to understand and appreciate definition, concept, and scope of development communication. It also enables them to conceptualize what social change is and how communication used for development of the country.

JOUR 311 Advanced reporting (3cr.hrs) The course will intendance students to analyze how to develop and fine-tune the reporting frame works, and critically write different types of advanced reporting for newspaper and magazines and cover by radio and TV programs of local government , courts, health, economics, politics etc.       

JOUR 321 (3cr.hrs) Introduction to public relations These courses will introduce students to the evolution, concept, and influence of public relation. It also provide opportunities to introduce public relations writing, its scientific and ethical approaches in the .it also enable the m the techniques of measuring public  opinion and its application and equip them with ethical, moral and legal responsibilities or public relations. 

JOUR 341 Broadcast announcing and performance (3cr.hrs) The fundamentals of voicing and nature of speech will be examined.  Definitions of commercials and public service announcements (P.S.A), advertising agencies, ethical consideration, length and placements of commercial and PSA, writing styles and techniques, and typed of commercials shall be emphasized. Review of performance techniques with regard to mic and camera as well as of performance types such as actor, continuity announcer, disc-jokers, news reporter, interviewer, in master of ceremonies and narrator will be treated.

JOUR 331 Media law and ethics (3cr.hrs) This course will introduce students to the study of basic legal and ethical issued in the media. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of these issues and the ability to analyze the important ethical and legal issues involved with the mass media industry.

TVJR 351 Television program production II (3cr.hrs) This course is designed to provide students and introduction to television production industry, various format, of television programs and what producing is all about, planning and producing, techniques of writing, approaches and styles of writing TV programs with a focus on news, features dramas, and mini documentaries.

TVJR 303 Television broadcast Lab III  Production technologies and studio work and field work in television talk shows (panel, interview and discussion) programs production, including scripting directing, and producing will be treated. The program shall be broadcasted via TV 95 station in the closed circuit system of the institution. After the telecast the program will be evaluated

JOUR 342 Media management (3cr.hrs) This course will introduce students to the study of basic legal and ethical issues in the media. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of these issues and the ability to analyze the important ethical and legal issues involved with the mass media industry.

JOUR 362 Educational broadcasting (3cr.hrs) This course is designed to provide trainees and assessment of the role of the media, in education (potentialities of television and radio). Evaluation  of pedagogic approaches and production techniques for various educational and age levels of audiences, production of supplementary material, and teaching guides.

PSIR 301 Global political science (3cr.hrs)  This course explains the nature or global political systems, composed o governments, transnational actors and international organizations. It also outlines the three competing theoretical approaches to the study of global politics: statement realism, a political economy approach to globalization and pluralist approach. Compare and contrast and contrast the assumptions upon which the three approaches are based.

JOUR 352 Investigative journalism (2cr.hrs) The course will introduce students to the concept of investigative reporting. Instruction covers steps of investigative reporting; tackling the big story and generating investigative story projects. Students will learn how journalists dig and scrutinize records, documents, files and reports.     Prerequisite: JOUR 307 advanced reporting

RAJR 372 Student project (3cr.hrs) Students will produce 10-15 minutes television mini-documentary program pertaining to issues like health, agriculture, environment, culture, population, economy, education etc.   Students will be assigned to an advisor who will guide them from planning to post production, providing them with hands on practice on various technologies as they apply them to field and studio work.