Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism

Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism

This programme is intended to train professional journalists and communicators who have the requisite skills not only in the broad areas of journalism and mass communication but are also ICT savvy and well grounded in issues of economics and development. It targets those interested in the study of both print and broadcast journalism, business journalism, science journalism, new media, mass communication, public relations, advertising, integrated marketing communication and strategic communication. It also targets practitioners who are interested in improving their knowledge and skills to enhance their professional practice.
Students under this programme will specialize in any of the specialized options;

  • Journalism
  • Strategic Communication and Public Relations

 

Admission Requirements

Students will be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering degree program through three avenues:  Direct Entry, Mature Entry and Diploma Entry.

Programme Name Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism
Programme Duration 3Years
Admission Criteria

Direct Entry

A candidate shall be deemed eligible for consideration for admission to MCJ degree programme of UTAMU if the candidate has obtained:

  • The Uganda Certificate of Education (O’ level) or an equivalent qualification with at least 5 passess obtained at the same sitting.
  • At least 2 principal passes at the same sitting of the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education Examination (A’ Level) or an equivalent qualification.

Diploma Entry

  • To qualify for admission under this scheme, a candidate must possess at least a 2nd class (Lower division) diploma in the fields of journalism, media, communication or any field from a recognized institution.
  • The candidate must be holder of a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 passes obtained at the same sitting.
  • The candidate must be a holder of Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with atleast one principal pass and two subsidiary passes at same sitting in Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education ( UACE) .

Mature Age Entry Scheme

For admission under the Mature Age Entry Scheme, a candidate must possess specialised knowledge relevant to journalism and mass communication to ensure satisfactory completion of the course.  In addition the candidate must fulfil the Mature Age Entrance requirements of the University.

Mode Dual Mode (Online and Local Support)
Fee Type - Per Semester Uganda Shillings: 1,100,000

Programme Structure 

Details of the Programme structure are specified below with Contact Hours (CH), Credit Units (CU); where 15CH = 1CU. Contact hours are in form of Lecture Hours (LH), tutorial hours (TH) or practical hours (PH). 1CH = 1LH OR 2T/PH

Course Code Course Name LH PH CH CU
Year 1 semester 1 (5 cores)
MJ 100 Introduction to Mass Communication & Journalism 60 - 60 4
MJ 101 Journalism & Media  Writing Skills 15 60 45 3
MJ 102 Introduction to Public Relations 45 - 45 3
EC 100 Micro economics I 30 - 45 3
CS 101 Computer Applications & Systems 30 30 45 3
Semester load       16
Year 1 semester 2 (6 cores)
MJ 103 Introduction to Broadcasting 45 - 45 3
MJ 104 East African Media History 45 - 45 3
MJ 105 Introduction to Photo Journalism & Visual Communication 60 15 60 4
IT 100 Internet Technology & Website Design 30 60 60 4
EC 102 Macro Economics I 30 - 45 3
BA 107 Principles of Marketing 30 - 45 3
Semester load       20
Year 1 recess term
TM 100 Community Engagement I   450 225 5
Recess term load       5
Year 2 semester 1(6 cores)
MJ 200 News Reporting & Writing 15 90 60 4
LW 207 Communication Law & Policy 60 - 60 4
MJ 202 Media Ethics & Professionalism 45 - 45 3
MJ 203 The Art of Public Speaking 30 30 45 3
MJ 209 Specialised Writing 15 60 45 3
EC 300 Micro economics II 30 - 45 3
Semester load       20
Year 2 semester 2 (5 cores)
MJ 205 Development Communication 45 - 45 3
MJ 206 Newspaper & Magazine Editing & Design 60 30 60 4
MJ 207 Business Journalism I 45 15 45 3
MJ 201 Science Journalism 45 15 45 3
TM 201 Research Methods 30 - 45 3
(1 elective)
PA 101 Politics & Government in Africa 30 - 45 3
EC 301 Macro economics II 30 - 45 3
Semester load       19
TM 200 Community Engagement II - 450 225 5
Recess term load       5
Year 3 semester 1
Journalism  Specialisation (5 cores)
MJ 300 Contemporary Issues in Mass Communication &Journalism 60 - 60 4
MJ 301 Public Affairs Reporting 30 45 60 4
MJ 302 Radio Production Techniques 15 90 60 4
MJ  303 Public Relations Programmes 15 60 45 3
MJ 304 Advanced Photojournalism & Visual Communication 15 60 45 3
(1 elective )
MJ 307 International Relations 15 - 45 3
EC 305 Public Finance & Fiscal Policy 30 - 45 3
Semester load       21
Strategic Communication and Public Relations Specialisation (5 cores)
MJ 300 Contemporary Issues in Mass Communication & Journalism 60 - 60 4
MJ 303 Public Relations  Programmes 15 60 45 3
MJ 304 Advanced Photo Journalism & Visual Communication 15 60 45 3
MJ 305 Strategic Communication 30 45 60 4
MJ 306 Public Relations Writing & Production 15 60 60 4
(1 elective)
MJ 307 International Relations 15 - 45 3
BA 207 Public Finance & Fiscal Policy 30 - 45 3
Semester load       21
Year 3 semester 2
Journalism Specialisation (5 cores)
MJ 308 Multi-Media Production 15 60 60 4
MJ 309 Business Journalism II 30 30 45 3
MJ 310 TV Production Techniques 30 60 60 4
MJ 311 Media Management 30 30 45 3
TM 301 Project - 120 60 4
(1 elective)
MJ 314 Media & Democracy 30 - 45 3
EC 310 The Uganda Economy 30 - 45 3
Semester load       21
Strategic Communication and Public Relations Specialisation (5 cores)
MJ 308 Multi-Media Production 13 45 60 4
MJ 311 Media  Management 15 60 45 3
MJ 312 Integrated Marketing Communications 30 30 45 3
MJ 313 Public Relations Strategies 30 30 60 4
TM 301 Project - 120 60 4
(1 elective)
MJ 314 Media & Democracy 30 - 45 3
EC 310 The Uganda Economy 30 - 45 3
Semester load       21
Year 3 recess term
TM 300 Community Engagement III - 450 225 5
Recess term load       5

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