General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Jorge Oter Gonzalez

Trimester: First term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Daniel Torras Segura

Teaching languages

  • Catalan


Specific skills
  • E9_Apply the mechanical, electronic and digital principles of sound capture, amplification and recording for application to different platforms: shows, radio, television, audiovisual and multimedia. Postproduce the audio and add the sound effects of an audiovisual production

  • E10_Apply processes, methods and techniques to develop creativity and innovation in audiovisual production, multimedia development and video game programming

  • E18_Analyze the structures, contents and styles of television and radio programming according to the technical characteristics of their realization. Design, produce and make programs for television and radio in the technical part: production room or radio control, respectively

Transversal competences
  • T2_That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as one more member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, making commitments taking into account the available resources


The Radio subject offers us a practical and theoretical introduction to the narrative and operating principles of this traditional medium and other resources or radio channels. Throughout the course, the theory of the different most common formats of the radio medium, its language and technique is worked on, and, at the same time, the sound and technical resources with which a radio program is produced are experienced in the studio. The subject also deals with business and organizational models, as well as the adaptation of the medium to the new digital context.

The practices are mandatory and are carried out in groups of 4 or 5 people, depending on the task to be carried out. The practical sessions consist of the production, recording and post-production of signs, wedges, surveys, reports and magazines with a professional quality sufficient to be broadcast by a real radio station.



The syllabus of this subject is structured in six blocks of content that refer to the general areas of knowledge covered in the course.

Content 1: Characteristics of the radio medium

Activities 3, 4 and 7


In this unit we analyze the characteristics of radio as a means of communication and what elements are inherent and indispensable.

Related activities

Activities 3, 4 and 7


Content 2: Professional roles and technical elements in the radio broadcast

Activities 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7


This blog presents the professional roles involved in the design, production and broadcasting of a radio program. Reference is also made to the basic technical equipment of a station and to the most basic techniques in carrying out a program.

Related activities

Activities 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7


Content 3: The radio sound resources

Activities 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7


Reference is made to the narrative elements and sound resources characteristic of radio. This content deals with aspects such as:

- The locution

- The word

- The music

- Sound effects

- The silence

There is also an introduction to the radio script.

Related activities

Activities 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7


Content 4: Radio formats and programs

Activities 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7


This blog explains the writing and production techniques for each journalistic genre and each radio format. Specifically, the interview, the report, the news and the callsigns and the advertising wedge are worked on in more depth. The format of the magazine is also studied and practiced.

Related activities

Activities 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7


Content 5: Programming and business models

Activities 5, 6 and 7


This content studies what programming models exist, what characteristics each one has, what forms of organization broadcasters can adopt and what business models exist today in the radio field. The most important legal principles related to radio journalism are also discussed.

Related activities

Activities 5, 6 and 7


Content 6: The evolution and adaptation of the radio medium to the digital context

Activities 5, 6 and 7


It studies the communicative evolution of the radio medium throughout history, especially with regard to its contents.

The innovations of digital radio and the requirements to make a station are observed online. It assesses how the digital environment affects the production and writing of news and radio information in general.

Related activities

Activities 5, 6 and 7


Evaluation system

The evaluation of the subject is divided into the theoretical part, which has 50%, and the practical part with 50% of the final grade. In order to pass the subject, both the theoretical and the practical part must have been passed, otherwise the overall average will not be taken and the corresponding part will have to be recovered.

In order to be able to evaluate the practices, it is necessary to have carried out all the activities and to have attended all the face-to-face sessions. Attendance at face-to-face practice sessions is mandatory and if there are more than two absences, it will not be assessed: the practical part will have to be recovered.

The evaluation of the theoretical part (50%) is carried out by means of the following activities:

                                                                  About 100% of the theory

TEST 1 30%

TEST 2 30%

Analysis presentation about a station 20%

Activities and participation in class 20%


The evaluation of the practical part (50%) is done counting the following elements and works:

                                                                  About 100% of internships          

Program 1 15%                                               

Program 2 25%   

Program 3 40%

Group Report 5%

Individual report 10%

Attendance and participation 5%


The calculation of the final grade is:

FINAL GRADE = [((TEST1 0,30)+(TEST2 0,30)+(Presentation 0,20)+(Activities 0,20)) 0,50]+[((Program_1 0,15)+(Program_2 0,25 .3)+(Program_0,40 0,05)+(Inf.Group 0,1)+(Inf.Ind 0,05)+(Assist 0,50)) XNUMX]

Plagiarism in any activity or work represents an immediate zero in evaluation.



According to current regulations, only those students who have not reached 5 in the final grade of the subject or who have not managed to pass one of the two parts, theory or practice, will be eligible for recovery. Recovery will be only from those unapproved parts.

In order to recover the theory part, a written exam will be carried out in accordance with the methodology and objectives of the course.

In order to recover the practice, a written exam will also be carried out where practical cases will be posed and locution and radio exercises can be requested.



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