SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2P522881
Module Leader Margaret Timms
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Shorthand Theory L1 module

Summary of Content

This module provides an opportunity to those students who passed Shorthand Theory to go on and achieve, the higher, preferred operational speed for newspaper reporters and as specified by broadcasters such as Sky for all entrants, of 100wpm, a requirement for the NCTJ highest occupational award for working journalists, the National Journalism Qualification. The course will work on building speed development up to a preferred speed of 100wpm, and higher, but tests will be offered and marks will be accepted for module credit on a sliding scale at a minimum of 90wpm GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission.


Further advanced news/journalism word groupings and terms in outline Additional special outlines and short cuts Speed Development using recordings and NCTJ exam scripts / examples Further revision of some advanced concepts of Teeline Theory -567 An emphasis on importance of achievement of a very high standard of accuracy and neatness through practice at speed

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:" Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of full Teeline shorthand theory" Demonstrate effective deployment of Teeline shorthand at a minimum of 90wpm, preferably rising to 100wpm or higher" Communicate the longhand transcriptions of their Teeline shorthand with a high degree of accuracy and reliability" Communicate the results of their shorthand work accurately and reliably to an industry-recognised recommended operational speed

Teaching / Learning Strategy

- 2 hrs tutorials per week x 22 weeks: regular and consistent attendance is essential - Minimum 40 minutes per weekday directed study / practice, using set text, supplied materials, audio recordings, web materials, etc - 6 x 1 hr assessments/ class tests at various speeds and times in AB - 100% accuracy pass at NCTJ professional exam at 120wpm optionally to stand for 100% of Assessment - Passes at NCTJ professional exams at 90, 100, or 110wpm optionally to stand in full for Assessment, on an appropriate sliding scale of equivalent marks

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Cartwright, Marie (2009), NCTJ Teeline Gold Standard for Journalists, London: Heinemann Tilly, Anne and Mavis Smith, eds. 1992. Teeline Gold Word List. London: Heinemann Educational Online sources: student resources page incl flash cards and audio passages

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Self-confidence Self-discipline Self-reliance Independence Desire to go on learning Reliability Integrity Ability to prioritise tasks Time management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 138.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 44.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 35% Class tests at 90 /100 /110 / 120wpm, wks 10-12 Tri A, wks 6-12 Tri B, as appropriate to student attainment, up to 3 attempts permitted at each speed; OR NCTJ passes at any of 90 / 100 /110 / 120wpm