COM125 Principles of Audio Programming (8)

In this subject students are introduced to fundamental techniques in audio program production and content management. Students learn basic skills in areas such as research, recording, interviewing, editing, writing and presenting audio programs. The subject aims to develop an ability to understand, analyse and reflect upon audio programming content in terms of production style, genre and techniques. They will learn to manage programming content for a variety of digital platforms in an authentic setting.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: COM125. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate fundamental techniques of audio program production;
  • be able to describe and produce audio programming formats;
  • be able to produce audio programs and associated documentation;
  • be able to write and present audio content; and
  • be able to critically reflect on audio content for radio and related platforms.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Audio content formats and genres
  • Radio studio and panel operation
  • Research and planning for audio programmes
  • Understanding audiences
  • Formats and production styles
  • Interviewing and writing for audio programming
  • Principles of editing audio
  • Content management in a cross platform environment
  • Evaluating and reflecting on content

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of COM125 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Podcast review
Podcast pitch and audio draft

Special Resources

This subject requires access to specialist recording equipment and studio facilities. On campus students can access these facilities in the School of Communication and Creative Industries' authentic learning spaces. Distance students will either need to access the equipment through a proximate community or commercial radio station or purchase suitable equipment for their home.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.