|Lokakarya Praktikum Lab Komunikasi di UMM IN
Entering the implementation of new curriculum of 2010, Communication Department started preparing practicum services with the new system. The department, accredited 'A' from State Accreditation Board, ended the 2005 curriculum this year. It was then necessary to arrange new mechanisms for the implementation of practicum for the next semesters.
The Chief of Communication Department Dra Frida Kususmastuti, MSI, stated that in this new curriculum, the department still had three concentrations, namely Public Relations, Journalism and Media Studies, and Audio Visual. It was not like the previous curriculum, the curriculum of 2010 was emphasizing the choice of concentrations on the practicum. And most of the lectures about the theory of each concentration remained the same. "Students who choose any concentration can follow the general course, so they will master the same theories and concepts," said Frida on the Workshop on Practical Communication Lab, Friday (12/24), at UMM Inn.
On the other hand, the head of the Communications Lab, Drs. Farid Rusman, MSi thought the concentration point on the differences practicum judged appropriate. The working world today required not only mastering theories, but also specific and depth expertise. The strength of Communication department UMM, according to Farid, was on the implementation of the practicum.
Discussing about practicum mechanisms, each concentration had three packages of practicum. Each packet consisted of the application of conceptual competence, technical skills, and managerial skills. "This is the difference between the graduate of communication department with a diploma or vocational school which emphasizes on its technical skill. UMM Communication graduates have not only technical but also managerial and conceptual skills. They will not only be a communications worker but also a professional communications," explained Frida. Meanwhile, students’ softskills were also expected to be built from students’ activities.
To prepare for the new model practicum, the lab was now inventorying the facilities and infrastructure needs of the main lab and support. Farid hoped, when the practicum time had come later, all hardware and software and manware were ready. "The results of this workshop will guide Communication Lab to prepare everything together with the department," said Farid.