MWF @ 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of the development of mass media and the theory, issues and trends in mass communication. In addition to lecture information, students are expected to participate in class discussions, conduct research on mass communication topics, and read/watch current mass media news and information that will help them understand mass communication in an increasingly complex technical and global environment. By the end of the course, students should able to:
Like quizzes, these discussions will be unannounced and held at the instructor’s discretion. Students will be divided into groups and answer questions on the selected topic. All students in each group are expected to participate. At the end of the discussion period, each group will present its results to the class.
4. PERSONAL JOURNAL – this assignment is worth 200 points
a. This project involves keeping a journal of recent articles relating to mass media, your responses to these articles’ information and observations about your media usage. A handout detailing this assignment and its grading criteria will be provided very early in the semester.
b. DUE DATE: Monday, Nov. 21 – absolutely no exceptions!
5. FINAL EXAM – this assignment is worth 100 points
a. This will be a take-home essay exam that asks you to tie together certain course information and evaluate issues. You will be given a handout explaining the assignment and its grading criteria, as well as several days to write the exam.
b. DUE DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 7, by 12:30 p.m. – absolutely no exceptions!!
A = 90% -100% of the total possible points
B = 80% - 89% of the total possible points
C = 70% - 79% of the total possible points
D = 60% - 69% of the total possible points
F = Less than 60% of the total possible points
**NOTE: The instructor reserves the right to add or cancel assignments as the course progresses. If for some reason the number of assignments total more or fewer than the original number set for the course, the method of calculating your final grade will remain the same: the total points a student achieves for all submitted assignments will be divided by the total possible points for all the assignments to obtain a percentage, and a grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined above.
Late work will not be accepted.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend, be on time for and participate in class. The instructor reserves the right to drop any student from the course who misses more than three class periods. Makeup work for any absence is at the discretion of the instructor.
3. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act:Any student with a disability who is registered with MSU’s Office of Disability Support Services should notify the instructor at the beginning of the course if you need any accommodations to participate in this class.
As you go through this and other classes, you are responsible for saving course work that could be included in your senior portfolio.
Please see your instructor, adviser, the department chair or any mass communication faculty member for handouts with more information (“Mass Communication Senior Portfolio Competencies” and “Mass Communication Senior Portfolio FAQ”).
More information is available at:
BE AWARE THAT the instructor reserves the right to change ANY part of this syllabus for any reason, and will give sufficient notice if changes are necessary.