Course Identification: This course is designed to give students a more realistic portrayal of television production. Writing, editing, shooting, directing, and editing will be emphasized.
Tuesday 8:30-9:30 11:00-12:20
Thursday 8:30-9:30 11:00-12:20
Course Management: This course will consist of three production exercises, an exam, and various daily assignments. Students are expected to be on time and attend class. After the third absence, the professor may drop the student from the course. Your peers are counting on you to be in class and to participate. A peer evaluation will be distributed after each group assignment. Finally, it is important that you treat the video cameras and all equipment with care. In short, if you break it, you buy it.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism comes from the Latin word plagiarius, which means kidnapper. Webster’s Dictionary defines plagiarize as to take (ideas, writings, etc.,) from (another) and pass them off as one’s own-plagiarizer. Plagiarism includes the deliberate as well as inadvertent failure to properly attribute. Every video exercise or production you do in this class should be the work of either you or your fellow group members. Anytime anyone outside the group shoots, edits, writes, or contributes to your creative endeavor it will be considered plagiarism. Violation of this policy will result in the student and/or group receiving a failing grade for this course. IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE…IF IN DOUBT-ASK! Students in this course should adhere to the MSU Student Honor Code.
Senior Portfolio Requirement
Please note that all mass communication majors are required to submit a senior portfolio before registering for the mass communication capstone course, Senior Production (October 1 for spring semester registration and March 1 for fall semester registration). This requirement is a part of MSU’s reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is non-negotiable. Students are required to demonstrate communication competence through the written word, the spoken word and visual communication; two examples of each competency are required. Students will not be admitted to Senior Production until the department chair certifies that they have satisfied the portfolio requirement.
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 me, your 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 also available at:
Privacy: Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university…thus; in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress, academic matters, or grades with anyone including your parents. Do not have them call me! You are college students and adults and therefore will be treated as such. Finally, I will only correspond with you via email if your full name is in the email address.
Final Caveat: The professor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus for any reason. Sufficient notice will be given if changes are deemed necessary.
Movie Trailer 25%
Assignments/ Quizzes/Participation 25%
*These are approximates and subject to some variance.
After the third absence you may be dropped from the course.