Creation of the Advertising Message

Course Details

Course Number: MCOM-3823  Section Number: 201

Spring 2014

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B127

Days & Times:

MWF @ 9 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.



Course Attachments

Spring 2014 Creation SyllabusPDF version of the Spring 2014 syllabus for MCOM-3823, Creation of the Advertising Message.   creation syllabus spg 14-20140112-135359.pdf

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Liz Minden   
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Course Objectives
As its title implies, this class focuses on planning and executing advertising messages.  You will become acquainted with the principles of creative strategy and the methods to implement these strategies to create effective messages for an ad campaign.
 
Course discussions combine many of the principles and methods you learned in other mass communication courses (e.g., persuasion, marketing methods, media characteristics, and research techniques). Course exercises and homework assignments support lecture material to help you understand and apply creative advertising techniques.
 
This course stresses a practical approach to planning, developing, designing and writing advertising messages for a client.  By the end of this course, you should be able to:
 
1. Critically evaluate advertisements and their effectiveness, including your own.
2. Think in terms of marketing and advertising objectives when developing a creative strategy.
3. Use product/service information to translate features into consumer benefits.
4. Create effective ads for various media that are:
a. Written from the consumer’s viewpoint.
b. Persuasive.
c. Cohesively written and designed.
d. Appropriately formatted for the medium.
5. Present their advertising concepts and creative executions to a small group.
 

Course Expectations
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
 
1. Four Major Homework Assignments: 100 points each
 
2. Approximately 6 In-class Exercises: 25 points each
 
3. A final project: 150 points
 
4. Campaign Creative Presentation: 50 points
 
 

Grading Standards
Course Standards:
 
Producing great ideas makes you successful in the advertising world. For this course, you should strive to meet professional standards of quality and you must meet deadlines. Assignments will not graded as much on technical skills, as on clear evidence of the thought behind them: your use of advertising principles; application of course material and creative concepts; and originality in solving a client’s advertising problem. Your work should demonstrate professional attention to details; a creative strategy and tactics that are clearly based on research, advertising goals and the target market; and, sound design principles with persuasive copy that are appropriate for the target market and the medium.
 
You also will be expected to adequately explain your advertising campaign’s creative strategy and executions to a small group. In advertising, it’s not enough to generate great ideas; you must be able to defend them and generate acceptance of them. 
 
General grading criteria include:
* Evidence of creative strategy
* Freshness/originality of ideas
* Campaign consistency
* Professionalism of creative executions
* Ad’s appropriateness to medium
* Ad’s appropriateness to audience
Grading Policies:
 
1. Late work will not be accepted.  A late assignment earns a zero for points.  
2. Fabricating information or using another’s work as your own earns you an “F” for the course.  (See “Course Policies” #2.)
3. Points will be deducted from assignments that have numerous grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors.  Although advertising copy often includes misspelled words (“lite,” “nite,” etc.), you cannot take “creative license” for this course unless you can make the case that it is absolutely necessary from a creative standpoint.
4. Mechanical requirements for each assignment will be provided on the assignment handout and must be adhered to.  These will be part of the assignment grading criteria.
5. Your ability to make up any missed assignment is at the discretion of the instructor.
6. Numerical grades are awarded for each assignment.  To determine your grade for the course, assignment grades will be totaled and then divided by the total number of possible points for the assignments in order to derive a percentage. The grading scale is:
 
       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 adjust or cancel assignments as the course progresses.  If for some reason assignments total somewhat more or fewer than those listed, the method of calculating the final grade will remain the same:  the total points you  achieve will be divided by the total points possible to obtain a percentage, and your grade will be assigned according to the percentage scale outlined above.
 

Final Exam5/5/2014  8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Submission Format Policy
Points will be deducted from assignments that have numerous grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors.  Although advertising copy often includes misspelled words (“lite,” “nite,” etc.), you cannot take “creative license” for this course unless you can make the case that it is absolutely necessary from a creative standpoint.
 
Mechanical requirements for each assignment will be provided on the assignment handout and must be adhered to.  These will be part of the assignment grading criteria.


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late work will not be accepted.  A late assignment earns a zero for points.


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance:  Students are expected to attend, be on time for and participate in class.  The instructor reserves the right to drop any student who misses more than three class periods.  Makeup work for any absence is at the discretion of the instructor.


Other Policies
COURSE POLICIES
 
1. Attendance:  Students are expected to attend, be on time for and participate in class.  The instructor reserves the right to drop any student who misses more than three class periods.  Makeup work for any absence is at the discretion of the instructor.
 
2. Plagiarism and cheating:  The MSU Student Honor Creed, found in both your student handbook and the university catalog, includes the statement:  “As an MSU student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so.”
 
 
Plagiarism, lying and cheating include, but are not limited to:  fabricating information and sources, copying material from publications without crediting the author, turning in another student’s work as your own, and copying quiz/exam answers from another person.  STUDENTS FOUND CHEATING, PLAGIARIZING OR MAKING UP INFORMATION WILL RECEIVE AN “F” FOR THIS COURSE.
 
3. Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act: Any student with a disability that may prevent full participation in this course should notify the instructor at the beginning of the course to ensure that alternatives may be found to provide the student with full class participation.
 
4. Limited Right:  By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. This “limited right” shall include, but shall not be limited to, the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.
 
5. FERPA:  The instructor abides by the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  The instructor also will not release a student’s academic information or discuss a student’s academic progress or class attendance with his/her parent or guardian.  Additionally, the instructor will not discuss a student’s grades with him/her in class, over the phone or by email.  STUDENTS WHO HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR GRADES MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE INSTRUCTOR.
 
6. Disruptive Behavior:  Anyone disrupting the class – or violating any other Standard of Conduct applicable to the classroom environment – will be dropped from the course.  (See MSU Student Handbook, “Standards of Student Conduct.”)
 
a. Turn off the sound on your cell phone during class.  No text messaging either.  If your phone rings or you’re found sending a text-message during class, you will be dropped from the course.
b. Turn off your iPods and similar technology.  Like ringing cell phones, this is a class disruption issue and you will be dropped from the course if you do not comply.
c. Be polite.  Discourtesy of any kind will not be tolerated.
 
7. Senior Portfolio:
 
Please note that all mass communication majors are required to submit a portfolio as part of their internship course, which is a pre-requisite for Senior Production.  This requirement is a part of MSU’s reaccreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is non-negotiable.  Through the portfolio, students are required to demonstrate communication competence through the written word and visual communication; two examples of each competency are required.
 
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”).  These handouts are also available on the department web page:  http://finearts.mwsu.edu/masscomm/.
 
8. Other:
a. You may be asked to provide your assignments on a thumb/jump drive. Be sure to back up your work on such a device, just in case your computer crashes or you are asked to turn in your work this way.
b. Do not email your assignments to me. You are expected to print out and turn in hard copies of your assignments for this course. You may use the Mass Communication Department computer lab for this purpose. However, you must have a signed equipment agreement on file with the department if you wish card-key access to the lab.
 
BE AWARE THAT the instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus for any reason, and will give you sufficient notice if any changes are necessary.
 

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