TR @ 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
A. COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES
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:
B. COURSE ACTIVITIES
3. PERSONAL JOURNAL – this assignment is worth 200 points
4. FINAL EXAM – this assignment is worth 100 points
C. COURSE GRADES
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. If you know you’ll be out of town on a due date, turn in your work early. A late assignment earns a zero for points.
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.
E. COURSE POLICIES
Plagiarism and cheating:
6. Senior Portfolio: 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 Assoc. 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 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: http://finearts.mwsu.edu/masscomm/pdf/senior-portfolio-rev.pdf and http://finearts.mwsu.edu/masscomm/pdf/senior-portfolio-faq.pdf
7. Other: You may be asked to provide your assignments on a portable computer medium (e.g., jump/thumb drive) or by email.
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.