Syllabus

Subject to Change

CATALOG DESCRIPTION

Developing systems and methods of new media message delivery. Explores cultural, social, ethical, historical, and legal challenges of new media.

OVERVIEW

In this course we’ll combine study and discussion of new media (book larnin’), based on readings from the textbook and other readings or viewings, with practical work.

In the practical side of the course you will research and compile an audit on the use of new media by an academic or staff department or an on campus organization or club. The result of that research will be a white paper style report and a presentation about that organization.

COURSE TEXT AND READING

Textbook:

Levinson, Paul. Living In The Information Age: A New Media Reader, 2nd Edition. Wadsworth. ISBN 978-0-534-63340-0. (required)

Ordered for on campus bookstore. Widely available for sale and rent through online stores.

Reading:

As assigned.

Daily: Subscribe (free) to one or more of the following blogs. Read them daily.

The best way to keep up with blogs and websites is by using their RSS feed. You’ll need desktop or online software to read RSS feeds. I recommend Feedly, used in your browser, smart phone (iPhones and Android,) or tablet (iPad and other tablets.)

There will be other online resources that I’ll assign and recommend during the semester.

Accounts

You must have (or open), and keep up, active accounts for the following, as well as others as assigned:

You must follow/like/join/subscribe/add the accounts below:

  • Twitter: @mtsunewmedia, @emcmtsu
  • Facebook: MTSU New Media Page, MTSU New Media Group, EMC MTSU
  • LinkedIn: MTSU New Media Group, (Graduating Seniors) MTSU New Media Alumni
  • Google+: MTSU New Media
  • YouTube: MTSU New Media
  • Pinterest: MTSU New Media
  • Slideshare: MTSU New Media

Social Media Club

There is a new chapter of the Social Media Club on campus!

There will be at least three meetings of Social Media Club MTSU to attend this spring and you must attend ALL for credit. You should be an active member if you’re at all serious about this business. The mission of the club is “If you get it, share it.” And there will be lots of opportunities to do that all year round.

You will have at least three opportunities to attend a meeting of the Social Media Club Nashville during the semester. I travel to these meetings and can carpool. If there is enough interest I will borrow a school van.

EVALUATION/GRADING

You’ll be responsible for:

  • Commentary essays (10) on assigned readings or viewings
  • Weekly Blog Entries (15) on current events in New Media
  • Final Project

I expect professional behavior. That is your contract. In return you’ll be “paid” in accordance with fulfilling that contract. My side of the bargain is providing you with valuable work to do.

You may receive up to 1000 points this semester for the work that you do.

  • Commentary essays = 200
  • Weekly Blog Entries = 300
  • Final Project = 500
This translates into grades like this:

900 – 1000 points

A

800 – 899 points

B

700 – 799 points

C

600 – 699 points

D

0 – 599 points

F

Midterm Grades

The University has instituted a new practice of reporting midterm grades. Your midterm grade is based upon a small fraction of the work that will decide your final grade. Your midterm grade should not be interpreted as a strong sign of what your final grade may be. Most of your final grade will be determined by how you do in the second half of the semester.

MECHANICS, LEVERS AND GEARS

We will be using SOME of the Desire2Learn system assignment turn in, grading, etc. The link is available off the main PipelineMT page. Bookmark it and visit it everyday.

WE WILL NOT USE THE D2L EMAIL SYSTEM. All email between me and you is on our MTSU email accounts.

One bonus to D2L is the TurnItIn functionality. With this you will find ways to clean up your writing. That’s YOUR writing. TurnItIn also has a Plagiarism checker that I will use. (See the Academic Misconduct Policy section.)

ATTENDANCE

We take attendance daily. Regular attendance, active participation in class discussions, and a demonstrated grasp of major concepts are essential for obtaining a good grade in this course.

You receive credit for attending each class.

  • 2 points – on time or excused absence
  • 1 point – late
  • 0 point – unexcused absences

Excused Absences need a doctor’s note or discussion with the instructor before absence.

  • 3 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES will lower your final grade by one letter. 
  • 5 UNEXCUSED ABSENCES will result in failure of the class. 

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT POLICY

OFFICIAL

Plagiarism, cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class.  In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions, which may be imposed through the regular institutional procedures as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an F or a zero for the exercise or examination; or to assign an F in the course.  If the student believes he or she has been erroneously accused of academic misconduct, and if his or her final grade has been lowered as a result, the student may appeal the case through the appropriate institutional procedures.

CLASS

  • Cheating on an assignment – Fail the Assignment
  • Plagiarism in any regard – Fail the Course.

Another professor passed along these guidelines from Mindy McAdams’ Website at www.mindymcadams.com.

Do your own work. Be original. No copying. No fiction writing in this course. Never make things up. Never use other people’s words without quotation marks and the speaker’s (or writer’s) name attached. The proper use of citations of ALL material from other sources is required.

When you copy and paste from a Web page, you are committing plagiarism — unless you place the full block of text within quotation marks and give a complete and correct attribution for the copied material.

A “rewrite” of another person’s text (or Web page) is plagiarism. You must either quote it, or else write entirely from your own mind, your own thoughts, your own words — without copying from something else. You should attribute any and all uses of another person’s words.

The consequences are not negotiable. If you have any questions about what plagiarism is, or what academic dishonesty is, it is your responsibility to ask me — in advance of handing in any questionable work.

I take both academic honesty and journalistic credibility very seriously, and I expect all students in our college to do the same.

Copying a page or screen design is considered dishonest and sleazy. It is also more noticeable than you may realize — Web professionals will quickly recognize a page design that you copied and thought you had changed. The reflection on you is bad; in some cases, it would eliminate you from consideration for a job.

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

If you have a disability that may need assistance or accommodation, or questions related to any accommodations for testing, note-takers, readers, etc., please speak with me as soon as possible. You also may contact the Office of Disabled Student Services (898-2783) with questions about such services.

REPORTING LAST DAY OF ATTENDANCE

At mid-semester, the MTSU Records Office will distribute a list of students enrolled in this class. The instructor will record on the list the last date of attendance for students who have ceased attending but not officially dropped or withdrawn from the class. The attendance record is to comply with federal financial aid regulations for students receiving aid.

LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Do you have a lottery scholarship?  To retain the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship eligibility, you must earn a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75 after 24 and 48 attempted hours and a cumulative TELS GPA of 3.0 thereafter.  A grade of C, D, F, FA, or I in this class may negatively impact TELS eligibility.

If you drop this class, withdraw, or if you stop attending this class you may lose eligibility for your lottery scholarship, and you may not be able to regain eligibility at a later time.

For additional Lottery rules, please refer to your Lottery Statement of Understanding form (http://www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/forms/LOTFOD.pdf) or contact your MT One Stop Enrollment Counselor (http://www.mtsu.edu/one-stop/counselor.php).

The MT One Stop is now open and located in Room 210 of the Student Services & Admissions Center (SSAC).  If you have additional questions about financial aid, registration, tuition and billing and transcripts, please contact your MT One Stop Enrollment Counselor or come by the MT One Stop.

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