COM 225 All Five Weeks – Individual Assignments, Team work, Discussion A+ Solution

 

Course Syllabus

COM225
Foundations of Mass Communication

Course Start Date: 01/07/2014
Course End Date: 02/10/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please print a copy of this syllabus for handy reference.

Whenever there is a question about what assignments are due, please remember this syllabus is considered the ruling document.

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Facilitator Information                                                                                                      

Mabelle Reynoso
[email protected]  (University of Phoenix)
[email protected]  (Personal)
(619) 324-9492 (PST)

Facilitator Availability

I am available online from 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. PST on most days, but I attempt to reserve Saturday for my family. On Sundays, I tend to be online in the evening only. The best way to contact me is via email.

I want you to know that, should you need to contact me outside these time frames, you should not hesitate to do so.

For emergencies, when you are not able to gain access to messages on the Online Learning System (OLS), please send a message to my personal email address. In the event a third party needs to contact me, please direct them to my contact information listed under “facilitator information.” No third party should use your login credentials to gain access to the classroom.

Where to Go to Class                                                                                                       

Main : This is the main forum for the class and is where discussion is conducted. It has read-and-write access for everyone.

Chat-Room: This is a read-and-write access forum. It is designed as a place to discuss issues not related to the course content. This is the forum to which we will send our bios.

Course-Materials: This is a read-only forum, which means you can read messages here but cannot send any. This is where I will post the course syllabus and materials.

Learning-Team-A, B, C, D, E and F: These six Learning Team forums will be used as workrooms for the learning teams. You will be assigned to one of these learning teams.

Individual Forum: You will see one forum with your name on it. This is a private forum, shared only by you and me, the facilitator. Your classmates will not have access to this forum. You can ask questions here. However, if you have general questions about instructions of assignments, please post those in the Main forum, since other students may benefit by that exchange as well.

Where to Submit Your Assignments                                                                             

Assignment Section: This is where you will submit all formal assignments. Navigate to the Assignments link on eCampus. Locate the link to submit your assignment as an attachment. Learning Team assignments must also be posted in the Assignments Section. Each team should select one team member to post the Learning Team assignment on behalf of the Learning Team.

Course Description                                                                                                           

This course is a survey of the basic theories upon which our understanding of mass communication is based. Ethical and related problems of mass communication will be studied from contemporary and historical viewpoints. The course will encourage a critical analysis of the performance of the mass media

Course Topics & Objectives                                                                                            

Week One: Print Media

 

·         Describe the historical and contemporary roles of print media in society.

·         Compare and contrast major publications in print media.

·         Analyze the influence of new technology on print media.

Week Two: Electronic and Digital Media

 

·         Describe the historical and contemporary roles of electronic and digital media in society.

·         Explain how technological transitions shape electronic and digital media.

·         Analyze the influence of digital technology on electronic and digital media.

·         Describe research methods applied in mass communication.

 

Week Three: Mass Media Messages

 

·         Analyze the influence of new technology on advertising and news reporting techniques.

·         Identify the role of mass media in distributing public relations messages.

·         Analyze controversial issues in the entertainment industry.

Week Four: Mass Media Issues

 

·         Analyze the effects of mass media messages on society.

·         Compare and contrast authoritarian and libertarian styles of mass media.

·         Explain the interaction between mass media and government.

Week Five: Law and Ethics in the Mass Media

 

·         Identify laws that apply to mass media.

·         Explain how laws affect mass media.

·         Analyze ethical issues in mass media.

 

Course Materials                                                                                                               

Vivian, J. (2011). The media of mass communication (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

 

All electronic materials are available on your student Web site.

 

 

 

Point Values for Course Assignments                                                                           

ASSIGNMENTS

Points

Individual (70%)

 

Individual Assignment: Print Media Industry Worksheet (Week 1)

10

Individual Assignment: Electronic and Digital Media Industry Paper (Week 2)

10

Individual Assignment: Controversial Issues in Entertainment Paper (Week 3)

15

Individual Assignment: Media and Government Worksheet (Week 4)

5

Individual Assignment: Media Law Matrix (Week 5)

10

Discussion Questions (All weeks)

10

Participation (All weeks)

10

Learning Team (30%)

 

Learning Team Assignment: Annotated Reference List (Week 2)

5

Learning Team Assignment: Formal Outline (Week 3)

5

Learning Team Assignment: Mass Media Messages and Effects Presentation (Week 4)

5

Learning Team Assignment: Mass Media Messages and Effects Paper (Week 5)

15

Total

100

Week One

Print Media

 

·         Describe the historical and contemporary roles of print media in society.

·         Compare and contrast major publications in print media.

·         Analyze the influence of new technology on print media.

 

Course Assignments

 

1.     Readings

 

·         Read Ch. 1–4 of The Media of Mass Communication.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

2.     Individual Assignment: Print Media Industry Worksheet

 

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Print Media Industry Worksheet located on the student website. NOTE: You may use the Internet to research the information to complete this assignment.

 

3.     Learning Team Instructions

 

·         Resource: Learning Team Toolkit

·         Complete the Learning Team Charter.

 

4.     Discussion Questions

 

·         Discussion Question 1:   Post your responses to Week One DQ 1 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

·         Discussion Question 2:   Post your responses to Week One DQ 2 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

Weekly Reminders

Individual Assignment

Please ensure that you have met the objectives of the assignment. In addition, please ensure that you have satisfied the requirements of the assignment, including the word count and correct APA format.

Discussion Questions

Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.

Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.

Participation

All Week: Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 out of 7 days during the week.

Summary of Week 1 Deliverables

Assignment

Individual or Learning Team

Location

Due

Participation

Individual

Main

Ongoing – 4 days a week

Respond to Welcome Message

Individual

Main

Wednesday

Post Bio

Individual

Chat

Wednesday

DQ 1

Individual

Main

Wednesday

 DQ2

 Individual

Main

 Friday

Print Media Industry Worksheet

 Individual

Assignments Section

 Sunday

Learning Team Charter

Learning Team

Learning Team 

Monday

Week Two

Electronic and Digital Media

 

·         Describe the historical and contemporary roles of electronic and digital media in society.

·         Explain how technological transitions shape electronic and digital media.

·         Analyze the influence of digital technology on electronic and digital media.

·         Describe research methods applied in mass communication.

 

Course Assignments

 

1.     Readings

 

Read Ch. 5–7 of the text.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

2.     Individual Assignment: Electronic and Digital Media Industry Paper

 

·         Describe the role technology has played in electronic and digital media in a 700- to 1,050-word paper.

·         Discuss the historical and contemporary roles of media in society.

·         Describe how the chemical and electronic technology of photography, recording, and transmission has advanced from initial discovery to the present.

·         Describe how mass media uses these technological innovations.

·         Analyze how the development of digital technology has affected the content, distribution, and style of electronic media.

·         Discuss how the role of mass media has changed with these developments.

·         Cite readings and at least two peer-reviewed sources.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

3.     Learning Team Assignment: Annotated Reference List for the Final Paper

 

·         Review Ch. 13 of the text, especially the Lifestyle Effects, Attitude Effects, Cultural Effects, and Behavioral Effects sections.

 

·         Choose one lifestyle, attitude, cultural, or behavioral effect to analyze. Note: This topic will be the focus of all learning team assignments moving forward and this will be the subject of your final learning team paper. Each team member must research the topic and select two research articles from the University Library.

·         Provide annotated references. The team’s list must summarize each article and explain why it is relevant to the topic.

·         Identify whether this was an experimental research study. Explain what research methodology was used to collect the data in the article.

·         Format your annotated reference list consistent with APA guidelines.

 

4.     Discussion Questions

 

·         Discussion Question 1:   Post your responses to Week Two DQ 1 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

·         Discussion Question 2:   Post your responses to Week Two DQ2 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

Weekly Reminders

Discussion Questions

Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.

Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.

Participation

All Week: Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 out of 7 days during the week.

Summary of Week 2 Deliverables

Assignment

Individual or Learning Team

Location

Due

Participation

Individual

Main

Ongoing – 4 days a week

DQ 1

Individual

Main

Wednesday

DQ 2

Individual

Main

Friday

Electronic and Digital Media Industry Paper

Individual

Assignments Section

Sunday

Annotated Reference List

Learning Team

Assignments Section

Monday

Week Three

Mass Media Messages

 

·         Analyze the influence of new technology on advertising and news reporting techniques.

·         Identify the role of mass media in distributing public relations messages.Analyze controversial issues in the entertainment industry.

 

Course Assignments

 

1.     Readings

 

Read Ch. 8–11 of the text.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

2.     Individual Assignment: Controversial Issues in Entertainment Paper

 

·         Discuss a controversial issue you have seen in the media, such as violence, unethical behavior, racial or religious discrimination, drug use, or sexual content, in a 1,400- to 1,750-word paper.

 

·         Explain the nature of the controversy, why it is used, and how it would be different with the controversial content removed. Provide examples.

 

·         Find three mass media messages on the issue from different sources, such as a news report, advertisement, or press release. Discuss how each source presents a different side of the issue and how the media affects public opinion.

 

·         Discuss how new technology affects news and advertising. How does new technology affect the public’s perception of the controversy? Does the medium that presents the message resolve or exacerbate the controversy?

 

Cite readings and at least three peer-reviewed sources.

 

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

3.     Learning Team Assignment: Formal Outline

 

Prepare a 2- to 3-page formal outline covering the initial preparation for the final paper and presentation. The outline must have a thesis statement, major topics, subpoints, key supporting evidence, at least six references, and a conclusion.

 

4.     Discussion Questions

 

·         Discussion Question 1:   Post your responses to Week Three DQ 1 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

·         Discussion Question 2:   Post your responses to Week Three DQ2 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

Weekly Reminders

Individual Assignment

Please ensure that you have met the objectives of the assignment. In addition, please ensure that you have satisfied the requirements of the assignment, including the word count and correct APA format.

Discussion Questions

Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.

Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.

Participation

All Week: Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 out of 7 days during the week.

Summary of Week 3 Deliverables

Assignment

Individual or Learning Team

Location

Due

Participation

Individual

Main

Ongoing – 4 days a week

DQ 1

Individual

Main

Wednesday

DQ 2

Individual

Main

Friday

Controversial Issues in Entertainment Paper

Individual

Assignments Section

Sunday

Formal Outline

Learning Team

Assignments Section

Monday

Week Four

Mass Media Issues

 

·         Analyze the effects of mass media messages on society.

·         Compare and contrast authoritarian and libertarian styles of mass media.Explain the interaction between mass media and government.

 

Course Assignments

 

1.     Readings

 

Read Ch. 13–15 of the text.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

2.     Individual Assignment: Media and Government Worksheet

 

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Media and Government worksheet located on the student website.

 

3.     Learning Team Assignment: Mass Media Messages and Effects Presentation

 

Create a 10- to 12-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation in which you present the major points of your Mass Media Messages and Effects Paper. Include speaker notes and references. (Title slide and references slides are not included in your total slide count.)

4.     Discussion Questions

 

·         Discussion Question 1:   Post your responses to Week Four DQ 1 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

·         Discussion Question 2:   Post your responses to Week Four DQ2 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

  

Weekly Reminders

Discussion Questions

Discussion question responses will not count towards the class participation requirement and will be evaluated separately.

Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.

Learning Team Assignment

Please refer to the PowerPoint Tips document posted in Course Materials to ensure you understand the requirements of this week’s Learning Team Assignment.

Participation

All Week: Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 out of 7 days during the week.

Summary of Week 4 Deliverables

Assignment

Individual or Learning Team

Location

Due

Participation

Individual

Main

Ongoing – 4 days a week

DQ 1

Individual

Main

Wednesday

DQ 2

Individual

Main

Friday

Media and Government Worksheet

Individual

Assignments Section

Sunday

Mass Media Messages and Effects Presentation

Learning Team

Assignments Section 

Monday

Week Five

Law and Ethics in the Mass Media

 

·         Identify laws that apply to mass media.

·         Explain how laws affect mass media.Analyze ethical issues in mass media.

 

Course Assignments

 

1.     Readings

 

Read Ch. 16 & 17 of the text.

Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

 

2.     Individual Assignment: Media Law Matrix

 

Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Media Law Matrix located on the student website. Note that national issues are acceptable for the “local issue” portion of this assignment.

 

3.     Learning Team Assignment: Mass Media Messages and Effects Paper

 

Write a 1,700- to 2,100-word paper, using previous assignments, in which you identify and discuss the effects of mass media messages on society.

Demonstrate how the mass media may influence or create the effect in the public by distributing certain messages.

Determine if there is an unethical influence on the public.

Analyze the influence of digital technology as it pertains to your issue.

Select two peer-reviewed sources per team member in addition to specific examples from various sources.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

 

4.     Learning Team Evaluation

 

·         Complete the Learning Team Evaluation (available from the UOPX library) and post to your Individual Forum .

 

5.     Discussion Questions

 

·         Discussion Question 1:   Post your responses to Week Four DQ 1 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

·         Discussion Question 2:   Post your responses to Week Four DQ2 in the  Main  forum. Responses to each question should be at least 200 words and apply the concepts and teachings from the weekly readings.

Weekly Reminders

Final Week Requirements

Discussion question responses will be required during the final week of the course.

Only posts in the Main classroom forum will count towards your class participation score.

Learning Team Assignment

Please ensure that you have met the objectives of the assignment. In addition, please ensure that you have satisfied the requirements of the assignment, including the word count and correct APA format.

Participation

All Week: Remember to participate in the class discussions 4 out of 7 days during the week.

Summary of Week 5 Deliverables

Assignment

Individual or Learning Team

Location

Due

Participation

Individual

Main

Ongoing – 4 days a week

DQ 1

Individual

Main

Wednesday

DQ 2

Individual

Main

Friday

Media Law Matrix

Individual

Assignments Section

Sunday

Mass Media Messages and Effects Paper

Learning Team

Assignments Section 

Monday

Learning Team Evaluation

Individual

Individual

Monday

 

 

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