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CA 491 Senior Project
Youngblood, Steven


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CA491 Senior project

Semester

FA 2006 HOB

Faculty

Youngblood, Steven

Title

Asst Prof, Com Arts

Degrees/Certificates

MA-KSU; BS-KU

Office Location

co205

Office Hours

M-F-9-10; 11-12; T-Th-11-12; Other times by appointment

Daytime Phone

x6321

E-Mail

steve.youngblood@park.edu

Web Page

http://captain.park.edu/syoungblood/ca335.htm

Semester Dates

aug-dec, 2006

Class Days

TBA--see instructor first week of class

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

senior status

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
none.

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Course Description:

      Senior Project, sections A & B, is the capstone course of your education in communications at Park College. You will take 3 hours of senior project your next to the last semester, and 3 hours your last semester. It is designed to draw together all you have learned, not just in communications but in your General Education and Liberal Learnings courses as well.

    Think of the Senior Project as yours. Think of it as the application of all the fine things you have experienced in your undergraduate education. You will decide exactly what your project will be. Think of a project that you can plop on a prospective employer's desk and say, “I did this!”

    Think of it as the performance, not the rehearsal. It is designed to embody the work you will do in the world after you graduate from Park.

Educational Philosophy:
<P>I believe learning should be hands-on process, and that teaching should be done using a variety of tools and approaches<FONT size=3>. </P></FONT>

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Master the technology of radio and TV. You will demonstrate this mastery by producing technically-clean, technologically complex, creative, and original professional-level radio-TV programming.
  2. Evaluate and critically analyze your own work, and work done by others, and assess the progress you've made toward achieving professionalism as a broadcaster.
  3. Write, edit, and voice professional-quality radio products (newscasts, sportscasts, PSA's, promotional announcements, etc.) and TV products (news pieces, PR pieces, interview and other programming) that are accurate, timely, balanced, and reflect the principles of good broadcast journalism and professional broadcast production.
  4. Develop and analyze your own professional “voice” as you produce professional TV and radio programming.
  5. Demonstrate a professional level of competence in the broadcasting field. This will be demonstrated in the production of a radio or TV project that demonstrates a professional-level sophistication in the writing, announcing, shooting, recording, and editing of a major project. The project will demonstrate an understanding of FCC and professional guidelines, be thoroughly researched and well written, and technically sound, accurate, fair, and take into account diverse perspectives.


Core Assessment:

For Section A:



1.      10%--Two (minimum) meetings with instructor about the project.



2.      *50%--6-8 page paper detailing what your senior project will be about. Due in the middle of the semester. This will include: 



    a. A description of the project. What exactly will it entail?



    b. A strategy for doing it. What research method will you use? What professional skills will you need? What materials?



    c. A comprehensive list of criteria by which the excellence of this project will be judged. Your major professor, as well as professionals in your field, can be a strong influence here. Be as specific as possible, and remember: You are creating your own grade sheet.



   d. A timetable for completing the project. Be specific here. Break your project into sub-tasks, then have due dates during the semester for those tasks.



   e. A professional consultation. You will meet with a professional in your field, who will offer suggestions and comments about your plan. 



3.      40%--Preliminary work on your project. This may be shooting, or scripting, or other early-stage elements. You and your instructor will decide exactly what work will be due at the end of the semester. 



For Section B:



1.      10%--Two (minimum) meetings with instructor about the project.



2.      *90%--Senior project. It will be graded using the grade sheet created by the student (see C above), as well as using criteria established by the instructor. The project will be due the last Monday of classes, and late projects will not be accepted.


Core Assessment



Every course at Park University requires a core assessment. This is one major project or test, given during the last part of the class, that measures 75% of the course's learning objectives.


Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
<P>You will be graded on the professionalism of your produced pieces, and on your professionalism as a staff member of the Northland News. This includes attendance at our weekly broadcasts. See the grading plan at the end of this syllabus for more details.</P>

Grading:
<B> <P>GRADING PLAN:</P></B> <P>1. (60%) Individual grade for each Northland News. Grades will be distributed after each newscast/program, and will be based on the professionalism of your packages. A sheet of criteria will be distributed to each student.</P> <P>2. (20%). Attendance at weekly taping sessions. Newscasts will be aired live weekly, and your help is needed during this production. This includes producing copy for our newscast.</P> <P>3. (20%) Final project. You will produce a portfolio of your work as a final project. </P>

Late Submission of Course Materials:
<U> <P>I will not accept late work!.</U> This applies to all packages, VO's, scripts, and so on. The deadline for all packages and VO's is 8 AM on Wednesdays, and the deadline for all copy is 11 AM Wednesdays. Obviously, we can not air late materials. If it's not in, it's a zero. Contact me IN ADVANCE if you're having a problem, and we may be able to make arrangements for an alternate assignment for a later newscast.</P>

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Respect one another.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
<P>We will meet weekly, and produce a live newscast. Your packages/VO's will be done at your leisure during the week, but must be submitted by deadline.</P>

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Review of Literature contains more than 10 sources. Review of Literature contains 10 sources. Review of Literature contains less than 10 sources. Review of Literature does not contain any sources. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Research methodology is directly tied to the purpose and yields a rich data source that exceeds expectations. Research methodology is tied to the purpose and determines the information that is needed. Research methodology is not directly tied to purpose and does not yield the relevant information needed Research methodology does not relate to the purpose and does not yield relevant information. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Results and Discussion shows mastery of systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions related to purpose of study. Results and Discussion shows use of acceptable and systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions. Results and Discussion shows use of some acceptable and systematic research methods to discover patterns of human interaction and draw appropriate conclusions.
 
Results and Discussion does not show use of acceptable and systematic research methods and draws inappropriate conclusions. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Extensive use of professional-level vocabulary. Acceptable use of appropriate vocabulary. Rudimentary, inappropriate use of vocabulary. Poor, inappropriate use of vocabulary. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Professional mastery in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Meets acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Meets some of the acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Does not meet acceptable standards in all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Meets all General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? Meets most of the General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? Meets some of the General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? Does not meet the General Tests of Evidence: (1) Is there enough evidence offered? (2) Is the evidence clear and meaningful? (3) Is the source clearly and accurately cited? (4) Is the evidence the most recent? (5) Is the evidence typical? (6) Is the evidence internally consistent? (7) Is the evidence relevant? 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Project focus is clear, thoughtful and imaginative, sources are smoothly integrated and persuasively support the project focus, sequence of topics is smooth with a convincing rhetorical pattern, and there are no grammatical errors. Project focus is clear and sustained, sources clearly support the purpose, sequence of topics is logical, and occasional sentence structure or diction problems do not seriously distract the reader. Project focus is clear but commonplace, sources are not always relevant and critically discussed, sequence of topics is generally easy to follow but may occasionally wander, and there are enough mechanical problems to temporarily distract the reader. Project lacks focus, makes no use of sources, sequence of topics is difficult to follow, and has severe problems with sentence structure or word choice. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4, 5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Project contains all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research and is completed on a professional-level.


 
Project contains all five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Project is lacking one or more of the five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. Project does not contain the five project components: Introduction, Review of Literature, Research Methodology, Results & Discussion, and Directions for Future Research. 

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