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CA 302 Communication Ethics and Law
Shepard, Candice L.


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.
CourseCA 302 Communication Ethics and Law PV
SemesterS2J2005
FacultyShepard, Candice L.
TitleAssistan Professor of Communication Arts/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesBA Speech Communications from the University of Illinois
JD from the University of Iowa
Office HoursAvailable 15 minutes before and after class and via phone and email
Daytime Phone913-254-9416
E-Mailcandice.shepard@pirate.park.edu
Semester DatesMarch 14, 2005 through May 7, 2005
Class DaysSaturday
Class Time1:00 - 5:20 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Patterson Media Ethics: Issues & Cases, 5th edition, McGraw Hill, 2005.  ISBN 007302192X – required

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


Course Description:
A study of the laws and ethics for journalists and other communicators.  The course will analyze libel law, privacy, and objectivity, responsibility, freedom of speech and censorship, and the role of the press in society.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Lectures, readings, quizzes, group work, class discussion, writing, and use of the internet are significant components of this learning process.  Students will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize information learned.

Learning Outcomes:
As a result of this course the student will:
• Identify and appreciate the need for professional ethics in journalism;
• Apply various philosophical principles and models to develop ethical decision making practices;
• Understand the basic law issues that are critical to occupations in the communication field;
• Discern how the media are shaped by the form of government in which it belongs;
• Gain proper perspective on the economic demands and social responsibilities of the

Course Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on their class participation, performance on quizzes, writing assignments, and a research paper.  There will also be opportunities to work in groups, and to be assessed based on individual and group performance.

Grading:
Quizzes: 7 quizzes administered minus lowest score = 6 quizzes:                60 points (10 each)
Group Presentation: 95
Individual paper:       105
In-class assignments (Internet, group, individual) 90
Total        350

Late Submission of Course Materials:
For each class period an assignment is late, points will be deducted.  No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Attend class and be prompt.  Class attendance is part of class participation, which is a portion of your grade.  Roll will be checked at the beginning of each class period.  Since tardy entry to a class disrupts the class, your lateness for class will receive a reduction in points.
2. Due to abuses by students in past semesters, there will be no excused absences.  You are either present or absent.  To partially make up for an absence, you must submit to the instructor by the beginning of the next class meeting you attend, an essay of one to two pages in length, summarizing the assigned reading for the class period missed.  The essay must be submitted by e-mail with the essay as an attachment.  IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE UP ANYTHING MISSED IN CLASS.
3. Be prepared for class.  This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.  Daily quizzes may be given at the beginning of class.  Tardy arrival at class will result in missing the quiz.  Quizzes may not be made up.  This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, and lecture.  You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work.  Your in-class participation is another portion of your grade.  Also, assigned reading will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
4. Written Assignments.  Periodic written assignments are required in this course.  For more information on both, please visit the Academic Support Center.
5. Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
6. Paper Requirement.  A paper is required in this course.  
7. Your grade in this course will be based on the following:
• Quizzes: In-class quizzes will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your preparation for class and your understanding of the assigned material. They also serve as a review session of a previous class reading and discussion session, and transition into the next issues to be discussed. Quizzes are listed on the class schedule to begin on the second class period and continue through the last class period. They will be administered during the first 30 minutes of class. Quizzes cannot be made up, but students will be allowed to drop the lowest quiz score at the end of the semester.
• Group presentations: Students will work in groups of three in an effort to present a polished research report on one of the cases listed in Appendix C of our text. Please cover the historical aspects and current day application of the case. The presentation style will be oral. Students must turn in a detailed outline of the presentation on the day of delivery, use at least one functional visual aid, and develop one or two questions to use in an effort to lead the class in a discussion on the topic. Each presentation should last from 30 to 45 minutes including class discussion.
• Individual papers: This paper will give you an opportunity to consider issues of ethics and law in regard to your chosen profession, or major area of interest. Students are encouraged to scan the issues of the text, and consider which concepts or topics you may encounter in your professional career. Papers should serve as a reflection on how a particular law or ethical principle will affect you as a professional. Develop a strong argument through your thesis statement and evidence you have found in the research effort. Students are expected to use parenthetical citation and list sources on a works cited page in MLA format (three sources required). Papers are to be three to four pages in length, formatted in 12-point type and one inch margins all around. Please develop a creative title for your work, and list it on a title page that includes your name, telephone number, course title, and date.
• In-class assignments: Students will have the opportunity to participate in in-class assignments during every class period. Please always bring your book and other materials needed for class. During every class period, we will work in groups to explore some of the case studies that are included in our text. Students will also work in the computer lab area every class period, to complete Internet searches and assignments that provide additional information on the issues covered in class.

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Meeting - 1Orientation & issues of plagiarism
Review First Amendment/class develop a tentative definition of “ethical communication”
Discuss Chapters 1 & 2
Small group activity & class discussionComplete a case development form
Work through the Book model of ethical decision making,
Computer lab: Internet assignment
Student groups report

Read Chapters 1 & 2 
Meeting - 2Discuss Chapter 3 Small group activity: assign case studies and development form
Computer lab: Internet assignment
Student groups report
Due: Group Presentation Topics – written note to instructor & schedule date
Read Chapter 3
Begin developing group presentation topic
Quiz – chapters 1 & 2, and plagiarism issues discussed in class
Meeting - 3Discuss Chapter 4
Small group activity: Assign case studies and development form
Computer lab: Internet assignment
Student groups report
Read chapter 4Quiz - chapter 3
Meeting - 4Discuss Chapter 5
Small group activity: Assign case studies and development form
Student groups report
Computer lab: Internet assignment
Group Presentations begin
Read chapter 5Quiz - chapter 4
Meeting - 5Discuss Chapter 6
Small group activity: Assign case studies and development form
Student groups report
Computer lab: Internet assignment
Group Presentations continued
Due: Individual paper topics – written note to instructor (working thesis statement)
Read chapter 6
Prepare working thesis statement for individual paper
Quiz - chapter 5
Meeting - 6Discuss Chapter 7
Small group activity: assign case studies and development form
Student groups report
Computer lab: Internet assignment
Group Presentations continued
Read chapter 7Quiz – Chapter 6
Meeting - 7Discuss chapters 8 & 9
Small group activity: assign case studies and development form
Student groups report
Computer lab: Internet assignment
Group Presentations continued
Due at beginning of class: Individual papers
Read chapters 8 & 9Quiz – chapter 7
Meeting - 8Discuss chapters 10 & 11
Small group activity: assign case studies and development form
Student groups report
Computer lab: Internet assignment
Group Presentations finished
Revisit our tentative definition of “ethical communication” created on the first day of class – finalize the definition.
Read chapters 10 & 11Quiz – chapters 8 & 9

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

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. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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
 
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