CA 115 Intro Electronic Communication
S1DD 2009 DC
Aitken, Renee F.
PhD - EducationMS - Telecommunications Engineering and ManagementMA- Organizational Communication
5:00 - 10:45 PM
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Educational Philosophy: Adult learning requires students to be engaged. Classes will be interactive with activities designed to increase understanding and involve students in discovery of information. A variety of media sources will be used to highlight and support the concepts being discussed in class. Because most work environments involve teams and groups, they will be used in class for activities.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
The core assessment for CA115 Introduction to Electronic Communication will be a take-home final examination. A copy of the exam is pasted below.
You will be writing four two-page essays on the topics listed below. You will write both the essays in category A; then you will choose two from among those listed in category B.
An acceptable (B-C) essay must do the following:
An exceptional (A) essay will do all the following listed above. It will also:
Essay topics—Category A. All students must answer both of these questions:
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
I will use a variety of assessment instruments including; attendance, participation in content discussion (peer teaching), homework, and exams.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
There will be no late submissions of course material. Homework will be turned in when you enter class and you should make a copy for yourself to have when we review the answers. Since you have the options of email and/or fax, it is my expectation that even if you cannot make it to class, your homework will be required via one of those two options. If you must be absent for an exam, a separate exam will be prepared for you and left in the Park Offices. You must arrange to complete it prior to the next class meeting.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Class will start on time at 5:00pm sharp.
2. Cell phones must be turned off or in the vibrate mode.
3. Do not plan or expect to stay for half the class time as you will be marked absent.
4. One conversation at a time.
5. Respect the instructor
6. Respect fellow classmates.
7. All homework assignments are to be done on time.
8. All homework will be prepared using Microsoft Word. No handwritten homework will be accepted.
9. Professionalism is expected by all college students.
Each week students will be asked to locate a current article from a newspaper, journal, or internet search on the topic for the week. These will be graded.
In class assignment on journalism – Class will be asked the characteristics of quality journalism across many media, and the role journalists play in society.
Position paper on Freedom of Speech – Students will submit a 1-2 page paper presenting their arguments on the impact of freedom of speech on the media. Papers will require citation of at least 3 references.
Network Diagram for Radio, Internet, or TV – Students will be randomly assigned to draw a network diagram of TV, Radio, or the Internet to help explain the differences in each type of media. The diagrams will be labeled and accompanied by a short explanation of what happens. In class they will be grouped by type and be asked to share their diagrams and build a composite diagram. Each team will report their composite to the class.
Midterm – The midterm will be a 3-4 page paper based on a current event regarding the media and require students to review the impact of the type of media (TV, Radio, Internet) has on the situation. For example, they might be asked to compare and contrast one facet of the Presidential inauguration from the three different types of media.
Paper on Impact of War of the Worlds- Students will listen to the radio broadcast of the War of the Worlds and examine the impact of that broadcast on society, and explain the regulatory changes that followed that broadcast.
Answer questions about history of TV- Students will be given a set of questions to answer regarding the history of TV – the questions will focus on censorship, societal norms, technology changes, and regulations. All answers will require a short paragraph.
FCC changing roles – This will be a brief 2-3 page history of the FCC and how it has evolved since its beginnings. They will be required to document on a timeline the history and implications of changes made to its regulations, and be able to discuss the role of the FCC today.
Students will also be assigned their final paper for Week 8.
Comprehensive Final paper
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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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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