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Syllabus

January 13, 2017

Introduction to Electronic Media
3 credit hours: Spring 2017
COMM 1030 TR 11:10 a.m.- 12:25 p.m.
SRB 152

PROFESSOR: Clay Scott
OFFICE: SRB 206D
OFFICE HOURS:
Tuesday 8:30-9:25 a.m., 12:45- 2:10 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30- 11 a.m.
Thursday 8:30- 9:25 a.m., 12:45-2:10 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.- noon.
Or by appointment.

TELEPHONE: Office: 230-3361 (voice mail available)
Humanities Department Secretary: 230-3200.
EMAIL ADDRESS: Clay.Scott@VolState.edu

COURSE WEB ADDRESS: COMM1030.wordpress.com

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS:
Headphones
Microphone or Digital Recorder
Digital Camera (can shoot still/video)
SmartPhone (not required, but beneficial)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
“This course provides students with a fundamental, hands-on introduction to computer technologies that are being used by journalists to gather, process and circulate information. Students will study basic news writing skills, blogging, and multimedia presentations on the Internet, plus new technologies as they develop. The course will investigate how journalism and media are evolving to serve the public.”

PREREQUISITES and CO-REQUISITES:
Acceptable placement scores or completion of all Learning Support Competencies in Reading and Writing.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Students will demonstrate the ability to . . .
– Use and create pages using WordPress.
– Produce blogs, podcasts, sound and slide presentations, and videos for the Web.
– Develop multimedia presentations for the Web.
– Use the tools and understand the terminology of the Web.
– Write and edit online journalistic stories.
– Utilize the Web to research traditional and online journalistic stories.
– Understand the legal and ethical issues of the Web.
– Understand the opportunities and the challenges of the Web.

ATTENDANCE: Students should make every effort to attend all class sessions. Attendance will be counted from the first day of class. Unexcused absences will be a factor in determination of your final grade.

TARDIES: DO NOT BE LATE! The student is responsible for any and all materials missed. Quizzes will NOT be made up.

CLASS PARTICIPATION: In a “communication” class, it is expected and required for students to participate, verbally or otherwise, in classroom activities.

ABSENCES: There are NO Excused Absences, with the exception of: illness of yours and/or your child’s; a death in your immediate family; official Vol State activities (requires college notification); and court appearances. All excused absences must include documentation. If you miss a class, be sure to request any missed handouts when you return. You might also arrange another student to provide notes to you and pick up additional copies of the handouts.

INCOMPLETES: An “I” will be awarded to a student by the instructor only after careful consideration and extenuating circumstances. A student is not to assume that his or her crisis warrants an “I.” Any work not completed by the deadline will automatically result in the conversion of the “I” into an “F.” If a student merely quits coming to class, that will not result in an “I.”

MISSED WORK: An absence during an exam will result in the grade of zero (0) for the exam. Exceptions will be made only for a student who provides documentation for an excused absence and contacts the instructor prior to the absence.
Missed assignments and exams that have not been excused WILL NOT be be made up.
Note that it is not possible to make up work for daily assignments or quizzes.

CLASS SESSIONS: Classes may include lectures, discussions, videos, and in-class activities. In addition, some classes will be devoted to presentations and examinations.

QUIZZES/EXAMS: Exams will test the mastery of the material from the textbook and lectures/activities/handouts/discussions pertaining to only that portion of the term being tested. The tests may include definition, short answer, true/false, multiple choice, and essay questions. There will be six major exams, including the final exam. In addition to scheduled exams, there will be several quizzes and exercises to be administered at the discretion of the instructor, along with assignments, activities and presentations.

READINGS: All readings, in the book, handouts or reserved readings in the library, are expected to be read prior to class (not during).

ORAL & WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS: Each assignment will be discussed in class well before its due date. Please be aware that content, mechanics (grammar), and AP Style count as part of your grade on assignments. Students should make duplicate copies of all assignments. Written assignments, including presentations are due at the beginning of class on the assigned due date. Assignments, including presentations, received after the instructor has collected work will be considered late.

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of 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. Academic misconduct, in whatever form, will result in an F or a zero for the exercise or the examination. Please Note: Someone else logging into the course as you is academic misconduct and will result in the same responses as traditional classroom academic misconduct—failure for an assignment or failure for the course.

FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Students who have learning, psychological, and/or physical disabilities may be eligible for accommodations that provide equal access to educational programs and activities. It is the student’s responsibility to self-identify with the Office of Disability Services to receive accommodations and services in accordance with Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act and The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA/AA).  Only those students with appropriate documentation and who are registered with the Office of Disability Services will receive accommodations.  For further information, contact the Office of Disability Services at (615) 230-3472, online by visiting Vol State’s Disability Services website (http://www.volstate.edu/Disability/), or visit the office which is located in Room 108, Wood Campus Center.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: It is the intent of Volunteer State Community College to fully comply with Executive Order 11246, as amended, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended, and all regulations implementing those laws and orders, for the promotion and ensuring of equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or status as a qualified disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. It is the intent of VSCC to be free of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, or physical appearance.  It is the intent of VSCC to fully comply with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the CRA of 1991, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, as amended, the Age discrimination in Employment Act of 1976, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicable state statutes and all regulations promulgated pursuant theretofore.

TITLE IX POLICY: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. 20 U.S.C. § 1681.

FINANCIAL AID POLICY: Students who are receiving Title IV financial assistance (Pell Grant, Student Loan or SEOG Grant) must regularly attend class or be subject to repay PART or ALL of the Federal Financial Aid received for the semester.

CLASS SESSIONS: Classes may include lectures, discussions, video tapes, and in-class activities. In addition, some classes will be devoted to presentations and examinations.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY AND CHEATING: Academic dishonesty is a serious violation and students should be aware of the College’s policy.  The VSCC Student Handbook states the following with regard to academic dishonesty: “Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of 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.”

NOTE:  Only the enrolled student for the course may log into the course.  Allowing someone else to log into your course or logging into someone else’s course is considered to be academic misconduct and will result in the same responses as traditional classroom academic misconduct—failure for an assignment or failure for the course.

CLASS COURTESIES: Please turn all electronic devices off during the class period. Please remove gum and hats before making a presentation to the class. Do not bring children to class. Do not eat or smoke in class. Observe simple courtesies in the classroom.
*Please note that this syllabus is subject to change.

GRADING*:
Blog 200 pts.
Podcasts (3) 300 pts.
Sound and Slide 100 pts.
Videocast 100 pts.
Final Exam 300 pts.

* Please note that this syllabus is subject to change.

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