TC 101: Understanding Media
Department of Media & Information
Michigan State University
Class hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:20am – 11:40am Location: C100 Wonders Hall
Instructor: Dr. Robby Ratan
Office: CAS 428
Office hrs: After class to 1pm & by appt
Office phone number: 5173553490
TA: Alex Leith (email first with questions)
Coinstructor/TA: Young June Sah (email 2nd)
E: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Alex: Weds, 24, in this video conference room
YJ: Mon, 1012, CAS 516
This course provides an introduction to and overview of the history and significance of mediated communication in our recent past. The course addresses… ● numerous media technologies, including print, radio, ﬁlm, TV, phones, the Internet, social media, and video games..
● the history, policy, industry structure, and ethics of such media. ● important research questions and findings of these media (e.g., effects of video games)
● To learn the historical development of the media industry, including newspapers, radio, film, television, the Internet, and new media.
● To learn about the concept of the information society and its economic, political, and social implications.
● To be informed about the social and policy issues affecting the information society. ● To be critically aware of the effects of information and communication technologies on yourself, other individuals, social institutions and society.
You may view the course schedule here (subject to change).
COURSE MATERIALS (REQUIRED)
Ratan, R. (2014). Understanding Media (Course Reader). San Diego, CA: Cognella Publishing. ● Order here. Print purchase grants digital access (software required) to first few chapters. Full digital access has printing option (from 1 device only) and expires after 6 months.
Straubhaar, J., LaRose, R., & Davenport, L. (2012). Media now: Understanding media, culture, and technology 9th ed). Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth Publishing. ● You can order directly here (possibly cheaper). 8th/7th edition are okay. Renting is okay. *Please note: this syllabus is subject to change throughout the semester. Please refer to D2L for the most updated version.
Desire2Learn (D2L) https://d2l.msu.edu: Assignments and other course information will be posted and submitted here.
Tophat – https://app.tophat.com/e/905837 (course code: 905837). ● You will use this website/app to respond to discussion questions in and out of class. ● Tophat is ESSENTIAL to our class, so please purchase it ASAP. ● You must use your MSU email address when registering. ● There is a $15 subscription fee.
● If you own an iClicker, you can get a $5 discount if you mail firstname.lastname@example.org a picture of the serial # of your iClicker. ● For help registering, email email@example.com or go here.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). [Electronic Version]. Retrieved from: http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/index.htm
(Also see: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/)
GRADED EXAMS AND ASSIGNMENTS
Main (InClass) Exams (45%)
There will be four exams during the semester (see schedule for specific dates). The first three are not cumulative and cover the materials preceding each exam. The final (fourth) exam is cumulative and will reflect work done throughout the semester. The exams will cover all available material (readings and lectures) and will be made up of multiple choice questions. The final exam is optional. Your three highest grades will be calculated in your exam scores—your final exam score will replace your lowest exam score (or be dropped if your final exam score does not exceed any of your three previous exams’ scores). ...
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