Read the welcome message: Contemporary Media, Getting Started, Winter 2023
Complete the Welcome Survey on Microsoft Teams no later than Thursday, January 5, 6:00 PM
A survey of contemporary media industries including their technical, economic, social, political and cultural implications. We will also examine the economic underpinnings of media, the role of advertising and public relations, and the policies that govern contemporary media industries.
This is a three (3) unit class: you’re expected to spend an average of nine (9) hours working on each module.
In this course, we will aim to accomplish the following:
This course will be conducted remotely over the Internet.
All course material, including links to graded assignments, is available on the course website at https://juanmonroy.com/winter. Assignments are are available on Microsoft Teams. We will not be using Blackboard.
All learning activities will be asynchronous, meaning that you will complete learning activities on your own time by the deadlines noted on this course website.
This course consists of twelve modules on contemporary media. For each module, there will be:
After four modules, there will be an exam on the material you covered.
You must complete each module, each quiz, and each exam by the deadline specified on Microsoft Teams.
We will not be using Blackboard.
Office hours will be held remotely. Sign up for an appointment at https://juanmonroy.com/officehours.
After you sign up, I will email you a Zoom Meeting link for you to join the meeting.
Queens College offers loaner devices to students who need them for remote instruction. Contact Queens College ITS for how to request a device.
The Media Studies department has a newsletter. The newsletter aims to offer students an accessible platform to be informed about campus and departmental events, and hiring opportunities within the field. With all that happens throughout the semester, The G Building News overs the projects of students and faculty to inspire creativity and potential collaborations.
“The G Building News. Stay Informed. Stay Creative.”
Subscribe today at https://qcmediastudies.substack.com.
Counseling Services are available to any Queens College student. They assist students with personal concerns that can affect their enjoyment of and success in college. Services are free and confidential. All sessions take place on Zoom or by telephone, depending on student preference.
To make an appointment, students should call 718–997–5420 and leave a message with their phone number and CUNY ID. You can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
We will use Microsoft Teams to submit your assignments. We will not be using Blackboard.
To access our course on Microsoft Teams, follow these steps:
If you’re having trouble, note the following:
Please complete the Welcome Survey on Microsoft Teams.
The survey serves to ensure that you can access Microsoft Forms and that you agree to abide by the course policies.
Please complete the Welcome Survey by Thursday, January 5, 6:00 PM. If you cannot complete this by the deadline, please email me. Otherwise, I will have to report you as not attending the class and you will be dropped from the course.
This course is broken up into twelve modules. Each module consists of:
Modules are released, one at a time, on Tuesday through Friday, for a total of four modules per week, and are due the following Tuesday at 11:59 PM. See the course schedule for exact dates.
Each module requires you to read a chapter or two from the following textbook:
Downloadable editions are available from the Open Textbook Library.
Note: this book is woefully out of date, but we’re using it because it’s available as an Open Educational Resource, meaning it’s free. The video lectures, in tandem with the textbook readings, are vital for learning about contemporary media.
Each module requires you to watch a recorded lecture. The recorded lecture is split into a series of videos, between three and five videos, and each video is between five and twelve minutes in length.
Each video contains captions and captions generated by Microsoft OneDrive.
In some cases, I will have updated the videos with new information and a slide will show different information than what I say in the audio track and what is documented in transcript and captions. In those cases, you should defer to what is written on the slide as it contains the most current information.
The videos move through the course material quicker than an in-person lecture. As you watch each video, pause and rewind the video as necessary to take notes on the material. This will help ensure you’re ingesting the course material.
Each video is linked on the course schedule below.
For each module, you will take two quizzes: one on the recorded lectures and another on the assigned readings.
Each module includes a quiz on the readings from the textbook. Each reading quiz consists of a mix of true-false and multiple-choice questions. The quiz will be available on Microsoft Teams as a Microsoft Form.
There will be a total of twelve quizzes. I will drop your two lowest reading quiz scores. The remaining ten quizzes are collectively worth 25% of your final grade.
Each module includes a quiz on the recorded lectures. Each lecture quiz consists of a mix of true-false and multiple-choice questions. The quiz will be available on Microsoft Teams as a Microsoft Form.
There will be a total of twelve quizzes. I will drop your two lowest lecture quiz scores. The remaining ten quizzes are collectively worth 25% of your final grade.
You are required to complete three exams. Each exam will consist of objective questions, a mix of true and false, and subjective questions, requiring answers in the form of explanations. Your answers to the exam questions should synthesize what you learned in the recorded lectures and the textbook readings.
Exams are available as Microsoft Office Forms, linked below on the course schedule, according to the following schedule:
All three exams are required and constitute 50% of your final grade. Your highest score will be worth 25%, your second-highest exam score will be worth 15%, and your lowest exam score will be worth 10% of your final grade.
All exams must be submitted by the deadline. No late exams will be accepted.
Please submit your work on time. Late quizzes and exams will not be accepted after the assignment closes on Microsoft Teams.
As the learning material is available asynchronously, you may complete each module as your schedule permits. However, the due dates for each assignment—including quizzes, lectures, and exams—are firm and must be completed on-time in order to receive credit. Please plan accordingly.
Exam 1 covers the material for the Modules 1–4 and is available on Microsoft Teams on Friday, January 6
Exam 2 covers the material for the Modules 5–8 and is available on Microsoft Teams on Friday, January 13
Exam 3 covers the material for the Modules 9–12 and is available on Microsoft Teams on Friday, January 20
No late exams will be accepted