Use the review materials to study for the in-class final exam on Tuesday, May 21, 1:45 PM, including surveying the format of the exam.
Buy the required book Digital Disconnect that you will need for the Political Economy of Contemporary Media writing assignment.

Course Description

A survey of nine contemporary media institutions including their technical, economic, social, political and cultural implications. We will also examine the social and individual effects of these media, the policies that govern them, and their role in globalization.

Time and Place

Tuesdays, 1:40 – 4:30 PM
Kiely Hall, Room 264
Sections: MEDST 101–01 (52082) and MEDST101–02 (52086)

Instructor

Juan Monroy

Office Hours:

G Building, Room 102-D
Tuesday, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Schedule an appointment: https://juanmonroy.com/qcofficehours

Textbooks

The following textbooks are available through Amazon, Textbookx, and on reserve at Rosenthal Library.

Review Materials

Under each class, I will post on this site the following review materials:

Recommendation: A day or two after class, take an hour or so to answer that class’s review questions and testable terms. Keep these notes so you can review them in advance of each exam.

Use these materials to prepare for the exams.

Blackboard

We will not be using Blackboard for this course. Instead, consult the Course Website for the syllabus and Google Classroom for submitting assignments.

G Suite for Education

This course will use G Suite for Education using your QC CAMS (often referred to as the QC Active Directory) account. Below are instructions for how to activate your QC G Suite for Education account (titled “Step 1” below) and how to join our course on Google Classroom (titled “Step 2” below). New QC students and students enrolled at another CUNY campus will have to take an additional, first step (titled “Step 0” below).

About Google accounts

You can have more than one Google account. If you use Gmail, you already have a Google Account: it is likely a personal Google account. Google offers organizations, businesses and educational institutions G Suite accounts for its users. Since you’re enrolled at Queens College, you have access to a QC G Suite for Education account.

You cannot access QC G Suite for Education using your personal Gmail or another G Suite account.

You can be logged into both accounts at the same time, but you will likely have to switch between accounts to access your QC G Suite for Education account versus your personal G Suite.

Step 0: Activate your QC Username

Students New to Queens College, Recently Transferred to QC, or Enrolled at another CUNY Campus.

You must first activate your Queens College username and email account at https://cams.qc.cuny.edu.

The process takes about three (3) business days so please start this process as soon as possible.

Step 1: Activate Your QC G Suite for Education account

Information Technology at Queens College offers detailed instructions for activating (or claiming) your QC G Suite for Education account. The process comes down to four steps.

  1. Go to https://gdrive.qc.cuny.edu/.
  2. Log in with your complete Queens College username (e.g., jmonroy100@qc.cuny.edu).
  3. From the QC authentication page, sign in with your QC CAMS account. Use your QC CAMS username (e.g. jmonroy100) and your QC CAMS password. (If you’re having trouble contact the QC CAMS Help Desk at 718–997–4444.)
  4. Accept the terms of service.

You can access your QC G Suite for Education account at https://google.com/a/qc.cuny.edu.

Your Google G Suite for Education username is [Your QC AD username]@qc.cuny.edu, for example, jmonroy100@qc.cuny.edu.

About Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a barebones, learning management system that you will use to submit your assignments and I will use to grade your work. We will not be using Blackboard.

I will also post announcements to Google Classroom instead of emailing everyone in class. However, you should use email to contact me, instead of the private commenting system in Google Classroom because it doesn’t work properly.

Step 2: Join Google Classroom

Google has instructions for joining a course in Google Classroom. The process basically comes down to four steps:

  1. Go to Google Classroom.
  2. Sign in using your QC CAMS login.
  3. Click the “+” to “Join class.”
  4. Enter the code I provided at the first meeting (for face-to-face classes) or via email (for online classes).

I highly recommend downloading the Google Classroom mobile app for iOS or Android. If you allow push notifications, you will immediately receive important announcements from me and learn when assignments are posted.

Use the QC G Suite for Education Apps

We will be using some QC G Suite applications in this class.

  • Google Docs is a cloud-based, word-processing application. It is comparable to Microsoft Word on your personal computer except that all your documents are stored in your Google Drive. Be sure you’re using your QC G Suite account, not your personal Google account. Download the Google Docs mobile apps for iOS or Android.
  • Google Meet is a video-based, communication platform used for remote office hours. Download the Google Meet mobile apps for iOS or Android.
  • Google Forms is a survey and data collection platform that we will use for quizzes in some courses. There’s a bug in Forms that requires you to authenticate using your QC G Suite account on a web browser if you navigate to the quiz from the Google Classroom apps. To avoid this bug, I recommend taking the quizzes on a desktop computer.
  • Google Drive is a cloud-based file storage platform. Your QC Google Drive offers unlimited storage, compared to 15 GB with your personal Google Drive. Download the Google Drive mobile apps for iOS or Android.

Troubleshooting

A majority of access issues can be resolved switching to your Queens College Google account. This article describes how to switch between Google accounts.

Another resolution that always works is to log out of all your Google accounts in your web browser and then logging back into your QC G Suite account at https://google.com/a/qc.cuny.edu.

Policies

Attendance

For in-person classes, regular attendance is required. Attend twelve or more classes and receive five bonus points added to your final grade. Students missing more than four classes will not be permitted to take the final exam.

For hybrid course, regular attendance is required. Attend seven or more classes and receive five bonus points added to your final grade. Students missing more than three classes will not be permitted to take the final exam.

This policy does not apply to online courses.

Verification of Attendance

You must be present or participating in class during the verification of attendance period. Otherwise, I will report you as not attending and you will be dropped from the class.

The verification period is as follows:

  • fall and spring semesters: the first three weeks of classes
  • summer and winter semesters: the first four days of classes

Academically-related activities include, but are not limited to:

  • physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students;
  • submitting an academic assignment;
  • taking an exam, an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction;
  • attending a study group that is assigned by the school;
  • participating in an online discussion about academic matter;
  • engaging in an online academically-related activity, or initiating contact with the instructor to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course or ask a course-related question.

Note: Logging into an online class is not sufficient, by itself, to demonstrate participation in an academically-related activity by the student.

Professionalism

Digital devices are prohibited in class. Unfortunately, students in the past have failed to use computers, tablets, smartphones, etc. in a professional, responsible, or productive manner, and, as such, you are not allowed to use these devices in class after the first class session.

You’re welcome to print out the slides ahead of time—they are available on this website—and to take notes on paper. I recommend buying a spiral notebook, some nice pencils, and a portable pencil sharpener to do this.

Further, if I find you engaging in any other disruptive behavior, such as passing notes, instant messaging, chatting, photographing, or texting, I will remove you from the classroom and have you withdraw from the class.

Late Work

Please submit your work on time. Late quizzes and take-home final exams will not be accepted. In some cases, assignments due at the end of the term will not be accepted. In-class exams must be taken at the date and time listed below unless other we make other arrangements.

All other work will be penalized as follows:

Fall and Spring Courses
After a 24-hour grace period, late work will be penalized by a 10% reduction for each 24-hour period it is late. After one calendar week, the assignment will not be accepted, and you will likely fail this class.
Summer and Winter Courses
After a one-hour grace period, late work will be penalized by a 10% reduction up to 24 hours after the deadline. Late work will not be accepted after 24 hours.
All courses
No work will be accepted after the last class session.

“Incomplete” Grades

There are no incomplete grades for this class except in the case of a documented emergency in the final weeks of the semester. If you experience such an emergency, please contact me immediately, and we will work out a schedule for you to complete the outstanding work before the beginning of the following semester.

But aside from these circumstances, no late work will be accepted and no “incomplete” grades will be granted. If you have difficulty keeping up with coursework, consider giving yourself extra time to complete assignments, reducing your overall course load, and/or taking this class at a later semester.

No Extra Credit Assignments

There are no opportunities for extra credit. As a matter of fairness, your grade will be based on the work assigned to all students.

Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York. Penalties for academic dishonesty include academic sanctions, such as failing or otherwise reduced grades, and/or disciplinary sanctions, including suspension or expulsion. Examples of Academic Dishonesty include cheating, plagiarism, obtaining an unfair advantage, and falsification of records and official documents.

Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise. Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writings as your own. Obtaining Unfair Advantage is any action taken by a student that gives that student an unfair advantage in his/her academic work over another student, or an action taken by a student through which a student attempts to gain an unfair advantage in his or her academic work over another student.

For tips and information on how to maintain academic integrity, consult Writing at Queens document, “What is Plagiarism?”.

Computers, Tablets, and Mobile Phones

Please refrain from using your digital devices during class. Also remember to silence your mobile phone, or turn it off to save your battery.

It is particularly rude to use your devices in class because it distracts not only me but also the students around you. And others can see what you’re doing.

Students must surrender mobile phones, tablets, and computers on exam days.

QC Email

Do not use the commenting system in Google Classroom to communicate with me.

Always use your QC email account (student@qmail.cuny.edu). This is the only way I can communicate with you, other than face-to-face meetings or via video conferencing.

Students with Disabilities

Queens College has a history of commitment to the enhancement of education of students with disabilities. The Office of Special Services for Students with Disabilities was established in 1974 to provide equal opportunities for a college education to academically qualified students with physical disabilities. The office offers comprehensive support services to students with various disabilities. Queens College prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities and it ensures full access and equal opportunity to qualified students with disabilities to all academic programs and social activities on campus.

To receive these services, a student must first register with the office in Kiely 171. To do so, you must bring proper documentation pertaining to the nature of your disability from a qualified professional. To learn more about CUNY Assistive Technology Services and the office located at Queens College, call (718) 997–3775 or visit Kiely Hall 173. For more information, visit The Office of Special Services.

Help with Writing

One of the most important skills you will learn throughout your education is writing. If you cannot write, you will not succeed at communicating your ideas and will endanger your professional development.

The Writing Center at Queens College offers free assistance to students with writing. Please visit the center at least once for each writing assignment you have for your classes this semester. You can schedule a one-hour session or drop in to consult an on-duty tutor.

Assignments

Quizzes

You will take a quiz on each week’s assigned readings. Each quiz is due the day of our class at 12:00 PM, as noted on the course schedule and on Google Classroom.

  • Due the day of class, 12:00 PM
  • Ten of twelve quizzes are required; I will drop your two lowest scores
  • No late quizzes will be accepted
  • Weight: 30%

Political Economy of Contemporary Media

After midterm exam, begin reading Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy by Robert McChesney.

Summarize the book, The Digital Disconnect by answering the questions posted on the assignment guidelines.

  • Assignment Guidelines
  • Due: Friday, May 17, 5:00 PM, on Google Classroom
  • Due to the accelerated grading deadline, no late assignments will be accepted
  • Weight: 20%

Exams

Midterm Exam

The midterm exam is an in-class exam, consisting identification and short answer questions. The exam will cover the course material from the first half of the course.

Use the review materials to prepare for the exam, including surveying the format of the exam.

  • Tuesday, March 26, in class
  • Weight: 25%

Final Exam

The final exam is an in-class exam, consisting of identification and short answer questions. The exam will cover the course material from the second-half of the course.

Use the review materials to prepare for the exam, including surveying the format of the exam.

  • TBD, but likely May 21, in class.
  • Weight: 25%

Schedule

January 29 • Getting Started

Assignments
  1. Buy the required textbooks
  2. Activate your Google Apps at QC account.
    • Students New to Queens College, Recently Transferred to QC, or Enrolled in another CUNY Campus: You must activate your email and Active Directory accounts before you can activate your G Suite for Education account. The process takes about three (3) business days so please start this process as soon as possible.
  3. Join the class on Google Classroom: xht6ny
  4. Complete the Welcome Survey on Google Classroom.

February 5 • Contemporary Media Today

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 1, “Understanding Mass Media, Convergence, and the Importance of Media Literacy.”
  • Read Media Today, Part II Preface, “The Media Industries: The Forces Behind Convergence in Media Industries.”
  • Complete Quiz 1, available January 30, due February 5 at 12:00 PM.
Review

February 19 • Internet

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 6, “The Internet Industry.”
  • Complete Quiz 2, available February 6, due February 19 at 12:00 PM.
Review

February 26 • Books

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 7, “The Book Industry.”
  • Complete Quiz 3, available February 20, due February 26 at 12:00 PM.
Review

March 5 • Newspapers and Magazines

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 8, “The Newspaper Industry.”
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 9, “The Magazine Industry.”
  • Complete Quiz 4, available February 27, due March 5 at 12:00 PM.
Review

March 12 • Recorded Music

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 10, “The Recording Industry.”
  • Complete Quiz 5, available March 6, due March 12 at 12:00 PM.
Review

March 19 • Radio

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 11, “The Radio Industry.”
  • Complete Quiz 6, available March 13, due March 19 at 12:00 PM.
Review

March 26 • Midterm Exam

We will take our midterm exam today in class.

Use the review materials to prepare for the exam, including surveying the format of the exam.

April 2 • Film and Home Video

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 12, “The Movie Industry.”
  • Complete Quiz 7, available March 27, due April 2 at 12:00 PM.
Review

April 9 • Broadcast and Multichannel TV

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 13, “The Television Industry.”
  • Complete Quiz 8, available April 3, due April 9 at 12:00 PM.
Review

April 16 • Video Games

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 14, “The Video Games Industry.”
  • Complete Quiz 9, available April 10, due April 16 at 12:00 PM.
  • A survey of how video game storage evolved, from passwords to disks, so you didn’t lose your game progress.
Review

April 30 • Media Economics

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 3, “The Business of Media.”
  • Complete Quiz 10, available April 17, due April 30 at 12:00 PM.
Review

May 7 • Media and the Persuasion Industries

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 4, “Financing and Shaping the Media: Advertising, Public Relations, and Marketing Communications.”
  • Complete Quiz 11, available May 8, due May 14 at 1:00 PM.
Review

May 14 • Media Policy and Regulation

Assignments
  • Read Media Today, Chapter 5, “Controls on Media Content”
  • Complete Quiz 12, available May 8, due May 14 at 1:00 PM.
Review

May 21 • Final Exam

We will take our final exam today in class.

Use the review materials to prepare for the exam, including surveying the format of the exam.