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 meet in-person each week with course materials available remotely over the Internet.
All course material, including links to graded assignments, is available on the course website at https://juanmonroy.com/contemporarymedia. We will not be using Blackboard.
In a flipped course, most learning activities will be asynchronous. You will complete these learning activities on your own time by the deadlines noted on this course website.
We will meet for a weekly in-person for a discussion session, each week, about the materials you studied for this module
This learning activities are divided into twelve modules on contemporary media. For each module, there will be:
After six 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 this course website.
We will not be using Blackboard.
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Office hours are held both in-person and remotely. Sign up for an appointment at https://juanmonroy.com/officehours.
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We will use Microsoft Teams to submit your assignments. We will not be using Blackboard.
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This course is broken up into twelve modules.
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Note: this book is woefully out of date, but we’re using it because it’s available as an Open Educational Resource, meaning it’s free.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 assigned readings and another on the recorded lectures.
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 30% 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 30% of your final grade.
All students must attend each week’s in-person discussion session.
We will meet each week in person to discuss the course material you covered in that week’s module. Attendance to the weekly discussion session is mandatory and is worth 10% of your final grade.
You are required to complete two 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:
Both exams are required and constitute 30% of your final grade. Your higher exam score will be worth 20%, your lower exam score will be worth 10%.
All exams must be submitted by the deadline, otherwise they will be penalized by reduction in a grade, according to the course policies.
Please submit your work on time. Late quizzes and take-home final exams will not be accepted after one business day.
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.