MEDC 5000 : Media Communications (Requisite Course)
This is the requisite course in the media communications program. Students examine communications theory and its application to mass media. The course introduces students to the graduate program and describes program expectations as well as introduces research methodologies used throughout the program and discusses academic preparation for MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications. Therefore, students must take this course even if they have academic and/or professional experience in media communications.
Students should have an educational background or professional experience in media communications, or they must enroll in 6 credit hours of additional preparatory undergraduate coursework, as determined by an academic advisor.
Students are expected to perform graduate level work, including writing and basic research. Also, as for all Internet courses, students must be disciplined and self-motivated.
Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have the ability to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of major communication and media theories and their application to mass media, individuals, and society;
- Knowledge of the historical and contemporary effect of "new media" on communication systems and media consumers;
- An understanding of writing summaries and analyses of communication theories and their application to mass media and consumers;
- A working knowledge of academic research in media-related areas;
- A working knowledge of MLA style in format, internal citations, bibliographies, and academic honesty;
- A working knowledge of graduate level writing skills including English grammar, punctuation, sentence construction, word choice, and syntax;
- An understanding of expectations within the graduate program, research methodologies to be used in the program (particularly in MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications), and academic goals;
Materials and/or Required Textbooks
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Please be aware when purchasing your textbooks that the International versions of the text may differ from the Domestic (North American) version required for your course.
- Participation in online discussions
- Leading online discussions
- Written assignments
- Final exam
University Policy Statements
This course is governed by the University's policies, as published in the University catalog. They can also be found online at http://www.webster.edu/gradcatalog/policies.shtml.
Any student caught cheating or committing plagiarism may fail the class and be subject to further disciplinary action.
This syllabus may be revised at the discretion of the instructor without the prior notification or consent of the student.