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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - JOU5342
Tracking Number - 1765

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-07-31
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Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-04-05
  2. Department: School of Mass Communications
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1247000000
  5. Contact Person: Derina R. Holtzhausen
  6. Phone: 46800
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: JOU
  9. Number: 5342
  10. Full Title: Multimedia Journalism
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Multimedia Journalism
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: An appropriate undergraduate degree in mass communications or significant professional experience in journalistic writing styles.
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: The course is designed to bring components of print, web and broadcast writing together to develop skills for and understanding of the multimedia environment. It is restricted to majors and not repeatable for credit.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: The challenge for a new generation of journalists and communicators, i.e. print and magazine journalists, broadcasters, advertising and public relations professionals will be to build a system that provides more than just a quicker way to receive the same
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This is the intro level course for the newly proposed Mulitmedia Journalism Concentration and is required of all students in this concentration. Also, students from the other concentrations in the School of Mass Communications graduate program will be required to take this course if they wish to take the Advanced Multimedia Journalism course.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? yes, twice.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A PhD in Mass Communications or related field and professional multimedia journalism experience.
  29. Objectives: To teach students from a variety of mass communication backgrounds the necessary writing skills to be able to communicate through advanced methodologies on multiple journalistic platforms.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to:

    - hone their writing skills and apply them to different media platforms

    - evaluate multimedia journalism products

    - critically evaluate multimedia journalism and its current impact on media values and characteristics

    - produce their own multimedia works.

  31. Major Topics: New media vs. old media

    Diffusion of new media

    Information vs. entertainment

    Audience analysis

    Writing for print

    Writing for broadcast

    Writing for the Web

    Individual project development

  32. Textbooks: Williams, J. M. (2003). Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace.

    Additional readings from course pack.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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