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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MMC6951

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-03-11
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: SCNS approved. Effective 3/1/11. Posted in banner

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2437 2010-12-10
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Mass Communications AP 120100
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Mark Walters 7278734544

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    MMC 6951 Final Project

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Final Project
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    O - Online (100% online) 0





    Course Description

    Represents the culminating, or capstone project, for students in digital journalism. Its deliverable will be a professional website that displays command of all basic digital technologies, including web design, audio and video.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed to compete with national trends

    B. 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?

    Most journalism schools (let alone the journalism profession) have utterly failed to keep up with the rapid changes in technologies and values that have redefined the field of professional journalism. Retrofitting old approaches to create new understandings and insights has proven insufficient. Entirely new models and approaches to the remade profession are required. This new course will explicitly direct and support students in integrating all these technologies and approaches into an applied work of digital journalism. This course will be part of the essential training for journalists in the digital era.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Professional experience in new digital media, especially in the convergence of various forms of media. Online teaching experience is also required.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Students will demonstrate clearly the ability to integrate various digital technologies into reporting, including video, audio and photojournalism.

    Students will demonstrate the analytical and critical thinking required to appropriately apply various technologies to produce news stories.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    This professional Project must show evidence of having met the following competencies: 6) Critical thinking: journal kept on development of professional project from concept to execution will serve as evidence of critical thinking ; 11) technology: implementation of digital technologies in production of final project will serve as evidence that this competency has been achieved; 8) the written dimension of the final project, rather is the form of script writing or reporting, will serve as evidence that this competency has been achieved; 12) all final project must incorporate visual media, as video, photography, lay out of web design, and this will serve as evidence that this competency has been achieved.

    C. Major Topics

    The application of digital technology toward collecting and presenting news and journalist stories.

    Rendering news stories through converging media such as web, video, broadcast, radio and print.

    Analytical approaches to choosing the most effective form for different types of news and narratives.

    D. Textbooks

    Converging Media: A New Introduction to Mass Communication

    Second Edition

    John V. Pavlik and Shawn McIntos

    Oxford University Press

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    Readings will be from the text. Other resources are not required to be purchased.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    The final report accounts for 75%; a journal, timeline and accompanying analysis will account for 25%.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    The major assignment for this course will be the final report (75%) although tangential projects such as a journal, timeline and accompanying analysis will also be factored in (25%). Although there will be no examinations or tests during this course, a rigorous schedule of goals and benchmarks must be met.

    H. Attendance Policy

    First Day online "attendance" is required.

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Itís the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    No late work will be accepted unless arranged in accordance with university policy on religious observances and other exceptions.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Journalism and Media Studies

  5. Course Concurrence Information


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