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CMST 1A03 Introduction To Communication (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2018

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Faiza Hirji

Email: hirjif@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 305

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 21480

Office Hours: Thursdays 1:45-2:45 or by appointment



Course Objectives:

  • To understand the role that media play in society
  • To acquire the ability to research and analyze specific issues related to media industries and texts
  • To acquire and/or improve the ability to critically assess media texts and operations
  • To improve the ability to convey ideas through structured written assignments
  • To improve the ability to express ideas verbally


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Gasher, M. Skinner, D., & Lorimer, R. (2016). Mass Communication in Canada. 8th ed. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Other assigned readings will be made available online.


Method of Assessment:

Course Requirements:

Participation 15% note: tutorials begin week of September 10, 2018

Op-Ed 15% due in tutorials, week of September 24, 2018

Take Home Quiz 20% due in tutorials, week of October 22, 2018

Essay 25% due in tutorials, week of November 19, 2018

Final exam (cumulative) 25% during the scheduled exam period, Dec. 7-20

 

Note: Omitting to submit any of the above assignments will result in automatic failure.

Assignment Submission/Turn It In: All papers/assignments must be typed, dated and titled in 12-point font, stapled, and include page numbers. Heading must include TA’s name and tutorial section. Please use APA or MLA citation style for in-text citation and bibliography. Double-sided printing is fine. All assignments are due AT THE BEGINNING OF TUTORIAL. The TAs and the instructor retain the right to require submission of written assignments to Turn It In (on Avenue to Learn) in certain cases. In such cases, you will find drop boxes on Avenue to Learn (A2L).

Do notattempt to submit your assignment to the CSMM Office, or to the instructor. E-mailed assignments will notbe accepted. Once your assignment is marked, it should be picked up from your TA during tutorials. Late assignments will be penalized one letter grade for each day after the deadline (e.g. an A grade becomes an A-, a C- becomes a D, and so on). For your own protection, always keep a copy of any assignment you hand in.

 

You must submit your own original work, completed independently. Work that has been submitted elsewhere, uses unattributed passages from the work of others, or that has been borrowed from another source, is considered plagiarism and the consequences may be severe. Please see below for further information regarding McMaster’s policy on academic integrity.

 

Participation:

Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials regularly and on time. Note that the exam will cover material from the lectures as well as the readings. Students will be responsible for catching up on any material missed. The participation mark will be derived mainly from tutorial participation e.g. contribution to discussion, answering questions and completing in-class exercises), although students are also encouraged to participate in lecture where possible. Disruptive behaviour (e.g. talking/texting during class) will negatively affect the participation mark.

 

Additional Notes on Participation:

Being a student in this course comes with several responsibilities.

  • Please come to class with the readings completed, and ready to discuss readings and engage in class activities.
  • Please be punctual, and stay for the entire session, as you are responsible for any announcements made at the beginning and/or end of class.
  • If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get notes from a classmate, and to be prepared for the next class meeting, with all assignments/readings ready. Do not expect the instructor or the TAs to provide notes or to recap the material for you.
  • Participation means that you are fully present. If you are on your devices, social media, etc., you are not present and you are also disturbing the people around you.

**Tutorials will begin the week of September 10, 2018**. Each student must register for and attend weekly tutorials. Tutorial is mandatory; attendance will be taken. Participation is required, with the same guidelines outlined for lecture. TAs will assign additional assignments and activities. Evaluation will consist of participation and completion of assignments.

Op-Ed:

Students will submit an Op-Ed to their teaching assistants on a specific topic. Suggested topics will be provided in class and further details about writing an effective Op-Ed will be provided in class and on Avenue to Learn. Op-Eds should express an opinion about the assigned topic, should draw upon details from the course content, and should follow the proper format for an Op-Ed. The Op-Ed is due in tutorials during the week of September 24, 2018.

 

Take-Home Quiz:

Students will be asked to complete a take-home quiz and submit it during the week of October 22, 2018. In order to complete the quiz successfully, you must provide answers that incorporate content from readings and lectures. You may consult your textbook and notes but you are expected to work independently.

 

Essay:

Students will choose an essay topic from a list provided by the instructor. Other topics may be used with the written permission of the instructor. More specific essay guidelines will be provided in class, but in general, students will be expected to create a specific argument, to provide supporting points backed by academic sources, and to present the argument convincingly and coherently in formal essay format. Although topics will be provided, students must use the topic as a starting point only, going on to choose a particular example and argument. Students should submit essays to their TAs in their assigned tutorials during the week of November 19, 2018.

 

The essay should be 8-10 pages long, double-spaced and typed, formatted using MLA or APA, and must include a bibliography.

 

Final exam:

The exam will take place during the scheduled exam period. Students are expected to answer all of the questions using key concepts learned from course readings and lecture material over the course of the semester. The format will be multiple choice.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Policy on Missed/Late Assignments

If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get notes from a classmate, and to be prepared for the next class meeting, with all assignments/readings ready. Do not expect the instructor or the TAs to provide notes or to recap the material for you.

All assignments are due AT THE BEGINNING OF TUTORIAL. Do not attempt to submit your assignment to the CSMM Office, or to the instructor. E-mailed assignments will not be accepted. Once your assignment is marked, it should be picked up from your TA during tutorials. Late assignments will be penalized one letter grade for each day after the deadline (e.g. an A grade becomes an A-, a C- becomes a D, and so on). For your own protection, always keep a copy of any assignment you hand in.

 

If you have extenuating circumstances that are not addressed through the MSAF policy, please contact the instructor and/or your home faculty office as soon as possible to discuss your options. Inability to manage time does not constitute grounds for an extension. Please note that TAs are not able to authorize extensions.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

COURSE SCHEDULE

Note that other readings may be added throughout the semester

 

September 4 & 6: Introduction

 

September 11 & 13: What is Communication?

Readings: Chapter 1

 

September 18 & 20: Role of Communication in Society

Readings: Chapter 1

 

September 25 & 27: Sender-Receiver Relationships: Effects & Audiences

Readings: Chapter 5

 

October 2 & 4: Digital Revolution? Technology and Society

Readings: Chapter 6

 

October 9 & 11: Mid-term Recess—no class!

 

October 16 & 18: Regulating Communication: Broadcasting Policy

Readings: Chapter 7

 

October 23 & 25:Film, Cinema, and Social Transformations

Readings: Chapter 8

**Take home quiz due in tutorials**

 

October 30, November 1: Where Do Media Come From? Media & Convergence

Readings: Chapter 9

 

November 6 & 8: Making the News: Challenges & Consequences

Readings: Chapter 10

 

November 13 & 15: Truth in Advertising

Readings: Chapter 4

 

November 20 & 22: Brand New World? Living in a Global Village

Readings: Chapter 11

**Essay due in tutorials**

 

November 27 & 29: Present & Future: The Way Forward for Media

Readings: Chapter 12

 

December 4: Review

 

Exam will be scheduled during the examination period, December 7-20