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Timothy J. Pasch
COM 300
Seattle Campus

Basic Concepts of New Media

Provides a comprehensive examination of the effects of new, digital media on interpersonal communication, media industries, and media culture. Emphasis on economic, social, political, and aesthetic implications. Provides limited experience with computer-based media. No prior technical computer experience assumed.

Class description

After completing this course you should expect to understand: - how to read scholarly texts for further understanding of New Media and technology in society - some essential concepts of technology and its impact on society - the role of technology and the role of inventors in the history of computing - how to articulate your views on the role of computer technology in society - some of the larger debates taking place in New Media scholarship -issues concerning electronic copyright, piracy, security, and privacy -how to show your learning through a simplesite on catalyst -how to moderate a group discussion, manage, and facilitate flows of debate -how to write an academic paper in New Media Studies using proper academic citation -how to synthesize your learning in a presentation format using media to engage an audience.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Each class section will, ideally, be an engaging combination of guest speakers, discussions of assigned readings and software techniques, technological exploration and student-moderated debate. No prior technical or computer experience is assumed, however we will be experimenting and learning with a wide variety of technologies during the course.

Recommended preparation

The basic expectations for taking this course are that you will: - attend class on-time, prepared, and ready to participate. - complete all assignments in order to enrich your understanding and improve your grade. -treat classmates and equipment with respect. -listen with an open mind, even to those opinions with which you disagree. -welcome and treat guest speakers with respect -work hard on your final projects and prepare well for your presentation -Have fun!

Class assignments and grading

There are 21 graded assignments for this course. Many of these are homework and quiz grades, which will be conducted electronically for each chapter.

The homework assignments will be relatively simple to complete, and the quizzes will be more involved.

You will be responsible for moderating one session, and for producing a reading summary handout and series of questions for that session.

You will develop a personal website on the UW Catalyst “simplesite”, where you will post your professional resumé (CV).

You will write a final paper on a new media topic, and present your findings to the class using some sort of new media.

Finally, you will grade yourself for participation.

GRADING. Introductory E-quiz and class Introduction 10 Points 7 Homework/Reading Assignments at 7.14 points each 50 Points. 7 Web Quizzes at 14.28 points each 100 Points. Debate Moderating (1 debate each) 40 Points. Personal Website 25 Points. Professional Web Resume 25 Points. Final Project Paper 75 Points Final Presentation with accompanying media 50 Points. Subjective Participation (self-score) 25 Points.

TOTAL: 400 Points


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Timothy J. Pasch
Date: 06/16/2006