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Courtney N. Johnson
COM 301
Seattle Campus

Navigating Information Networks for Mass Media

Builds familiarity with computer-mediated information networks. Introduces and compares network search engines, agents, browsing/viewing tools and retrieval/transfer software for use by reporters and other media workers. Instruction and practice with searching/acquiring information, its analysis and interpretation, illustration, and write-up. No prior computer or network experience assumed.

Class description

COURSE OVERVIEW

COM 301 builds familiarity with computer-mediated information networks. The course introduces and compares search engines, library databases, access tools, and search strategies. Class time will be used for instruction and practice with searching/acquiring information, assessing its credibility, and using it to answer a research question. The second part of the course will also examine key issues and theories dealing with online media, blogs, social media, and the structure of the Internet.

Students will learn the advantages and disadvantages of different research tools and techniques, as well as how to assess the quality and dependability of data, information, and analysis. Procedures for the interpretation of data, information, and analysis and its incorporation into original compositions will be explored. Students will also consider the social impacts of various Internet technologies and applications.

A central component of the course is the creation of an annotated bibliography, in which students will conduct independent research to answer a communication-related research question of their choosing.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Readings: Readings should be completed before class on the day they are listed in the attached course schedule.

The following textbook is required for this course. I suggest looking online for lowest prices. I refer to this book as CR in the course schedule.

Communication Research: Strategies and Sources, 2010 (7th edition) Authors: Rebecca B. Rubin, Alan M. Rubin, Paul M. Haridakis, Linda J. Piele Publisher: Wadsworth

Links to or PDFs of required articles will be posted to the course website.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

The following textbook is required for this course. I suggest looking online for lower prices.

Communication Research: Strategies and Sources, 2010 (7th edition) Authors: Rebecca B. Rubin, Alan M. Rubin, Paul M. Haridakis, Linda J. Piele Publisher: Wadsworth

Required journal articles will be posted to the course website in PDF format.

Class assignments and grading


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 Courtney N. Johnson
Date: 03/13/2014