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Ted M Coopman
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

Students will build competence in using digital resources for research, such as search engines and databases, through hands-on activities and projects. Basic communication research methods are applied to using the internet and databases for journalistic, academic, and personal research needs. Strategies for discerning the credibility of sources, creative skills for accessing difficult to find information, best practices for organizing research, keyword generation, and searching strategies as well as other topics are discussed.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is an activity-based course where students use classroom computers to build researching skills.

Recommended preparation

Consistent attendance is critical to succeed in this course.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments concentrate on the collection and comparison of information and applying it to short writing assignments.

Students are assessed by regular quizzes, several writing assignments, and participation.


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 Ted M Coopman
Date: 04/17/2006