Courtney N. Johnson
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.
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.
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General method of instruction
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.
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