LCOMM102-19B (TGA)

Communication in an Online Society

15 Points

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School of Management and Marketing

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces students to critical communication skills, concepts, and issues that they are likely to encounter during the course of their lives as citizens, communicating professionals, community members, and as participants in our highly mediated world. The theme of "communication in an online society" gives students the opportunity to explore issues in developing thoughtful, effective, ethical, and socially significant communication practices and skills.

The course introduces students to communication theories and their applications to everyday communication. It also explores contemporary impacts of electronically mediated communication and emerging technologies on communication practices. The class aims to educate students on the scope, reach, and implications of human communication. Students will gain an understanding of communication as a discipline, and will explore the dynamic relationship between theory, research, and knowledge in an online society.

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Paper Structure

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Philosophy: For this paper, you need to prepare outside classes by watching mini lectures and reviewing the readings. In the lecture and tutorials you will apply and explore concepts in face-to-face and online class settings. Your job is to access resources independently to be able to effectively take part in and benefit from class learning activities.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • 1. Communicate in professional, effective and ethical ways.
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  • 2. Use introductory communication theories to interpret everyday communication situations.
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  • 3. Utilise interactive listening, speaking, presenting and writing skills in group settings.
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  • 4. Critically examine ethical communication in online settings.
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Assessment

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Each assessment activity is outlined below; more details will be given in the instructions for each assessment activity, as well as in class.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Portfolio assignment
4 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
2. Pecha Kucha (PK) presentation
11 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Tutorial
3. PK Team contract
16 Aug 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. PK Team progress report
20 Sep 2019
5:00 PM
5
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
5. Mid term Test
19 Sep 2019
10:00 AM
25
  • In Class: In Lecture
6. Case analysis
18 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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The list of the required readings can be found through the University of Waikato library "Reading Lists" portal. NOTE:
You will need to sign in to your student account in order to access each reading.
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Recommended Readings

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Various editions of the following book are held at the University Library. While some of the readings from this book will be available on Moodle, for others you will need to visit the library in person to read them at Course Reserve.
Alberts, J.K., T. Nakayama, & J. Martin (2010/2012/2015). Human Communication in Society (3rd ed.). Boston, NJ: Pearson Education.
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Other Resources

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You will be directed to online resources as part of the course.
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Online Support

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Moodle=Online Learning Support: Moodle is where you will use communication skills to communicate with others professionally and effectively. Moodle is the virtual space for students to connect with each other as well as teaching staff outside of the face-to-face classes. Students will use the site to ask questions of staff (anonymously), participate in online discussions, and complete selected learning activities.

To access Moodle, sign into your University login and search for Moodle.

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Workload

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LCOMM102 is a 15-point paper and therefore requires 150 hours in total during the semester. These hours comprise in-class time (Lecture and tutorial), as well as using course readings and Moodle resources to help you to prepare for, and take part in in-class learning, as well as prepare for, and complete assignments. Expect to work about 11 hours each week for this course--including the two weeks of teaching recess, and Study Week.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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RESTRICTION(S)
Restricted papers: MCOM102
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Restricted papers: MCOM102

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