Com 427 Social Media for Communications #NewhouseSM4 Syllabus Fall 2013


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Com 427 Social Media for Communications #NewhouseSM4 Syllabus Fall 2013

  1. 1. 1 COM 427 M001 Social Media for Public Communicators Fall 2013 Monday & Wednesday 2:15 - 3:35 pm Newhouse 3 Rm. 251 Professor: Dr. William Ward I.A.:Shuai Wang Email: Twitter @dr4ward Twitter: @suyawang Office: NH 2, 339 Office: NH1, 115 Phone: 315-443-9245 315-443-6185 Office Hours: Tues. 9-11 AM Mon. 4 - 6 PM Wed. Noon – 2 PM or by appointment (Also via G+ Hangouts) Twitter Class Hash tag #NewhouseSM4 _______________________________________________________ Class Description: This course examines the strategic use of digital and social media platforms and tools for public communications. There is an emphasis on hands-on experience and skill. Students will analyze various digital and social media platforms and tools for developing professional profiles, creating professional learning networks, creating professional content, engaging and collaborating.Students will learn how to use social media to conduct research, improve job performance, increase communicationeffectiveness and efficiency, and develop strategies for integrating, evaluating and planning social media to achieve positive results. Students will critically assess social media and research future developments of social media inpublic communications. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this class students going into public communications should, among other things: Understand the culture of professional social engagement and socially- enabled organizations and professions in public communications Learn digital literacy and social media etiquette for writing and social mediaengagement with a variety of social media platforms and tools Develop team building and collaborations skills through the professional use and integration of multiple social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, PearlTrees… and many more Gain insight through hands-on technical experience with professional social sharing, listening, monitoring, and analytics using Hootsuite Pro and other digital tools. Evaluate internal and external social media strategy and integration from an interdisciplinary perspective across multiple departments and industries in public communications
  2. 2. 2 Text:Course readings and content will be delivered entirely digital and online and mostly available for free. You will be able to access course readings and content daily/weekly. Case studies, readings, videos, industry guest speakers, and other course content will be delivered using numerous Digital and Social Media platforms and tools. You will be accessing the course content with many Social Media and Digital platforms and tools and will be learning how to use them professionally. Social Media and Digital Platforms including RSS feeds, blogs, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google / G+, Facebook, Pinterest … and many more. Grade Determination: Your final grade will be based upon the following: Percent of Grade Points In-class Social Media Participation 10% 60 Outside Class Social Media Participation&Klout Score 10% 60 Two Outside Events10%60 (NewhouseGLDSM or alternative proposals) Weekly Assignments 30%180 Final Team Teaching Presentations 40%240 Total 100% 600 Grading Scale: 93 – 100% A 90 – 92 A- 87 – 89 B+ 83 – 86 B 80 – 82B- 77 – 79 C+ 73 – 76 C 70 – 72 C- 67 - 69 D+ 63 - 66 D 60 – 62 D- 59 or less Epic Fail Skills: Students will learn by doing. Students will gain hands on experience with new digital tools and social media platforms to understand and evaluate best practices and strategy being used by professionals in public communications today. Classroom Expectations: I enjoy an open and informal classroom atmosphere. You are encouraged to share information and personal experiences, and ask questions during lectures and discussions. The most effective learning takes place during two- way communication. Your classroom participation is encouraged inside and out of the classroom and your grade will reflect your contributions. Digital and Social Media participation is mandatory.
  3. 3. 3 Requirements: You will be required to bring your laptop and/or tablet devices to every class. Mobile Smartphone use is also encouraged during class but you will still need to bring your laptop and/or tablet every time. Smartphones do not allow enough editing and viewing capabilities to be sufficient for class purposes. Reminder: Laptop, tablet and mobile devices are to be used for class and professional purposes only during class, not for personal social interactions. In-Class Social Media Participation 60 points (10%): Being present in class and contributing to class discussions face-to-face and online will result in a higher grade. Failure to participate in class activities and repeatedly arriving late or being absent will lower your participation grade. Digital and Social Media participation is mandatory. Attendance at all class meetings is expected in order to assure an even flow of information and a minimum of disruption for both me and the other members of your class. An absence will lower your grade, plus participation points for assignments done in class. Special accommodationwill not be made for you if you miss an assignment or a deadline. Late assignments will not be accepted, nor made up without my prior approval. Outside of Class Social Media Engagement - Klout Score 60 points (10%): Klout measures influence based on your ability to drive action on social networks, and how you drive more engaging and relevant professional content for everyone. It is one way that communication industry employers are evaluating your social media experience and potential. You will learn how to use social media like a pro and your influence score will improve on professional topics of interest throughout the semester. Two Outside Events (NewhouseGLDSM or alternative proposals)60 points (10%): The Newhouse Global Leaders In Digital and Social Media Speaker series explores innovative digital and social media engagement from around the world. Speakers represent leadership in thought and innovation in their fields. Attending live events and participating with social media back channels in real-time is required. Social communication before and after an event is also required. Note: If students are not able to attend these two events due to schedule conflicts they are welcome to propose attending alternative outside events that emphasize social media leadership and innovation. Weekly Assignments – “To Do” List 180 points (30%): Students learn by doing. Learning does not take place once a week during class but on a frequent and regular basis. The weekly “To Do” list includes 20 daily/weekly tasks related to the topic for that week that require class reflection outside of class to demonstrate conceptual understanding and insight. Digital and Social Media participation require application and use of digital and mobile tools and social media platforms for professional purposes.
  4. 4. 4 Final Team Teaching Presentations 240 points (40%): Student teams will design, implement, and present a multi-media „deep dive‟ presentation to teach the class on some aspect of the course subject matter. Team teaching will include 15 minute multi- media presentations followed by discussion. Examples of presentation subjects include but are not limited to: case study of a media organization‟s social media best practice, an in-depth analysis of a particular digital tool or social media platform, a look at social media in public communications, etc. Instructor approval is required.
  5. 5. 5 Class Schedule: The following schedule is for reference only. The dates, other than the final exam date, are approximates. We will make every attempt to stay as close to these target dates as possible. Topics are subject to change. The weekly “To Do” list includes 20 daily/weekly tasks related to the topic for that week that require class reflection outside of class to demonstrate conceptual understanding and insight. Go to the class blog to find more in depth information on our class assignments and projects. DATE TOPIC/READING ASSIGNMENT Week 1 - August 26: Introduction to Social Media Strategy & Social Dashboard Syllabus - COM 427 Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013"To Do" List - Due Sun., Sept. 1 Week 2 - September 2: Social Listening Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013 "To Do" List - Due Sun., Sept. 8 Week 3 - September 9: Social Engagement Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013 "To Do" List - Due Sun., Sept. 15 Week 4 – September 16: Social Collaboration Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013 "To Do" List - Due Sun., Sept. 22 Personal Branding, Blogs & Social Media Dashboards Week 5 - September 23: Social Analytics & Measurement Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013"To Do" List - Due Sun., Sept. 29 NewhouseSU COM 427 Social Media U Need 2 Know #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013 Team Teaching Presentation
  6. 6. 6 DATE TOPIC/READING ASSIGNMENT (cont.) Week 6 – September 30: Advanced Social Media Tactics Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013 "To Do" List - Due Sun., Oct. 6 Week 7 – October 7: Social Integration Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013 "To Do" List - Due Sun., Oct. 13 Week 8- October 14: Content Creation and Curation Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013 "To Do" List - Due Sun., Oct. 20 Week 9– October 21: Data Analytics & ROI Social Media for Communicators #NewhouseSM4 Fall 2013 "To Do" List - Due Sun., Oct. 27 Week 10 – October 28: Team Meetings Week 11–November 4: Team Meetings Week 12 – November 11: Final Team Teaching Presentations Final Team Teaching Presentations - Mon., Nov. 11 Final Team Teaching Presentations - Wed., Nov. 13 Week 13 – November 18Final Team Teaching Presentations Final Team Teaching Presentations – Mon. Nov. 18 Final Team Teaching Presentations – Wed. Nov. 20 Week 14 – November 25 Thanksgiving Break Week 15 – December 2 Review Team Teaching Presentations – Mon. Dec. 2 Review Team Teaching Presentations – Wed. Dec. 4
  7. 7. 7 Week 16 – Final Exam Week
  8. 8. 8 Religious Observances SU‟s religious observances policy can be found at SU recognizes the diversity of faiths represented among the campus community and protects the rights of students, faculty and staff to observe religious holy days according to their tradition. Students will be provided an opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements that may be missed due to a religious observance provided they notify the instructor before the end of the second week of classes. Students who plan to observe a religious holiday this term must use the online notification process on myslice. This is only available the first two weeks of classes. Academic Integrity “Syracuse University sets high standards for academic integrity. Those standards are supported and enforced by students, including those who serve as academic integrity hearing panel members and hearing officers. The presumptive sanction for a first offense is course failure, accompanied by the transcript notation “Violation of the Academic Integrity Policy.” The standard sanction for a first offense by graduate students is suspension or expulsion. Students should review the Office of Academic Integrity online resource “Twenty Questions and Answers About the Syracuse University Academic Integrity Policy” and confer with instructors about course-specific citation methods, permitted collaboration (if any), and rules for examinations. The Policy also governs the veracity of signatures on attendance sheets and other verification of participation in class activities. Additional guidance for students can be found in the Office of Academic Integrity resource: „What does academic integrity mean?‟” Related Links: The Academic Integrity Policy: policy/ Twenty Questions and Answers about the Academic Integrity Policy: What does academic integrity mean?: academic-integrity-mean/ Persons With Disabilities If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS),, located at 804 University Avenue, room 309 or call 315 443 4498 for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. ODS is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations and will issue students with documented disabilities “Accommodation Authorization Letters,” as appropriate. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact ODS as soon as possible. Our community values diversity and seeks to promote meaningful access to educational
  9. 9. 9 opportunities for all students. Syracuse University and the Newhouse faculty are committed to your success and to supporting Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990). This means that in general no individual who is otherwise qualified shall be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity, solely by reason of having a disability. You are also welcome to contact your professor privately to discuss your academic needs although faculty cannot arrange for disability-relatedaccommodations. Use of Student Work (FERPA) The professor will use academic work that you complete this semester for educational purposes in this course during this semester. Your registration and continued enrollment constitute your permission.The professor will use academic work that you complete this semester in subsequent semesters for educational purposes. Before using your work for that purpose, your professor is required to either get your written permission or render the work anonymous by removing all your personal identification. Use of Social Media constitutes your permission as search engines archive all content created for this class.