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Social Media Class Syllabus - Fall 2018

Matthew J. Kushin, Ph.D.
Matthew J. Kushin, Ph.D.
Matthew J. Kushin, Ph.D.Department of Communication, Shepherd University: Professor, Scholar, Consultant

My Fall 2018 COMM 322 Social Media class syllabus for undergraduate students at Shepherd University. A version of this syllabus is discussed in detail in my book Teach Social Media: A Plan for Creating a Course Your Students Will Love available on Amazon.com. Learn more about this class at: https://Mattkushin.com

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Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication
Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 1
COMM 322: Social Media
Fall 2018 | 3 Credit Hours
Lecture: Location: L10 G Time: T/R 1:50-3:05pm
Text: · Social Media Campaigns: Strategies for Public Relations
and Marketing by Carolyn Mae Kim
· Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen
· Additional required readings available online
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rentals:
Recommended reading: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary
Vaynerchuck
Course Documents & Assignments accessible on Sakai: courses.shepherd.edu
Course Overview:
The course examines the pervasive impact social media is having on our society, with specific interest in the
implications and applications of social media for strategic media professionals. Focus is given to investigating the
theoretical and cultural aspects of social media with an aim toward understanding how this communication form
has changed our relationship between individuals, organizations, and society.
LEAP Goals:
#2: Intellectual & Practical Skills throughout the Curriculum
Learning Outcomes:
▪ Inquiry & Analysis ▪ Critical Thinking ▪ Oral
& Written Communication ▪ Information
Literacy ▪ Collaborative Work ▪ Lifelong
Learning ▪ Inquiry & Analysis ▪ Critical
Thinking ▪ Oral & Written Communication ▪
Information Literacy ▪ Collaborative Work ▪
Lifelong Learning
Assessment based on ability to:
§ Complete Hubspot social media certification
§ Complete a semester-long project involving planning, executing, and evaluating social media for the
Department of Communication at Shepherd University
§ Professional group presentations.
§ Meet deadlines.
§ Work effectively in teams to complete projects.
§ Demonstrate understanding the strategic use of new and social communication technologies for
businesses and organizations and individual career advancement.
§ Apply key concepts relevant to new and social media to advance understanding of how social networks
are manifested in online environments.
§ Utilize technology to improve critical thinking and writing
§ Apply basic strategic applications of social media tools, with a focus on 4 key intertwined areas:
o Monitoring: Strategies for identifying, cultivating, monitoring, and analyzing information on the
social/real-time web.
o Metrics: Strategies for setting goals and what to measure on social media.
o Optimization: Strategic use of optimization strategies to maximize potential exposure to &
engagement with communication content online.
o Content & Engagement: Strategies for creating content targeted towards publics online and
encouraging their engagement with organization.
Professor: Matthew J. Kushin, PhD
Office Hours: M: 10-12; W: 10-1.
Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication
Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 2
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Week
of
Day Topic
Due assignments in bold; assigned in italics; bold / italics are assigned
and completed in class.
Reading Due / “To Dos” Due
[1]
8/27
Tues Intro to Class and Class Project Core Concepts To Do:
If you don’t have professional Twitter
account – you need it by next class. Add
your name and URL to your Twitter
account to the Wiki on Sakai. You will
also need a Facebook account if you
don't have one, sign up – you can use a
fake name if you want.
Thurs Social Media and Society
Participation: “Generation Like”
Likeable Social Media – Ch 1
http://bit.ly/FSM_peso
http://bit.ly/FSM_contentmark
Watch Meltwater training videos
(announcement on Sakai)
[2] 9/3 Tues SU Comm Dept Background Plan Overview; Form Teams
Group Contracts
Hubspot Certification
Kim – Chapter 1 - finish
Likeable – Ch 2
http://bit.ly/FSM_27tips
Thurs Audience & Monitoring The Social Web
Challenge 1: Social Media Monitoring Audience (in class)
Likeable Social Media – Ch 3-4
http://bit.ly/FSM_tweetcomplaint
Example: Social Media Audit (on Sakai)
[3]
9/10
Tues Social Media Audit
Challenge: Social Media Audit Challenge (in class)
Social Media Audit Report
Read Likeable Social Media Ch 10-14
Thurs Brands as Media Companies; The Semester Project
Strategic Brief & Presentation
[4]
9/17
Tues Lab Day to work on your social media audit
[Dr. K to NYC for NMC event]
Social Media Audit Report (due: 11:55pm)
Kim – Chapter 2 – start
Likeable Social Media – Ch 5
Thurs Facebook Blueprint day
Facebook Blueprint (see assignment instructions on the main
page of Sakai. It is self-explanatory)
[Dr. K to NYC for NMC event]
Kim – Chapter 2 – finish
[5]
9/24
Tues Planning & Content Considerations; Content Calendars
Facebook Blueprint
Kim – Chapter 3 – start
Likeable Social Media – Ch 10-12
http://bit.ly/socialmediapostingsched
Thurs Lab Day: Attendance Required
[6]
10/1
Tues 1st
half of class: Finalize Strategic Brief
2nd
half of class: Present Proposal
Strategic Brief & Presentation
Kim – Chapter 3 – finish
Thurs Planning Our Halloween Contest; Content 1 Lab time Kim – Chapter 4 – start
Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication
Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 3
SU Comm Content: Time Period 1 https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwar
d/2018/06/27/brands-are-cracking-
down-on-influencers-with-fake-
followers/#177ce0ba51e2
[7]
10/8
Tues Digital Influence: Pillars of Influence
Influencers; lab time to research influencers
Likeable Social Media – 9, 16
https://www.prweek.com/article/1494
047/influencers-arent-effective-
product-marketing-edelmans-head-
influencer
Thurs Content #1 Lab Day: Attendance Required
Case Study Paper (Option 1 of 2)
[8]
10/15
Tues 1st
half of class: Finalize content 1
2nd
half: Content #1 Presentations & Debrief
SU Comm Content: Time Period 1 & Presentation
Team Evaluation #1 (in class)
Likeable Social Media, Ch 13
Kim – Chapter 4 – finish
Thurs Fall Break – No Class
[9]
10/22
Tues Ethics and Effects of Social Media; Facebook IQ and
Audience Insights; Lab Time as Available
Facebook Advertising Case Study
Likeable Social Media – Ch 7, 12
Thurs Social Media Metric Planning & Optimizing
Challenge – Metrics Planning (in class)
SU Comm Content: Period 2
Kim – Chapter 5 - start
Likeable Social Media – Ch 8
Suggested: This article offers a good
view of just how much measurement is
an evolving field with many
perspectives:
http://bit.ly/1nL7QvW
[10]
10/29
Tues Optimizing Posting Schedules & Tracking http://bit.ly/FSM_optimize
Kim – Chapter 5 - finish
Thurs Lab Time; Required Team-Professor Meetings #2
(debriefing & check-in moving forward)
Team-Professor Meeting (in class)
Case Study Paper (Option 1 of 2)
Kim – Chapter 6 - start
[11]
11/5
Tues 1st
1/3d: Lab Time
2nd
2/3: Content #2 Presentations & Discussion
SU Comm Content: Time Period 2 & Presentation
SU Comm Content: Period 3
Thurs Facebook Advertising Case Study Presentations
Facebook Advertising Case Study
Kim – Chapter 6 – finish
[12]
11/12
Tues Theories of Social Networks: Social Capital; Strong &
Weak Ties; Social Objects
Hubspot Certification
http://bit.ly/AirBnBandUber <-gr8
article on social capital, AirBnB, and
Uber!
Thurs Class canceled due to snow day
[13]
11/19
Tues Thanksgiving Break – No Class
Thurs Thanksgiving Break – No Class
[14]
11/26
Tues Guest Speaker – Ryan Wenstrup Moore, Associate
Director, PR & Social at GYRO (https://www.gyro.com/)
Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication
Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 4
Note: Schedule subject to change; Readings are to be completed by the date listed below. All assignments due by the start of class on the due
date unless specified otherwise.
Final Exam (Option 2 of 2) Date & Time: See final exam schedule on Shepherd.edu
indicates presentation dates. If miss: May complete Optional Assignment (see below) to make up credit.
Assignments
Teamwork Scale +/- to final grade
Hubspot Social Media Certification (Pass/Late/Fail) 5%
Facebook Blueprint (Pass/Late/Fail) 5%
Social Media Project which is made up of the following: 51%
Social Media Audit Report 7%
Strategic Brief & Presentation 12%
Content #1 & Presentation 8%
Content #2 & Presentation 11%
Content #3 & Presentation 13%
Participation Challenges, Team-Professor Meetings 5%
Social Media Case Study Paper OR final exam (individual) 10%
Facebook Advertising Case Study Presentation 8%
Group Evaluations (2, at 8% each) 16%
Final Grades: Final grades will be determined with the following scale. There is no rounding:
A = 100-90% B = 89.9-80% C= 79.9-70% D= 69.9-60% F =0-59.9%
All	assignments	due	by	the	start	of	class	on	the	due	date	unless	specified	otherwise.
Resources
Department Social Media @shepcomm instagram.com/sucomm shepcommblog.wordpress.com
Dr. Kushin @mjkushin
If you are intent on studying strategic comm, you need to 1) read, and 2) be professionally active on social media. I
post and share content related to school, social media, and PR.
o Lists I cultivate:
§ https://twitter.com/mjkushin/social-media - General Social Media News
§ https://twitter.com/mjkushin/shep - Shepherd and local – play your cards right and you
might end up on this list!
§ https://twitter.com/mjkushin/strategic - PR, marketing, etc., w/ a bend toward new media.
Thurs Keith Stoeckeler, VP/Group Director, Digital at MKTG
Any extra time: Facebook Case Study Lab Time
Lab Day: Finalizing Projects: Work on Content #3 Reports;
Required Team-Professor Meeting #3 (planning); Final
exam review
Team-Professor Meeting (in class)
Learn about him:
http://keithstoeckeler.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithstoe
ckeler/
[15]
12/3
Tues 2 groups: Content 3 Presentations SU Comm Content: Time
SU Comm Content: Period 3 & Presentation
Thurs 2 groups: Content 3 Presentations; High-5 awards; Course
Evaluation
SU Comm Content: Content 3 Presentation
Group Evaluations #2 (in class)
Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication
Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 5
Course Policies
Participation Grade: A portion of your grade comes from participation. These are not “free” points distributed to
students just for showing up. They must be earned. This grade is calculated based on various “participation
challenge” assignments I will assign throughout the semester, general participation in classroom discussion and
evidence of preparation (e.g., attending class having completed the readings), and the student’s contribution to a
productive, inclusive and respectful educational environment for the professor and fellow students.
You will note an assignment on Sakai that reads “Classroom Citizenship” – This is there as a reminder that part of
your participation grade comes from your citizenship. Your entire participation grade can be wiped out for
excessive tardiness, lack of participation in discussion, distracting device use, and lack of a contribution to a
productive, inclusive and respectful educational environment. Do not expect any warnings.
Teamwork Scale and its Impact On Your Class Grade:
Teamwork is vital to the success of this class. In addition to peer evaluations, I will evaluate your behavior in your
group. This is based on your displayed work and citizenship to your team as observed by the professor. You are an
adult. The professor will not waste time lecturing you. It will simply be recorded by the professor and may be
communicated to you on your grade on Sakai.
Active engagement in team discussions and group work, completing all assigned tasks promptly, and being
communicative with teammates is expected from everyone. If you meet this standard, your grade in this class will
not be impacted. Deviations above or below this expectation carries one into “Rockstar” or “The Bane” realms,
resulting in bonuses or deductions to your final grade.
§ Rockstar-like behaviors boost your final grade in this course. They include things such as taking on leadership
and significant extra work in the group - which can be displayed in various forms.
§ Deductions stem from “The Bane” behaviors, which are a blight to your group’s success, such as: Tardy to class
on several occasions without excused absence; Missing more than 2 classes unexcused; Missing group
meetings; Using phone or computer unrelated to class project during team time; Not taking an active role /
general disengagement from team discussions or activities.
Where can I find how I’m fairing? You likely know if you’re being a rockstar or the bane. But, any comments the
professor shares will be listed on “Teamwork” assignment on Sakai. Any positive or negative impact on your grade
will be reflected in the final grade reported at the end of the semester.
Attendance, Being On Time, & Leaving Early:
Department Attendance policy: 2 unexcused absences permitted, full grade deduction for each absence thereafter,
and 5 or more is automatic F. Attendance will be taken every class.
You MUST attend your classes regularly and engage in the requirements for each class; otherwise, your financial
aid may be revoked either partially or in full. This would result in an amount due by you to the University
immediately. Please refer to shepherd.edu/faoweb for more details. If you know you will be missing classes – work
with me ahead of time. High-fives will be given to students who miss no more than 2 classes at the end of the
semester; two-handed high fives for students who miss no classes.
Class participation is important for the success of the class and to your success. You are expected to attend class
regularly and on time and to stay for the duration of class. Students who arrive more than 5 minutes late or leave
lecture before it is complete without notifying the instructor prior to the start of class will receive a reduction in
their overall attendance & participation grade. Do not expect a warning or notification of grade reduction.
Classroom Environment: Play (mp3 players, games on handheld devices, etc), reading non-course related
materials, or working on assignments for other classes is distracting. We’re all here to learn and people pay a lot of
Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication
Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 6
money for their education. Use of Internet devices to take notes & gather information to inform classroom
discussion is strongly encouraged. But browsing & social interaction are not so please minimize use during class. If
your use of any device becomes disruptive, it will negatively impact your participation grade. Although I may speak
with you about this, do not expect a warning prior to reduction nor for the instructor to inform you that your grade
has been reduced. If your ringer goes off during class, please turn it off. If you feel the call may be an emergency,
please step out of class.
Make-up Exams: Make up exams will be offered only once per student with proper documentation (e.g., doctor’s
note) of absence and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Make-up exams will be offered during office hours
and must be complete by the end of the same working day the student returns to class. Make up exams will not be
offered beyond 2 weeks after it is scheduled on the syllabus.
Late assignments: Late means turned in ANYTIME AFTER the end of scheduled class time on the due date. 2
minutes late and 2 hours late are treated equally. Late assignments will be accepted for a 20% reduction in grade
(except participation challenges – which may be turned in for 50% credit [unless university-approved absence or
family emergency]). Late assignments will not be accepted beyond 1 class period late. Students are responsible for
remembering to turn in assignments (online for major papers) or in person prior to end of class on the due date. In
the rare case that a student is not able to attend class on the date an assignment is due, the student may submit
the assignment electronically BEFORE the end of class on the assigned day for full credit. If you are having
email/internet issues, you can fax it to the communication department or slide it under Dr. K’s office door. There
will be no exceptions to the late assignment policy.
Email & Electronic Communication Agreement: I will prioritize & make every effort to respond to communications
sent during virtual office hours ASAP. However, for electronic communication occurring outside of established
Office Hours:
v Students can expect to get a response to an email from me within 48 hours of sending it, often much
sooner. If you don’t hear from me within 48 hours, send a polite reminder.
v If you send me an email or any other electronic communication and I do not respond to it, then I did not
receive it. You will always get a response from me if I received something.
v Students should not expect responses on weekends or after 6pm.
v Email subject lines should include: Class Title & Your name. e.g., “Comm 2000 – Jane Doe”
v In case of real emergency needing response ASAP, add “[emergency]” to subject line. Don’t abuse this!
Academic Dishonesty. Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Shepherd University Academic
Integrity Procedures found in the Shepherd University Student Handbook
(http://www.shepherd.edu/students/studenthandbook.pdf).
By submitting academic work, students warrant that the work is their own and that unauthorized materials or
resources were not used. Plagiarism, fraud, unauthorized use of resources–cheating in all its forms is not
tolerated. All members of the Shepherd community are responsible for maintaining their own academic integrity
and for reporting suspected academic dishonesty.
Plagiarism is the act of stealing and using, as one’s own, the ideas of another or the written expression of the ideas
of another. Students guilty of academic dishonesty in any course will receive sanction from the course instructor
and may face sanctions by the University, particularly if there is a second reported offense. Sanctions may include
dismissal from the University. In this course you will fail any assignment you plagiarize on. Additional sanctions
may be taken at the discretion of the instructor including but not limited to reporting the incident to the proper
university authorities.
Publication: The department of communication has the right to record, file, broadcast, webcast and publish,
through any means necessary, any or all other means of distributing student production work in perpetuity.
COMM maintains an archive of material that we may webcast, broadcast, show in theaters and use for the
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Social Media Class Syllabus - Fall 2018

  • 1. Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 1 COMM 322: Social Media Fall 2018 | 3 Credit Hours Lecture: Location: L10 G Time: T/R 1:50-3:05pm Text: · Social Media Campaigns: Strategies for Public Relations and Marketing by Carolyn Mae Kim · Likeable Social Media by Dave Kerpen · Additional required readings available online The Shepherd bookstore online tool for finding best price on new, used, rentals: Recommended reading: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuck Course Documents & Assignments accessible on Sakai: courses.shepherd.edu Course Overview: The course examines the pervasive impact social media is having on our society, with specific interest in the implications and applications of social media for strategic media professionals. Focus is given to investigating the theoretical and cultural aspects of social media with an aim toward understanding how this communication form has changed our relationship between individuals, organizations, and society. LEAP Goals: #2: Intellectual & Practical Skills throughout the Curriculum Learning Outcomes: ▪ Inquiry & Analysis ▪ Critical Thinking ▪ Oral & Written Communication ▪ Information Literacy ▪ Collaborative Work ▪ Lifelong Learning ▪ Inquiry & Analysis ▪ Critical Thinking ▪ Oral & Written Communication ▪ Information Literacy ▪ Collaborative Work ▪ Lifelong Learning Assessment based on ability to: § Complete Hubspot social media certification § Complete a semester-long project involving planning, executing, and evaluating social media for the Department of Communication at Shepherd University § Professional group presentations. § Meet deadlines. § Work effectively in teams to complete projects. § Demonstrate understanding the strategic use of new and social communication technologies for businesses and organizations and individual career advancement. § Apply key concepts relevant to new and social media to advance understanding of how social networks are manifested in online environments. § Utilize technology to improve critical thinking and writing § Apply basic strategic applications of social media tools, with a focus on 4 key intertwined areas: o Monitoring: Strategies for identifying, cultivating, monitoring, and analyzing information on the social/real-time web. o Metrics: Strategies for setting goals and what to measure on social media. o Optimization: Strategic use of optimization strategies to maximize potential exposure to & engagement with communication content online. o Content & Engagement: Strategies for creating content targeted towards publics online and encouraging their engagement with organization. Professor: Matthew J. Kushin, PhD Office Hours: M: 10-12; W: 10-1.
  • 2. Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 2 [Wee k#] Week of Day Topic Due assignments in bold; assigned in italics; bold / italics are assigned and completed in class. Reading Due / “To Dos” Due [1] 8/27 Tues Intro to Class and Class Project Core Concepts To Do: If you don’t have professional Twitter account – you need it by next class. Add your name and URL to your Twitter account to the Wiki on Sakai. You will also need a Facebook account if you don't have one, sign up – you can use a fake name if you want. Thurs Social Media and Society Participation: “Generation Like” Likeable Social Media – Ch 1 http://bit.ly/FSM_peso http://bit.ly/FSM_contentmark Watch Meltwater training videos (announcement on Sakai) [2] 9/3 Tues SU Comm Dept Background Plan Overview; Form Teams Group Contracts Hubspot Certification Kim – Chapter 1 - finish Likeable – Ch 2 http://bit.ly/FSM_27tips Thurs Audience & Monitoring The Social Web Challenge 1: Social Media Monitoring Audience (in class) Likeable Social Media – Ch 3-4 http://bit.ly/FSM_tweetcomplaint Example: Social Media Audit (on Sakai) [3] 9/10 Tues Social Media Audit Challenge: Social Media Audit Challenge (in class) Social Media Audit Report Read Likeable Social Media Ch 10-14 Thurs Brands as Media Companies; The Semester Project Strategic Brief & Presentation [4] 9/17 Tues Lab Day to work on your social media audit [Dr. K to NYC for NMC event] Social Media Audit Report (due: 11:55pm) Kim – Chapter 2 – start Likeable Social Media – Ch 5 Thurs Facebook Blueprint day Facebook Blueprint (see assignment instructions on the main page of Sakai. It is self-explanatory) [Dr. K to NYC for NMC event] Kim – Chapter 2 – finish [5] 9/24 Tues Planning & Content Considerations; Content Calendars Facebook Blueprint Kim – Chapter 3 – start Likeable Social Media – Ch 10-12 http://bit.ly/socialmediapostingsched Thurs Lab Day: Attendance Required [6] 10/1 Tues 1st half of class: Finalize Strategic Brief 2nd half of class: Present Proposal Strategic Brief & Presentation Kim – Chapter 3 – finish Thurs Planning Our Halloween Contest; Content 1 Lab time Kim – Chapter 4 – start
  • 3. Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 3 SU Comm Content: Time Period 1 https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwar d/2018/06/27/brands-are-cracking- down-on-influencers-with-fake- followers/#177ce0ba51e2 [7] 10/8 Tues Digital Influence: Pillars of Influence Influencers; lab time to research influencers Likeable Social Media – 9, 16 https://www.prweek.com/article/1494 047/influencers-arent-effective- product-marketing-edelmans-head- influencer Thurs Content #1 Lab Day: Attendance Required Case Study Paper (Option 1 of 2) [8] 10/15 Tues 1st half of class: Finalize content 1 2nd half: Content #1 Presentations & Debrief SU Comm Content: Time Period 1 & Presentation Team Evaluation #1 (in class) Likeable Social Media, Ch 13 Kim – Chapter 4 – finish Thurs Fall Break – No Class [9] 10/22 Tues Ethics and Effects of Social Media; Facebook IQ and Audience Insights; Lab Time as Available Facebook Advertising Case Study Likeable Social Media – Ch 7, 12 Thurs Social Media Metric Planning & Optimizing Challenge – Metrics Planning (in class) SU Comm Content: Period 2 Kim – Chapter 5 - start Likeable Social Media – Ch 8 Suggested: This article offers a good view of just how much measurement is an evolving field with many perspectives: http://bit.ly/1nL7QvW [10] 10/29 Tues Optimizing Posting Schedules & Tracking http://bit.ly/FSM_optimize Kim – Chapter 5 - finish Thurs Lab Time; Required Team-Professor Meetings #2 (debriefing & check-in moving forward) Team-Professor Meeting (in class) Case Study Paper (Option 1 of 2) Kim – Chapter 6 - start [11] 11/5 Tues 1st 1/3d: Lab Time 2nd 2/3: Content #2 Presentations & Discussion SU Comm Content: Time Period 2 & Presentation SU Comm Content: Period 3 Thurs Facebook Advertising Case Study Presentations Facebook Advertising Case Study Kim – Chapter 6 – finish [12] 11/12 Tues Theories of Social Networks: Social Capital; Strong & Weak Ties; Social Objects Hubspot Certification http://bit.ly/AirBnBandUber <-gr8 article on social capital, AirBnB, and Uber! Thurs Class canceled due to snow day [13] 11/19 Tues Thanksgiving Break – No Class Thurs Thanksgiving Break – No Class [14] 11/26 Tues Guest Speaker – Ryan Wenstrup Moore, Associate Director, PR & Social at GYRO (https://www.gyro.com/)
  • 4. Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 4 Note: Schedule subject to change; Readings are to be completed by the date listed below. All assignments due by the start of class on the due date unless specified otherwise. Final Exam (Option 2 of 2) Date & Time: See final exam schedule on Shepherd.edu indicates presentation dates. If miss: May complete Optional Assignment (see below) to make up credit. Assignments Teamwork Scale +/- to final grade Hubspot Social Media Certification (Pass/Late/Fail) 5% Facebook Blueprint (Pass/Late/Fail) 5% Social Media Project which is made up of the following: 51% Social Media Audit Report 7% Strategic Brief & Presentation 12% Content #1 & Presentation 8% Content #2 & Presentation 11% Content #3 & Presentation 13% Participation Challenges, Team-Professor Meetings 5% Social Media Case Study Paper OR final exam (individual) 10% Facebook Advertising Case Study Presentation 8% Group Evaluations (2, at 8% each) 16% Final Grades: Final grades will be determined with the following scale. There is no rounding: A = 100-90% B = 89.9-80% C= 79.9-70% D= 69.9-60% F =0-59.9% All assignments due by the start of class on the due date unless specified otherwise. Resources Department Social Media @shepcomm instagram.com/sucomm shepcommblog.wordpress.com Dr. Kushin @mjkushin If you are intent on studying strategic comm, you need to 1) read, and 2) be professionally active on social media. I post and share content related to school, social media, and PR. o Lists I cultivate: § https://twitter.com/mjkushin/social-media - General Social Media News § https://twitter.com/mjkushin/shep - Shepherd and local – play your cards right and you might end up on this list! § https://twitter.com/mjkushin/strategic - PR, marketing, etc., w/ a bend toward new media. Thurs Keith Stoeckeler, VP/Group Director, Digital at MKTG Any extra time: Facebook Case Study Lab Time Lab Day: Finalizing Projects: Work on Content #3 Reports; Required Team-Professor Meeting #3 (planning); Final exam review Team-Professor Meeting (in class) Learn about him: http://keithstoeckeler.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/keithstoe ckeler/ [15] 12/3 Tues 2 groups: Content 3 Presentations SU Comm Content: Time SU Comm Content: Period 3 & Presentation Thurs 2 groups: Content 3 Presentations; High-5 awards; Course Evaluation SU Comm Content: Content 3 Presentation Group Evaluations #2 (in class)
  • 5. Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 5 Course Policies Participation Grade: A portion of your grade comes from participation. These are not “free” points distributed to students just for showing up. They must be earned. This grade is calculated based on various “participation challenge” assignments I will assign throughout the semester, general participation in classroom discussion and evidence of preparation (e.g., attending class having completed the readings), and the student’s contribution to a productive, inclusive and respectful educational environment for the professor and fellow students. You will note an assignment on Sakai that reads “Classroom Citizenship” – This is there as a reminder that part of your participation grade comes from your citizenship. Your entire participation grade can be wiped out for excessive tardiness, lack of participation in discussion, distracting device use, and lack of a contribution to a productive, inclusive and respectful educational environment. Do not expect any warnings. Teamwork Scale and its Impact On Your Class Grade: Teamwork is vital to the success of this class. In addition to peer evaluations, I will evaluate your behavior in your group. This is based on your displayed work and citizenship to your team as observed by the professor. You are an adult. The professor will not waste time lecturing you. It will simply be recorded by the professor and may be communicated to you on your grade on Sakai. Active engagement in team discussions and group work, completing all assigned tasks promptly, and being communicative with teammates is expected from everyone. If you meet this standard, your grade in this class will not be impacted. Deviations above or below this expectation carries one into “Rockstar” or “The Bane” realms, resulting in bonuses or deductions to your final grade. § Rockstar-like behaviors boost your final grade in this course. They include things such as taking on leadership and significant extra work in the group - which can be displayed in various forms. § Deductions stem from “The Bane” behaviors, which are a blight to your group’s success, such as: Tardy to class on several occasions without excused absence; Missing more than 2 classes unexcused; Missing group meetings; Using phone or computer unrelated to class project during team time; Not taking an active role / general disengagement from team discussions or activities. Where can I find how I’m fairing? You likely know if you’re being a rockstar or the bane. But, any comments the professor shares will be listed on “Teamwork” assignment on Sakai. Any positive or negative impact on your grade will be reflected in the final grade reported at the end of the semester. Attendance, Being On Time, & Leaving Early: Department Attendance policy: 2 unexcused absences permitted, full grade deduction for each absence thereafter, and 5 or more is automatic F. Attendance will be taken every class. You MUST attend your classes regularly and engage in the requirements for each class; otherwise, your financial aid may be revoked either partially or in full. This would result in an amount due by you to the University immediately. Please refer to shepherd.edu/faoweb for more details. If you know you will be missing classes – work with me ahead of time. High-fives will be given to students who miss no more than 2 classes at the end of the semester; two-handed high fives for students who miss no classes. Class participation is important for the success of the class and to your success. You are expected to attend class regularly and on time and to stay for the duration of class. Students who arrive more than 5 minutes late or leave lecture before it is complete without notifying the instructor prior to the start of class will receive a reduction in their overall attendance & participation grade. Do not expect a warning or notification of grade reduction. Classroom Environment: Play (mp3 players, games on handheld devices, etc), reading non-course related materials, or working on assignments for other classes is distracting. We’re all here to learn and people pay a lot of
  • 6. Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 6 money for their education. Use of Internet devices to take notes & gather information to inform classroom discussion is strongly encouraged. But browsing & social interaction are not so please minimize use during class. If your use of any device becomes disruptive, it will negatively impact your participation grade. Although I may speak with you about this, do not expect a warning prior to reduction nor for the instructor to inform you that your grade has been reduced. If your ringer goes off during class, please turn it off. If you feel the call may be an emergency, please step out of class. Make-up Exams: Make up exams will be offered only once per student with proper documentation (e.g., doctor’s note) of absence and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Make-up exams will be offered during office hours and must be complete by the end of the same working day the student returns to class. Make up exams will not be offered beyond 2 weeks after it is scheduled on the syllabus. Late assignments: Late means turned in ANYTIME AFTER the end of scheduled class time on the due date. 2 minutes late and 2 hours late are treated equally. Late assignments will be accepted for a 20% reduction in grade (except participation challenges – which may be turned in for 50% credit [unless university-approved absence or family emergency]). Late assignments will not be accepted beyond 1 class period late. Students are responsible for remembering to turn in assignments (online for major papers) or in person prior to end of class on the due date. In the rare case that a student is not able to attend class on the date an assignment is due, the student may submit the assignment electronically BEFORE the end of class on the assigned day for full credit. If you are having email/internet issues, you can fax it to the communication department or slide it under Dr. K’s office door. There will be no exceptions to the late assignment policy. Email & Electronic Communication Agreement: I will prioritize & make every effort to respond to communications sent during virtual office hours ASAP. However, for electronic communication occurring outside of established Office Hours: v Students can expect to get a response to an email from me within 48 hours of sending it, often much sooner. If you don’t hear from me within 48 hours, send a polite reminder. v If you send me an email or any other electronic communication and I do not respond to it, then I did not receive it. You will always get a response from me if I received something. v Students should not expect responses on weekends or after 6pm. v Email subject lines should include: Class Title & Your name. e.g., “Comm 2000 – Jane Doe” v In case of real emergency needing response ASAP, add “[emergency]” to subject line. Don’t abuse this! Academic Dishonesty. Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Shepherd University Academic Integrity Procedures found in the Shepherd University Student Handbook (http://www.shepherd.edu/students/studenthandbook.pdf). By submitting academic work, students warrant that the work is their own and that unauthorized materials or resources were not used. Plagiarism, fraud, unauthorized use of resources–cheating in all its forms is not tolerated. All members of the Shepherd community are responsible for maintaining their own academic integrity and for reporting suspected academic dishonesty. Plagiarism is the act of stealing and using, as one’s own, the ideas of another or the written expression of the ideas of another. Students guilty of academic dishonesty in any course will receive sanction from the course instructor and may face sanctions by the University, particularly if there is a second reported offense. Sanctions may include dismissal from the University. In this course you will fail any assignment you plagiarize on. Additional sanctions may be taken at the discretion of the instructor including but not limited to reporting the incident to the proper university authorities. Publication: The department of communication has the right to record, file, broadcast, webcast and publish, through any means necessary, any or all other means of distributing student production work in perpetuity. COMM maintains an archive of material that we may webcast, broadcast, show in theaters and use for the
  • 7. Matthew J. Kushin, PhD | Department of Communication Shepherd University Course Syllabus .:. 7 promotion of the department and its students. Any monetary gain made by the department will be used only for the development of the program, and student wellbeing. The students who produce the work also maintain the rights to use their work as they see fit, and are liable for that usage. The Office of Disability Support Services at Shepherd University believes that, "the first step to success is access." Disability Support Services is committed to working closely with individuals with exceptionalities to meet their academic and housing needs. Students requesting any disability related accommodation should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 304-876-5122. This includes, but is not limited to students with visual or hearing impairments, students with diagnosed disabilities that affect their learning and in need of academic accommodations, and students requesting specific housing accommodations for health-related reasons. Students must be registered with the Office of Disability Support Services and present their certified accommodation letter to each of their instructors as early in the semester as possible prior to using any granted academic accommodation. For more information, please visit http://www.shepherd.edu/disability.