When you successfully complete this course, you should be able to meet these requirements:
There is no formal prerequisite for this class. However, if you have not taken some lower-level SFL classes and a research methods course, you may find the course more challenging.
You will need to buy this textbook to complete the course:
Children, Adolescents, & Media (3rd edition) by Strasburger, Wilson, & Jordan. Sage, 2014.
You will complete two major projects and several smaller assignments during the course.
To make sure you have the best experience with the course, follow these steps for each lesson:
All of your assignments should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font, and formatted using APA publication standards (6th edition) when applicable.
Although I will usually provide approximate word counts that written assignments should not exceed, your answers should be as long as they need to be in order to effectively complete the assignment, which generally falls into the guidelines provided for each assignment. Please see the information about the individual assignments in each lesson for more details.
Please format and save all your answers for the portfolio assignment in the same document (in Word .DOC or .DOCX format). Each assignment should start on a new page, clearly labeled with the title of the assignment. Submit the document when you have completed all the individual assignments.
Use the course name, your name, and the assignment title in the filename for the portfolio document, like so:
Note: Do not submit the assignment until you have completed all of the relevant questions in a single document!
This project involves coding media for content related to families or human development. More detail will be given on this project during the methodology lecture. Essentially, you will create a coding scheme, code media, run some basic results, and write up the results in a research paper. Please watch the methodology lecture and read the content analysis instructions (in the “Content Analysis Project Plan” folder) before beginning this assignment.
The project plan includes these components:
The final project includes these components:
To help you become more media literate, you will be required to create a blog and write at least ten entries over the course, describing and analyzing the media content you were exposed to that week. Just write about what you are normally consuming in the media. This works best if you do this over the course of multiple weeks, as it would be difficult to do this assignment in a very short period of time. Your thoughts on the content (was it good? bad?) as well as the potential effects should be occasionally discussed. My blog can be found at Dr. Coyne’s Blog, where I will sometimes post my media musings.
You will take two exams for this course. Each is worth 200 points and is closed book and notes, but there is no time limit.
Exams consist of multiple-choice questions and short-answer questions concerning reading assignments, class lectures, and videos.
You may bring one 3 x 5 card of handwritten notes to the exam. Rarely in life are you called upon to regurgitate vast amounts of information without any resources, so I don’t think it is fair to require it in this case. You can write whatever you want on the card but can only use one side.
Here are the assignments and exams that make up your course grade:
|Content Analysis Project Plan (coding scheme, coding sheet, and pilot data)||100|
|Final Assignments (Submitted Singly)|
|Completed Content Analysis Project (including data and paper)||200|
Your course grade will be calculated using these percentages:
These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.
4 portfolios, one project, one media blog. You may not resubmit assignments.
One proctored midcourse exam and one proctored final exam. Both are instructor graded. You may retake each exam once for a fee. You must pass the final exam to earn credit for the course.
Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor.
Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.
All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.
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