ASU East

TWC452/552 Information in the Digital Age
Spring 2007
Syllabus

Barbara J. D'Angelo
Multimedia Writing & Technical Communication
Sutton 301P
Phone: 480-727-1160
Email: [email protected]
Yahoo IM ID: barb_dangelo

Office Hours:

Monday 1:00 - 3:00pm
Thursday 9:00 - 11:00am
or by appointment



Course Description and Objectives

"Information Society" and "knowledge worker" have become catchwords of our time, symbolizing the importance of information to our society, culture, and economy. Implicit in the idea of "knowledge worker" and "information society" is the individual's capacity to use information within a given context. This course is about information: how it is created, organized, disseminated, and used with an emphasis on the impact of technologies as well as surrounding economic, legal, and social issues.

This semester we will be using the Sakai course management system. Blackboard will serve as a backup in case of continual technical difficulties with Sakai.

Outcomes

Outcomes articulate the skills, abilities, and knowledge that students learn in the MWTC Program. In your capstone portfolio you will present examples of your work from the courses you have taken to demonstrate your learning based on these outcomes. As you are taking courses, an understanding of the outcomes will help you in two ways: 1) it will help you understand how the various courses tie together and integrate work and experiences and 2) it will help you think about your own work in each course as part of a larger context. In this course, the outcomes that are specifically addressed include:

Course Requirements

This is an online course. If you have never taken an online course, you may want to take the Online Learning Readiness Quiz to see if it's right for you. Read the Course Guidelines and Policies and review all information posted in Sakai to be sure you understand what will be expected of you. Readings and assignments are also posted on the Schedule.

Graduate Students: Students registered for graduate credit (TWC552) will complete an additional assignment.

Course Evaluation

Course outcomes are evaluated through completion of class activities and assignments using the following grading scale:

Assignment Value
Confirmation email 5 pts
Discussion Board (14 @ 10 pts each) 140 pts
Information Organization & Retrieval 10 pts
Information & the Media 10 pts
Newsletter/Magazine Article 15 pts

Scale Grade
162 - 180 pts A Superior. Work is always complete, consistent, thorough, well thought-out, analytical. Assignments consistently demonstrate a superior awareness of audience and purpose. Information is well-organized and formatted, clear, and correct.
144 - 161 pts B Effective. Work is mostly complete, consistent, thorough, thought-out, and analytical. Assignments demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose. Information is organized and formatted, clear, and correct.

126 - 143 pts

C Adequate. Work is complete, somewhat consistent and analytical. Assignments somewhat demonstrate awareness of audience and purpose. Information is not consistently organized and formatted, may be unclear or incorrect.
108 - 125 pts D Inadequate. Work is inconsistent, lacks thoroughness and/or analysis. Assignments demonstrate little awareness of audience and purpose. Information is not well organized or formatted, is unclear and incorrect.
0 - 108 pts E Failure. Work is incomplete, off-topic, offensive, or inappropriate. Assignments demonstrate no awareness of audience and purpose and do not fulfill requirements. Information is not organized or formatted, is unintelligible, unclear, and error-filled.

Graduate Students (TWC552):

Assignment Value
Confirmation email 5 pts
Discussion Board (14 @ 10 pts each) 140 pts
Information Organization & Retrieval 10 pts
Information & the Media 10 pts
Newsletter/Magazine Article 15 pts
Graduate assignment 50 pts

Scale Grade
207 - 230 pts A Superior. Work is always complete, consistent, thorough, well thought-out, analytical. Assignments consistently demonstrate a superior awareness of audience and purpose. Information is well-organized and formatted, clear, and correct.
184 - 206 pts B Effective. Work is mostly complete, consistent, thorough, thought-out, and analytical. Assignments demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose. Information is organized and formatted, clear, and correct.
161 - 184 pts C Adequate. Work is complete, somewhat consistent and analytical. Assignments somewhat demonstrate awareness of audience and purpose. Information is not consistently organized and formatted, may be unclear or incorrect.
138 - 160 pts D Inadequate. Work is inconsistent, lacks thoroughness and/or analysis. Assignments demonstrate little awareness of audience and purpose. Information is not well organized or formatted, is unclear and incorrect.
0 - 137 pts E Failure. Work is incomplete, off-topic, offensive, or inappropriate. Assignments demonstrate no awareness of audience and purpose and do not fulfill requirements. Information is not organized or formatted, is unintelligible, unclear, and error-filled.

+/- grades will not be used in this course

Academic Integrity

As a student in this course you are expected to complete your own work and to properly cite work of others. Please refer to the Student Academic Integrity Policy regarding students rights, responsibilities and obligations.

Last modified: 10 January 2007