District Syllabus
Survey Of Mass Communication

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
This course covers the history and development of mass media in the 

U.S. and how those media affect society. Media covered include 

newspapers, magazines, radio, television and film along with a study 

of the impact of advertising and public relations. General education, 


Required Materials: Books:
  • Campbell. Media Essentials, 2nd ed., Bedford St. Martins. Copyright 2013, 2013. ISBN: 9781457601088
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes

I. Critical Thinking: Students will evaluate the validity of their 

own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 

synthesizing results into the creative process. 	    	

IV. Information Literacy: Effectively locate, evaluate, and apply 
information from a variety of sources.  

V. Cultural Literacy: Students will develop an appreciation of human 

culture and its diversity and the role of the creative arts in 




Course Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Trace the history of mass media in the United States.

2. Explain how the various media survive and thrive


3. Explain how technology is changing media.

4. Show an understanding of media careers today.

5. Discuss issues affecting media (such as violence and other

controversial content, commercialism, censorship).


Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 

outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 

instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. 

Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed 

by the instructor for each section being taught.

Students take two major exams: The first covers media history,

communications theory, economics, and an analysis of the print media 

today; the second covers analysis of other media today (film,

broadcasting, recorded music, the Internet), the functions of 

advertising and public relations, media ethics, and the relationship

of government to media. Students also take about a dozen short

quizzes based on assigned reading and write a paper analyzing an 

issue of a newspaper or magazine, radio or TV ad, music video, or

some other media form.

Test scores and, to a lesser extent, class participation, determine

course grades. Students may earn extra points by doing research and 

making reports to the class.


Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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