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Communication and Information 189
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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Communication and Information Course Listing Digital Communication, Information, and Media 189  

Digital Communication, Information, and Media 189
04:189:151 Virtual Team Dynamics (3) Students learn to understand and navigate the dynamics of the modern technology-infused workplace in which the ability to apply well-developed communication, writing, and technological skills/competencies in virtual settings is vital. Theory, research, and case studies will be analyzed with regard to virtual teambuilding, managing conflict and power dynamics, enhancing creativity and innovation, gathering and disseminating information effectively and ethically, integrating virtual and face-to-face tasks and spaces as appropriate, embracing diversity and inclusion, and facilitating global, intercultural collaboration. The course takes a multi-disciplinary approach to these topics, blending insights from multiple disciplines including communication, psychology, sociology, business, and human resources management.
04:189:152 The Structure of Information (3) Through the lens of different media such as newspaper articles, blogs, Wikipedia entries, social media posts, and news programs, students examine and judge the quality of information presented, analyze the economic and cultural factors that affect the availability and reliability of electronic information, and compare and contrast with other sources. After this exploration of information searching and evaluation, the class will address how information is organized and attributed.
04:189:220 Data in Context (3) This course introduces students to the interplay between data and its surrounding societal context. It will cover the basics of data science, focusing on the ethical, legal, and social implications of data and  algorithms. Students will learn to conceptualize and evaluate practical applications of data science in communication, information, and media contexts.
04:189:251 Strategic Presentation Methods in Digital Media (3) This course examines theories and techniques for analyzing, producing, and disseminating messages. Students will learn how to use web-based and multimedia presentation tools to connect with a variety of audiences and convey a desired message. Each student will craft a message to support some social change by developing and shaping the message into compelling digital media presentations in a range of formats.
04:189:351 Leadership in Digital Contexts (3) Students will use a variety of exercises and scenarios to employ creativity and innovation in problem solving, weigh risk, perform leadership and management roles with peers, and grapple with the consequences of making and implementing decisions in digital environments. Students will learn how to assess and select among various technologies for making and disseminating decisions. This course presents a framework for understanding the role of technology in leadership functions including planning, information dissemination, consensus building, negotiation, and engagement with stakeholders for informed and participative decision making in online and virtual settings. Prerequisite: 04:189:151 or 152; 04:189:251.
04:189:352 Self and Society in Virtual Contexts (3) Students explore what it means to have multiple and merging "identities" in an online community. How are interpersonal relationships and group interactions manifested in virtual environments? How are identity and selfhood expressed? What is the impact on communication when gender, race, and other physical attributes are self-selected and represented digitally? What are the implications for privacy and security? What does this mean for the workplace? What do "human rights" mean in a virtual society and is citizenship changed with purely online interaction? Students will evaluate the consequences of a digital context on the self and society. Prerequisite: 04:189:251.
04:189:353 Digital Technology and Disruptive Change (3) This course explores whether and how emerging digital technologies--such as social, mobile, wearable media; virtual worlds and games; sensor-laden devices and environments; robotics; drones; implantable chips; artificial intelligence--contribute to disruptive changes in relationships, organizations, societies, and selves. Multiple perspectives on communication, information, and media will be applied in analyzing the extent to which the structure, norms, and dynamics of modern social life have changed and have experienced continuity, and the conditions under which such changes can be considered disruptive. Micro- and macro-level processes and outcomes (interpersonal, cultural, institutional, political, global) of emerging digital technologies will be examined. SAS Core Learning Goals met by this course: CCO-2: Analyze the relationship that science and technology have to a contemporary social issue. Information Technology and Research (ITR) y: Employ current technologies to access information, to conduct research, and to communicate findings.
04:189:398 Special Topics in Communication and Information (3)
At times, special topics classes may be offered as alternate electives in the digital communication, information, and media minor.
04:189:451 Capstone in Digital Communication, Information, and Media (3) The capstone course is designed to facilitate students' synthesis of what they have learned in the program, through a directed project. Students will first work together in class to identify and refine projects or areas of research to complete. Capstone project presentations will be captured digitally for feedback from the larger community. Capstone projects may be done individually or in pairs. Projects will contribute to the students' websites; a portion of this class will include preparation of a website of material from the minor.
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 15 credits within the minor, or completion of 12 credits and concurrent enrollment in one other DCIM course. Open only to declared DCIM minors.
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