CMST 130: Survey of Digital Communications

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Introduces students to digital communications, with an emphasis on the social impact of new media. Students explore emerging technologies and study their application in a variety of environments. Empowers students to critically analyze and create basic digital projects, while learning how to be responsible digital citizens.

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  1. New Media Communications Theory: An investigation of communications theory and digital communications theory from the textbook and lectures on Marshall McLuhan, Paul Long, Arthur Keoker, and other theorists.
  2. Copyright and Internet Laws: FCC regulations, and copyright laws as they pertain to digital communications from the textbook, lectures, and group discussions.
  3. Ethical Practices of New Media Communications: How to be a responsible digital citizen by following ethical practices as discussed in class and lectures.
  4. Digital Media Production: Practical application of digital media by producing small scale video projects in a team environment, and uploading projects to the web.
  5. Social Media Application: Practical application of digital communications as it pertains to social media by creating and communicating using Facebook, Skype, Twitter, and Blogs in a professional setting.
  6. History of New Media: An introduction to the history of media communications, from TV to the advent of podcasting and internet channels.