COMM 151

Computer-Mediated Communication

Description: (Formerly numbered Communication Studies 151.) Lecture, four hours. Examination of how computer technology, particularly Internet, has influenced patterns of human communication. History and distinctiveness of computer-mediated communication (CMC). CMC's influence on modern economic, political, and social interaction. Letter grading.

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Winter 2022 - I took this class Winter of my first year because I want to apply to the Communications major. This class has interesting content that is fairly applicable to our everyday lives. It’s not too hard either! Professor Groeling has great lectures with an interesting, dry sense of humor. This course covers a broad topic, so we covered new units every day like “Advertising,” “Privacy,” “Government Repression,” and even the history of computers and the internet. The workload of this class involves a lot of reading and it can be challenging to keep up at times. The grading is based on 3 Exams (18% each, 54%), Projects (40%), and Reading Quizzes (6%) If you like to read peer-reviewed and news articles, you’ll love this class. Each class has 2-4 readings raining from 10-grade level to Graduate school difficulty. During the lecture, he will do a 1 question quiz through iClicker that also ranges in difficulty. I prepared for all of the classes and only missed 4 of the 25+ quizzes. Fortunately, there are plenty of opportunities to make up those missed points. The exams involve a 12 point test (short and long answers) and a 6 point, two pages, take-home essay. A good amount of questions that are on the exam was written by the class for a quiz make-up credit. The projects are the most interesting. You will have a large menu of projects to choose from (ranging from 3-5 points) and must combine any of them to make 40 total points. There is only one mandatory group project (worth 10 points) that everyone in the class does at the beginning. Overall, Professor Groeling runs a great class that I looked forward to most days. Even if I wasn’t particularly interested in one unit, I could often look forward to the next. I recommend you take this class, and if you put in some effort, your GPA will thank you.
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