These are the syllabi for the courses I am teaching.

**note** they are exactly the same, the only difference is the section number.

Fall 2015 Syllabus TR 330p

Fall 2015 Syllabus TR 5p


Description of Assignments

  1. Attendance/Participation: (25 points)

Be here. Class begins at 5:00p. Don’t arrive late, leave early, or make going-away noises before the end of class. 3 absences are allowed. For each additional absence 10% will be deducted from overall grade. Any in class assignments/presentations missed during your absence may not be able to be made up or turned in late.

Be prepared. Bring the #Success book to class each day. If Hard Copies of assignments are due, be sure to print them well in advance as technical difficulties are not an excuse.

Be engaged. Be more than a pulse. Turn off your cell phone and leave your laptop in your backpack. Learn to be comfortable with boredom, awkwardness, and anxiety instead of turning to your devices to avoid these feelings.

Be open. Respect each person’s right to have and share opinions. Appreciate our diversity. Listen and try to learn from others. One purpose of this class is to create a safe environment where everyone is encouraged to share their opinions, emotions, and aspirations in class discussions. Please respect your classmates by maintaining confidentiality and not discussing this information outside of the classroom. Any student exhibiting rude or disrespectful behavior will be asked to leave class and will lose participation points for that day.

  1. Pre-Test (5 points)

To be taken online in Canvas.

  1. My Road Map to USF (10 points)

Create a visual representation of your life up until entering USF. A ‘road map’ of how you got here. Where you are from, what you like to do for fun, all the major things that make up who you are. You can draw, collage, etc. Be creative! We will present these to the class on Day 2.



  1. Journal: My First Week at USF (10 points)

Just like it sounds, recap your first week in college. The high, lows, who you met, and how things are going.

1 page double spaced, 12 point font, normal margins. Uploaded to Canvas.

  1. Journal: The Common Reading Experience (10 points)

Choose the chapter of the story that resonated the most with you. Write about why it affected you and how it made you relate to/or connect with the characters. 1 page double spaced, 12 point font, normal margins. Uploaded to Canvas.

  1. Journal: Service Learning Reflection (10 points)

We will be completing a service project as a class. Everyone is expected to attend and afterwards you will complete a journal that reflects on the experience. What did you know about the location beforehand? Did you have any preconceived notions about the organization or the people there? Did your experience change any ideas you had? 1 page double spaced, 12 point font, normal margins. Uploaded to Canvas.

  1. Goal Setting Worksheet (10 points)

Posted in canvas, the assignment goes over goal setting and how to set SMART goals. Bring this completed to class on the due date.

  1. Planner/Time Management Assignment (10 points)

Pick up a free planner in the Marshall Center (or purchase one on your own). Input all of the important dates for your each class into your planner. Experiment with using different colors for different classes, graphics, etc to keep yourself on track during the semester. Be sure to load all the important dates into your planner as well. Check out #planner and #studyblr for inspiration. Bring your planner filled out to class on the due date.

  1. Discussion Board: My Chosen Career (+2 Replys) (5 points)

What made you choose Mass Communication as your major? What do you want to be when you grow up? Do you have a specific job in mind or just a general idea of the industry you want to be in? Have a dream company you want to work for? Write no more than a paragraph on what you want to be. Then reply to at least 2 other classmate’s postings. These can be any insights you can offer, connections you have, encouragements, collaborations, etc. Each response should be 3-5 sentences. Completed in Canvas.

  1. Expectations Letter to Myself (10 points)

For this assignment, write your response to the following questions (in any order):

What excites you about being a new student at USF?

What are you nervous about?

Who or what will help you get through tough times?

What do you think you will excel at?

What are you hoping to learn in this class? How will it make you a more successful student?

What your expectations for the other classes you are taking this term?

Your response should be at least 250 words in the form of a letter to yourself. Uploaded to Canvas and bring a Hard Copy to class on the due date.

  1. Major Possibilities (MyPlan) Assessments (5 points)

Complete the MyPlan Assessments in Canvas and print and bring to class on due date.

  1. Who’s Who Paper (10 points)

Have you seen those plaques around campus? The ones dedicated to someone on trees, buildings, and walk-ways? Who are those people? In this assignment you are asked to find a dedication plaque anywhere on campus (each student must choose a different plaque, no duplicates). Snap a picture. The research who this person was and answer 3 questions;

Who was this person (background, etc)?

What was their impact at USF/Why are they being honored?”

Why should we care about them?

Write no more than 3 pages double spaced, 12 point font, normal margins and use at least 3 sources. Use APA style to cite your sources. In addition to learning about your campus this paper is to get you introduced to research and citations as well as the Turn-It-In checker that USF uses to detect plagiarism. You should be sure to include at least one direct quote from your sources so you can see how the Turn It In checker looks when it finds questionable material. Will be submitted via Canvas.

  1. Who’s Who Presentation (5 points)

Tell us all about the person and plaque you researched. Be creative! Use some sort of Visual Imagery to tell this person’s story, where you found their plaque. Presentations should be 5-10 minutes in length, no longer.

  1. Service-Learning Project Participation (10 points)

We will be participating in a service activity as a group. This may be an off campus event, and more information will be given as the date is set. Participation is expected. If you have trouble making the event in question, contact the instructor as soon as possible.

  1. Blog: Twitter Chat Write Up (10 points)content

Twitter is the best way to network today. It’s the fastest way to connect people and its become one of the easiest ways to build your personal brand by connecting with your industry of choice. Twitter chats are chats that happen over twitter around a particular #hashtag. You will create a Twitter account (if you don’t already have one) and find a twitter chat related to the industry of your chosen career. Plan to participate in at least one of these chats, and then write up a blog post on the chat, what you learned, and if you found it helpful and would recommend it to others. This will be posted on your WordPress Blog by the due date and should be no more than 400 words.

  1. Blog Post: Photo Safari (min 5 photos) (10 points)

Every communication professional needs to know about visuals and at least a little bit about what goes in to creating them. For this activity, identify 1-4 photographers you admire from Instagram, and explore their style. What sorts of images do they shoot? Animals? Landscapes? Microphotos? Then try your hand at recreating at least 5 shots in their style. Use your Photoshop tutorial skills to really work on these images and do your best. Post these 5 photos to your WordPress blog as well as tell us what photographer you are emulating. Remember you can check cameras out of the library but they are limited so plan ahead to make sure you have ample time to complete this exercise. The idea is that these can be portfolio pieces for you, so be creative and give it your best.

  1. Blog Post: Product Advertisement (10 points)

Appearances aren’t everything, but they are the first thing. For this assignment you will use InDesign and Publisher to create an 8.5 x 11 print advertisement for the company, restaurant, or product of your choice. Ideally this would be a brand you are already familiar with and can articulate what their “style” is, so you can create your advertisement to match up with the existing brand. Have fun, be creative, and explore the software capabilities. This will hopefully become a great portfolio piece for you. Post your completed work on your blog and let us know a little bit about the company and its brand style. Should be no more than 400 words.

  1. Blog Post: Attend a campus event & write article (10 points)

Unleash your inner journalist! Attend a campus event and write a blog about it. What was the event? How many people were there? What was the purpose? Where was it held? Post this as a blog post on your WordPress blog and try to use no more than 400 words. Include at least 1 picture.

  1. Networking Cards (10 points)google me

Networking is one of the best ways to land a job or internship. Create a networking card for yourself (, Vistaprint, etc) and have some printed. Turn in one to the Instructor on the due date but be sure to carry them to any speaker, or professional event.

  1. Final Resume (10 points)

You can’t land a job without a resume! Create a resume using your experiences from the last 5 years. Use the Career Center if you need help. You will turn in a first draft as a hard copy on the due date, and then will revise and submit a final draft by the final draft due date. Explore templates and don’t be afraid to get creative!

  1. LinkedIn Profile & 50 Connections (10 points)

Create a LinkedIn Profile. Be sure to include a professional headshot. Get connected to at least 50 connections.

  1. Informational Interview (10 points)

Using LinkedIn or Google to find a professional connection and do an informational interview with them. Professors are also okay. Ask them about their career, how they got there, any advice they would give someone who wanted to get into that field. 1 page, double spaced, normal margins and uploaded to Canvas by the due date.

  1. WordPress Site (10 points)

Create a personal portfolio site/blog on WordPress. This is where you will post your blog posts as well will serve as the hub for your personal brand.

  1. 4 year course plan (10 points)

After meeting with your academic advisor, map out your next 4 years and what you will be taking. This way you will know exactly what you need and on what day you will graduate. Print this and bring to class on due

 1 Second Everyday Video (10 points)

Download the 1 Second Every Day app and record one second every day of your first semester of college. Keep up with these thru the semester and we will play them back at our last class meetings.

  1. Course Reflection Video Essay (5 points)

What did you learn in this course? Did you find it useful? What would you change? Would you recommend it to others? Shoot a selfie video and give us your feedback. Videos should be no more than 5 minutes. Uploaded to Canvas.

  1. Post-test (5 points)

Completed in Canvas