1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Custom Sections
  14. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  15. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  16. Severe Weather Protocol
  17. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  18. Religious Observances
  19. UAct Statement

Coor Delivry Info W/Digtl Tech

CSM 570-920Spring 2019 | 3 Credit Hours


Juanita McMath

Contact Information

UA Campus Directory:

Virtual Office Hours: T - R 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. by email, Skype or phone. Other times by appointment.


UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

With concurrency: CSM 564.

Prerequisite(s): CSM 564 – Digital Tools

Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: CSM 566 – Introduction to Multimedia

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

An ever-growing range of options are available for delivering information via digital technologies, including web-based tutorials, online courses, webinars, synchronous and asynchronous communication media, multimedia presentations, Web 2.0 technologies, and wireless hand-held devices. The tools needed to coordinate these technologies will be addressed from the viewpoint of developer and content manager.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
  • NONE / NO TEXT REQUIRED (Required)

None. Digital resources will be selected and presented as an online course reader. Certain pieces of software may need to be purchased, which may change in some terms, based on new developments and product. As a distance education student, you have access to online resources, including those provided to students by The University of Alabama. You will find the quality, academic resources available to you at: http://www.lib.ua.edu/distanceed/

Course Objectives

1.0 Understand current practices in the field of consumer communications

2.0 Grasp options for online delivery tools as best matched purpose and platform.

3.0 Understand the implications for design of using one or more online delivery platforms.

4.0 Understand the significance of the intended audience as related to computer-mediated communications.

5.0 Understand the significance of the technical environment in which computer-mediated communications and collaboration might occur.

6.0 Understand the role of evaluation in coordination and delivery of computer-mediated information.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will:

1.1 Identify examples of current practices in use of interactive technology in consumer communications

1.2. Summarize literature of best practices research related to consumer communication.

2.1 Identify a salient consumer-related project

2.2 Define a consumer-related project proposal

2.3 Describe necessary milestones, hurdles, and resources for communication project success

3.1 Demonstrate the ability to apply one or more online delivery approaches for promotion of consumer-related project.

3.2 Demonstrate the ability to critique one or more products on identified online delivery platforms.

3.3 Demonstrate the ability to present materials for electronic delivery in various technical environments

Other Course Materials

• You must have access to Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint)

• You must have Adobe Acrobat, Acrobat Reader, or another PDF reader

• You must have speakers or headphones installed and working properly on your computer before beginning the course.

Outline of Topics

Current practices in use of interactive technology in consumer science environments.

  1. Best practices research related to information communication.

  2. Current platforms used for delivery of online information for consumer communication, training and/or information sharing.

  3. Evaluation/critique of products on identified online delivery platform.

  4. Presentation of materials for electronic delivery in various technical environments

Exams and Assignments

This course will not have a midterm or final. All assignments are project-based and will be graded according to the grading rubrics provided for each assignment. All assignments (products and discussions) are due before midnight Central Standard Time (Alabama time). Review the detailed schedule for due dates.

Grading Policy

Grading is based on a (100%) percentage system:

A = 100 - 90; B = 89 - 80; C = 79 - 70; D = 69-60; F = Below 60

Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

All assignments have specified due dates. Late work is not graded without either a medical excuse or prior arrangements (before the due date/time) with the professor for those times that do not meet a medical excuse (moving and no internet access, official travel for work, unusual emergencies, military duty, jury duty, etc.). Email Professor McMath at jmcmath@ches.ua.edu before the due date for such circumstances.

Medical Excuse. If the student is unable to complete the assignment by the due date because of illness, provide a doctor's excuse within 7 days of the return to school date on the excuse for a make-up date. The excuse only needs the dates the student was not able to attend school and must be on the medical caregiver's letterhead form -- No diagnosis, only dates. Send the excuse electronically to Professor McMath at the office fax 205.348.8721 or email a PDF of the excuse to the professor within the required 7 days.

Attendance Policy

This class is an asynchronous, web-based class, with all of the materials online on the course web site. Traditional attendance is not required. Therefore, meeting the class due dates reflects the level of work put into the class (i.e. the attendance).

You need to plan to spend at least as much time at the computer reading the web site as you would spend sitting in a three-credit course, in addition to the time required for you to complete the products. For a typical class you would be expected to go to class 150 minutes per week; in addition, the rule of thumb is 2 or 2.5 times as much time for study and preparation. Therefore, you should plan to spend at least 300 minutes (5 hours) per week on this course in order to maintain regular progress. If your typing and computer skills are more advanced, it may take less; if your skills need refinement and practice, it may take longer. There are no short-cuts for this course. You have to take the time to read the instructions, do the activities and produce the products.

Elasticity Statement

The professor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the professor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the professor will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The UAct website provides an overview of The University's expectations regarding respect and civility.