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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:
No prereqs found
Must be in one of the following Classifications: Junior or Senior
Course Description and Credit Hours
The primary content consists of student skills to live and work in a digital environment by developing technological skills in use and application of digital tools, such as sophisticated mobile device applications, computer-mediated collaboration, content management, social media and personal branding strategies, and cloud-based applications. Students develop or refine their virtual presence using current and appropriate tools. Course activities include writing assignments to meet the W requirement, but these will be integrated into other topics within the course. Writing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper-division student will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs in other areas of the course.
Writing proficiency within the discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper-division student in this discipline will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs in other areas of the course. This course requires students to utilize their computing knowledge by extending existing knowledge through the development and analysis of relevant computing applications within the discipline. Extensive use of the computer is a condition for passing the course. Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.
*Syllabus subject to change: students will be notified of changes in a class announcement in Blackboard Learn and email.
Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
- NONE / NO TEXT REQUIRED (Required)
See Other Course Materials.
Other Course Materials
Course Materials in Lieu of Textbook: Students are required to use the online library facilities available to them at The University of Alabama, including SCOUT. Sometimes ‘optional’ readings are suggested. Each student is expected to have access to the following:
Personal computing device(s) – Each student must have his/her own personal computing device (IOS or Windows laptop or desktop) or access to a device with programs used in the class.
Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. PDF Reader. Other freeware to be determined each semester; students will be notified at start of each semester.
Professional-looking photo (head shot or shoulders up shot) in digital format (.jpg or .gif). Because the focus of the electronic portfolio is for job searches, dress in photo should be professional (e.g., suit and tie or shirt and tie; work style dress). No photos from weddings, in the car, canoe trips, etc. This is advanced warning that such a photo is going to be required.
Backup Tool or Strategy - external devices such as USB, uploading work to the student’s UA+Box account or other backup arrangements separate from computer. Students must back up work for this class.
Headset Microphone - Each student should have their own headset with a microphone for VoIP calls and to record audio files.
*Tools may change just prior to the beginning of class to reflect new technologies and trends in use, but these notifications will be posted as the class begins.
Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes
Goal & Topic Outcome Measures
1.0 Understand computer-mediated communications for professional collaboration.
1.1 Demonstrate ability to conduct a meeting via VoIP including IM notes and recording.
1.2 Illustrate professional use of social media following.
1.3 Support choice of professional social media following.
1.4 Demonstrate rules of etiquette, email management tool use, & identification of limitations & trends in email use in professional settings.
2.0 Examine and critically analyze emerging ethical issues, standards, and policies associated with social media in the workplace.
2.1 Demonstrate ability to use social bookmarking as a creator of information.
2.2 Demonstrate ability to share links via a social bookmarking site employing the groups feature
2.3 Examine social media behavior in the workplace related to digital ethics, standards, and policies.
2.4 Identify relevant, current research sources in the literature.
2.5 Analyze and discuss findings of literature review.
2.6 Illustrate use of APA Writing Style format.
3.0 Describe and critically analyze how organization’s policies on digital privacy and security relate to the workplace.
3.1 Demonstrate knowledge of first defense strategies including browsers, email management, software, and web applications.
3.2 Identify preventative and repair strategies associated with technology use and internet safety & privacy.
3.3 Demonstrate ability to update anti-virus/malware, browsers and software, and set/change internet settings.
3.4 Examining behavior related to workplace digital privacy and security in terms of implications and policies.
3.5 Identify relevant, current research sources in the literature.
3.6 Analyze and discuss findings of literature review.
3.7 Illustrate use of APA Writing Style format.
4.0 Master two or more mobile applications (apps) related to the workplace based on research into what is trending in the career area of student.
4.1 Demonstrate ability to locate mobile apps related to career development or job searches.
4.2 Identify source(s) for reviews of mobile apps related to student’s major area (career area).
4.3 Critique and Illustrate advanced use(s) of two mobile-based tools for professional purposes - related to the workplace.
4.4 Download and use two or more mobile apps for productivity (e.g. client data sharing, expense reports, travel planning, scheduling, etc.) found to be appropriate in the workplace or student’s field of study.
4.5 Demonstrate use of app(s) to create .pdf documents.
5.0 Explore the use of professional electronic portfolios (e-ports) as part of virtual presence and career activities in each student’s area of study (career area).
5.1 Research one or more tools to use to develop web-based eport.
5.2 Examine one or more eports in students’ fields of work.
5.3 Demonstrate use of presentation software with voiceover.
5.4 Identify ways in which eports relate to job searches and professional virtual presences.
5.5 Illustrate use of web site (eport) creation tool for professional online presence.
Assessments, Exams and Assignment
Writing (W) Designation
The (W) designation indicates that one of the conditions for a passing grade is that students individually write coherent, logical and carefully edited prose in a minimum of two papers, at least one of which will be graded and returned before mid-term. These assignments require a student to demonstrate higher-level critical thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis. All writing assignments will be graded and commented upon and become part of the student’s course grade. Writing proficiency within the discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper division student will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs other course requirements. If a student has concerns or questions about their papers (before or after submission), contact the professor immediately and set up a time to discuss your paper. This core designation does not apply to graduate students enrolled in CSM 447. Students who need further training and support in developing their writing skills are encouraged to contact the professor and take advantage of the resources available at the UA Writing Center.
Exams and Assignments
All assignments have specific due dates and are due before midnight (11:59 PM) Central Time. Due dates are located in the Calendar, detailed class schedule and in the My Grades area. No late work is graded unless it meets criteria outlined in Missed Exams or Late Work Section. Each student is expected to complete cognitive activities on course content or to demonstrate skill acquisition through research, writing, product development and quiz assessments. Cognitive assessments, computing products, skill demonstrations, and writing products are used for evaluation in this course.
Writing (W) proficiency within the discipline is required for a passing grade in this course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper-division student will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs in other areas of the course. This course will include at least two major writing assignments. The written assignments require coherent, logical and carefully edited prose to demonstrate higher-level critical thinking skills, such as analysis and synthesis. Writing assignments will use TurnItIn for submission in the course. At least one of the written assignments will be graded, commented upon and returned by mid-term. Descriptions and specific guidelines for the assignments will be provided in Blackboard Learn. Evaluation criteria are outlined in each assignment grading rubric. All assignment must be typed and submitted via TurnItIn in Blackboard. Work must be referend per the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th edition). I expect high-quality work that is logically sequenced, fully referenced, and written for a well-education audience. Poor grammar or numerous typos will result in lower scores (egregious errors will result in multi-grade reductions).
Computer (C) Designation
Computing (C) proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course. Descriptions and specific guidelines for the activities, exercises, and assignments will be provided in Blackboard Learn. Evaluation criteria are outlined in each assignment grading rubric. This course requires students to utilize their computing knowledge by extending existing knowledge through the development and analysis of relevant computing applications within the Consumer Sciences discipline. The professor expects high-quality work on assignment. Extensive use of the computer is a condition for passing the course. The computing designation does not apply to graduate students enrolled in CSM 447. All assignments have specific due dates and are due before Midnight (11:59 PM) Central Time. Due dates are located in the Calendar, detailed Class Schedule as well as in the My Grades area. No late work is graded unless it meets criteria outlined in Missed Exams or Late Work Section. Each student is expected to complete cognitive activities on course content or to demonstrate skill acquisition through writing, product development and quiz assessments. Products, skill demonstrations, writing products, and cognitive assessments are used for evaluation in this course.
Assignment grades will post no later than 10 days after the due date. Writing assignments will be graded and commented upon and become part of the assigned grade. At least one writing assignment will be graded by the mid-term point in the course. A student who does not write with the skill normally required of an upper division student will not earn a passing grade, no matter how well the student performs other course requirements. *Writing proficiency is required to pass this course. Extensive use of the computer is a condition for passing the course. *Computing proficiency is required for a passing grade in this course.
Grades for each assignment will be based on explicit criteria in the grading rubric. Students have access to the rubrics to review and it is highly recommended do so before submitting any assignment. This gives the student a chance to correct any flaws or deficiencies before submission of an assignment. In the My Grades area, students can view each assignment grade, grading feedback/comments, grading rubric, and cumulative points for the class overall as well as cumulative points for the writing portion of the class. No late work is graded (See Policy on Missed Exams or Coursework); any assignment not submitted correctly will receive a grade of zero. One submission per assignment.
Grading Challenges: Grading challenges will be considered for seven (7) days after an assignment grade has posed and only when accompanied with a written explanation of what the student believes to be the correct answer or grading error. After 7 days, the grading will stand and no challenges will be considered.
Mid-Term and Final Grades: Stopped Attending - F & Never Attended - F Grading Information
Please be reminded that it is your responsibility to drop a class that you never attend or stop attending. If you fail to drop a class that you never attend or stop attending, you will be assigned a grade of “F” or "NC" for that class, the grade will be part of your permanent academic record, and it will impact your GPA. The Office of the University Registrar does not adjust student registration based on the assignment of failing grades with a reason of Never Attended or Stopped Attending. The student will bear the responsibility of dropping a course within the published guidelines. No tuition adjustments will be made for students who receive a failing grade for reasons of Never Attended or Stopped Attending. Following the last day to drop a course with a “W” for the term, any midterm grades of “F” or “NC” that have been submitted with a reason of Never Attended or Stopped Attending will be reflected on the transcript as the student’s final grade for the class. Likewise, grades of “F” or “NC” submitted during final grading with a reason of Never Attended or Stopped Attending will be reflected on the transcript as the student’s final grade for the class. Whether submitted during midterm grading or final grading, the reason for the “F” or “NC” grade will not appear on the transcript. For a more detailed explanation of the new procedure, please visit the Non-Attendance Grading Information Page. Please note that grades of "NC" can only be assigned in freshman composition and introductory math courses. For any additional questions, please contact The Office of the University Registrar at 205-348-2020 or by email at email@example.com.
Grading Criteria: The grade for the course will be based on explicit criteria for each assignment. Grading rubrics are provided for students to view prior to assignment submission in addition to assignment instructions. After grading concludes, student can view the grade, comments/feedback and rubrics in the My Grades area.
The final grade will be based on the following:
Introductory Module Quiz: 12 Points
Writing Assignments: 75 Points
Writing Assignment 1- 40 pts (50%)
Writing Assignment 2 -20 pts (30%)
Writing Assignment 3 -15 pts (20%)
Computing Assignments & Quizzes: 125 Points
4 Quizzes (40 pts )
5 Assignments (85 pts)
Total: 212 Points
Final course grades will be determined (Grade Ranges) as follows if the writing proficiency and computer proficiency has been met:
100-97 % = A+
96-94 % = A
93-90 % = A-
89-87 % = B+
86-84 % = B
83-80 % = B-
79-77 % = C+
76-74 % = C
73-70 % = C-
9-67 % = D+
66-64 % = D
63-60 % = D-
59-0 % = F
Policy on Missed Assessments
Do not wait until the last minute to submit your assessments. Work submitted after the due dates listed in Blackboard may result in a grade of zero. The instructor is solely responsible for determining whether provisions will be made for unforeseen circumstances. You must report these circumstances as soon as possible after the event. You may be required to produce documentation.
Please contact the instructor if there are questions about missed due dates.
Notification of Changes
The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.
This class is a web-based class, with all of the materials available on the online learning platform, Blackboard Learn, provided by UA and/or other online locations. Attendance is not required in the traditional sense of face-to-face. What is required in lieu of actual attendance in the lab or a physical classroom space, the student will spend sufficient time on his/her own computer to master the content.
Attendance is considered important in any class because of the focus placed on reaching mastery of the skill sets. This class is an asynchronous, web-based class, with all of the materials online in or through Blackboard Learn. Attendance is required. Students need to plan to spend at least as much time at the computer reading the web site as would spent sitting in a three-credit course for 3 hours each week, in addition to the time required to complete activities and the assignment products. For a typical class students would be expected to go to class 150 minutes per week; in addition, the rule of thumb is 2 or 2.5 or even 3 times as much time for study and preparation. Therefore, students should plan to spend 6 to 9 hours in preparation in addition to the 3 hours of attendance per week on this course in order to maintain regular progress. Students have to take the time to read the instructions, complete activities and produce the products. Attendance is defined as the time spent at your computer, working on the course content spending sufficient, prescribed time to master the content and submitting assignments. Attendance is not merely logging into the class, one must be actively participating online submitting assignments. Students are also expected to check the class Announcements several times a week. Class communications for the course are completed with the announcements feature in the Blackboard Learn portal. Individual contact is conducted with the official student UA Email and is also expected to be checked on a regular basis.
To obtain assistance with technical issues (removing pop-up blockers, opening pages or quizzes, etc.) or if you are unable to see the course content or have other questions regarding the course itself, please visit the College of Continuing Studies Online Course Technical Support Site to submit a request, or call 205-348-9157 (Toll Free: 1-866-205-1011) during their regular business hours.
This online course requires a modern Mac or PC computer and high-speed internet connection. Your computer must also have a compatible browser, PDF viewer, speakers or headphones, microphone, and productivity software such as Office.
Minimum Student Technical Skills
Taking an online course requires a general computer literacy. Students are expected to be able to use Crimson email, Blackboard, web browsers, and general word processing programs prior to enrolling in an online course. Student needing assistance using Blackboard are encouraged to visit the UA Blackboard support site.
The University of Alabama is committed to helping students uphold the ethical standards of academic integrity in all areas of study. Students agree that their enrollment in this course allows the instructor the right to use electronic devices to help prevent plagiarism. All course materials are subject to submission to TurnItIn.com for the purpose of detecting textual similarities. Assignments submitted to TurnItIn.com will be included as source documents in TurnItIn.com’s restricted access database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism in such documents. TurnItIn.com will be used as a source document to help students avoid plagiarism in written documents.
The Capstone Creed
The Capstone Creed was created by the Student Leaders Council. In the spring of 2000, a discussion of campus culture among student leaders led to an effort to identify the core values that sustain us as members of the University community. The Student Leaders Council recognized that the Capstone experience is not limited to our formal affiliation with the University during enrollment and that the University community does not end at the geographic boundaries of campus. As members of the Capstone community, there is a common thread that unites us all, and the Student Leaders Council has endeavored to make those core values manifest through the implementation of a campus-wide creed with which all Capstone stakeholders can identify.
The Capstone Creed reads: As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge; act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do.
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.
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.
The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility. The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact) provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.