PSU Learning Outcomes

C&MS Department Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate effectively orally.

The ability to speak effectively is a core skill for all Communication and Media Studies students. Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly in one-on-one situations, in group situations, and in public speaking situations.

 

  1. Communicate effectively in writing.

Students will demonstrate the ability to write effectively and clearly. Written communication includes academic papers with cited sources, various types of reports and memos, letters, resumes, emails, text messages, tweets, status updates, etc.

 

  1. Communicate effectively using a variety of communication and information technologies and media.

Technology is an increasingly important communication tool and all Communication and Media Studies students will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of technologies to communication effectively.

 

  1. Explain the process of human communication in its various contexts.

Human communication is a process through which information is passed from one person to one or more other people. The communication occurs in a variety of contexts, from the interpersonal (one on one communication) to mass communication via media corporations (newspapers, magazines, TV shows, movies, radio, etc.). Communication and Media Studies students will be able to explain how communication occurs in these various contexts (Ex. Daily participation, quizzes, exams, papers).

 

  1. Explain how human communication is impacted by various technologies and media.

Communicating face to face with a single other person is different than communicating with that same person via email or text message or Twitter. Each Communication and Media Studies student will be able to explain the ways in which various technologies and media types impact the communication that occurs between humans.

 

  1. Explain the significance of major moments in communication and media history.

Each Communication and Media Studies student will be able to explain the ways in which major historical moments in communication and media impacted and continue to impact how we communicate.

 

  1. Use the history of communication and media to explain the present and anticipate the future of the field.

Our current communication and media landscape arose from major moments in communication and media history. Each Communication and Media Studies student will demonstrate their understanding of communication and media history by explaining our current landscape and by using that history to make predictions about the future of our communication landscape.

 

  1. Use communication theory to analyze and evaluate individual, group and mass media messages for how they work and for their consequences.

Communication theory explains how messages between individuals, among group members and from the mass media work as well as their consequences. Each Communication and Media Studies student will demonstrate the ability to analyze and evaluate these messages.

 

  1. Create communicative materials that incorporate communication theory, audience analysis, and rhetorical and persuasive strategies.

Each Communication and Media Studies student will demonstrate their ability to use appropriate theories, analyses and strategies to create messages that result in the consequences that the student intends.

 

  1. Understand and apply the concepts of social and legal regulation as they relate to the use of existing and the creation of new communicative materials.

Each Communication and Media Studies student will demonstrate an understanding of social norms, laws and other regulations related to issues such as copyright and intellectual property. The student will be able to apply his/her knowledge effectively in the use of existing and creation of new messages.

 

  1. Be sensitive to and respectful of cultural differences in communicative and media practices.

Each Communication and Media Studies student will demonstrate an understanding of and sensitivity to cultural differences in a variety of communication contexts.

 

  1. Recognize an ethical responsibility to other individuals, the community, the discipline, the profession and society as a whole based on various perspectives and associated standards of ethical communication in face-to-face and mediated environments.

Each Communication and Media Studies student will demonstrate an understanding of his/her ethical responsibilities in a variety of communication contexts. In particular, each student will have developed a personal code of ethics as well as an ability to apply that code to a variety of communication scenarios.