Mass Media and Society Syllabus



Communication 140 is a required core course for communication majors. Mass Media and Society focuses on the concept of media literacy. The course is designed to help students become more knowledgeable about all facets of the media and more strategic users of media messages. Students learn how the mass media operates and how to use the media in better ways to achieve their own personal goals.

Learning Model Architecture


No prerequisites required

Required Materials

Textbook (available as an eBook): Potter, W. James, "Introduction to Media Literacy" (2015). ISBN #: 978-1483379586
Supplemental textbook website: SAGE Publications

You will also need Microsoft Word for this course which you can download free through the University Store.

Grading Policies

The weekly deadline for almost all assignments is Tuesday at 11:59 PM Mountain Time. Grades will be based on the following weekly assignments and activities:

Extra Credit: If you feel like you need a few extra points, you can choose from this list of extra credit projects. Each project is worth up to ten points; you may earn a maximum of 30 extra credit points.

  1. Watch one or more of the live or archived or episodes of Latter-day Profiles with a variety of media professionals and others. Submit a minimum one-page summary that is double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  2. Contact a professional in your chosen career field. Interview him or her and write a summary on what you learned about your career field. Submit a minimum one-page summary that is double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font.

  3. Review the talks from the most recent general conference. Summarize what we are being taught concerning media with specific references. Submit a minimum one-page summary that is double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font.

  4. Attend a mass-media related speech, seminar or symposium in person. Submit a minimum one-page critical analysis of the activity that is double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font.

  5. Pitch an idea that you have for extra credit. Get it approved and complete the project.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Grading Scale
A 93% and above
A- 90 – 92.9%
B+ 87 – 89.9%
B 83 – 86.9%
B- 80 – 82.9%
C+ 77 – 79.9%
C 73 – 76.9%
C- 70 – 72.9%
D+ 67 – 69.9%
D 63 – 66.9%
D- 50 – 62.9%
F 49.9% and below

Due Dates

The due dates for this course are a bit different than other classes. Lessons run Saturday to Tuesday. Tuesday is the "end" of the lesson when most of your assignments are due. This lets you work over the weekends on your lessons.

Microsoft Word- Helpful settings

Because we use many Word worksheets in this course these setting might be helpful to check in your version of Word.

Word will open documents in Protected View for files that:

However, by going to File>Options>Trust Center>Trust Center Settings>Protected View, you can change that behaviour for each of the above individual cases.

If the documents have the Read-only attribute set, you can go to File>Options>General and uncheck the box for "Open email attachments and other uneditable files in reading view."


The instructor reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at any time during the semester in order to adapt to changing course needs. You will be notified prior to any changes that may take place. Print or download this syllabus for your records.