Digital and New Media Rhetoric

Course Details

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Spring 2015
Prothro-Yeager Hall
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Days & Times

M 5:30 to 8:20 p.m.

Dr. Sally Henschel (view Profile)

Course Objectives

For students of all disciplines who want to explore and better understand the theoretical and practical complexities of digital and new media rhetoric. Students will critically analyze digital and new media rhetorics, consider the cultural and ethical issues of composing in a digital age, and demonstrate their understanding in course assignments.  An objective of a liberal arts curriculum is to empower the individual with the fundamental language and analytical skills necessary for a lifetime of learning and growth. Through study of digital and new media rhetorics, students will engage in critical analysis of digital and new media artifacts and demonstrate skill in interpreting, using, developing, and disseminating information appropriately in a variety of media. 

 Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Compare various definitions of digital and new media and rhetoric and discuss their implications for practice. Measurement: observation and analysis of informal face-to-face and online asynchronous discussions.
  • Critically analyze digital and new media tools and concepts. Measurement: observation and analysis of discussions. Completion of written assignments and class presentations.
  • Incorporate visual rhetoric into the composing process.  Measurement: completion of class presentations.
  • Synthesize readings into an expression of the student's approach to new media projects. Measurement: Completion of reading responses and course research project.

Course Expectations

See attached syllabus and schedule of assignments.




Reading responses


Four responses to assigned readings posted to course web site




Class participation Preparation for and participation in class discussions of assigned readings  10


Interactive tutorial


Prepare a  tutorial on a new media tool or concept


Research project

Research proposal (conference)

Annotated bibliography

Literature review

Draft (for initial assessment, feedback)

Final draft 









Course Total



Grading Standards

100 - 90% — A 

 89 - 80% — B 

79 - 70% — C 

69 - 60% — D 

     < 60% — F 

Final Exam

05/11/2015 5:30

Submission Format Policy

See attached syllabus.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

All assignments will be due on dates assigned. No late work will be accepted unless specific arrangements have been made prior to the due date. Students falling two assignments behind are subject to administrative withdrawal from the course by the instructor.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Attendance Requirements

Students with three unexcused absences are subject to an administrative withdrawal from the course.  Three tardies are counted as one absence.

Other Policies

See attached syllabus and schedule.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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