COMM 4910 Syllabus
COMM 4910 - Public Relations Campaigns
3 Credit Hours
This course covers the application of theory, research data, and problem-solving techniques in the development of comprehensive public relations strategies.
- Students explore the public relations process including research, organization, programming, and evaluation.
- Students focus on developing public relations strategies and the evaluation of campaign outcomes.
- Students use a variety of problem - solution approaches to public relations case studies.
- Students learn the responsibilities and duties of public relations professionals.
- Students a explore and develop a variety of types of public relations campaigns.
- Students learn to plan, implement, and manage special events.
- Students study the many aspects of public relations such as community relations, employee communications, government relations, lobbying, media relations, public affairs and others.
- Students explore informative and persuasive campaigns and special events including media buys, copy writing, news release writing, and press conferences.
|Lecture No.||Lecture Title||Chapter Readings|
|1||Practicing Public Relations Today||Matera & Artigue: Chs. 1 & 2|
|2||Public Relations Process; Using Problem Solution Methods||Hendrix: Chs. 1 & 2|
|3||Public Relations Information Campaigns||Matera & Artigue, Ch. 11;|
|4||Case Studies in Public Relations||Hendrix (as assigned)|
|5||PR Campaigns: Components, and Structure||Matera & Artigue, Chs. 4, 6, & 7|
|6||Ethical Standards and Professionalism in Public Relations|
|7||PR Campaigns: Issues||Matera & Artigue, Ch. 10|
|8||Case Studies in Public Relations||Hendrix (as assigned)|
|9||PR Campaigns: Research and Evaluation||Matera & Artigue: Chs. 5, 8 & 15|
|10||News Releases, Press Kits, and Press Conferences||Online lecture only.|
|11||Advertising: Radio, Video, and Print||Online lecture only.|
|12||PR Campaigns: Special Events`||Matera & Artigue: Ch. 12|
|13||Managing Special Events||Online lecture only.|
|14||Considering All Factors in Special Events Campaigns: Implications of the Most Used PR Campaign||Online lecture only.|
|15||PR Campaigns: Crisis||Matera & Artigue: 13|
|16||PR Campaigns: International/Intercultural||Matera & Artigue: 14|
Completion of all assigned work by the assigned deadlines.
Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements
Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."
Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.
Minimum software requirements can be found here.
Common applications you might need:
Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)
The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook
- Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
- Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
- Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.
Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.
Participation, Assessments, & Grading
All hourly examinations will be taken online, and consist of 60-item true-false, multiple choice, and matching items. The final examination consists of 25 verbatim items, selected randomly, from each of the hourly examinations with a total of 100 items.
This course employs self, class, group, and instructor assessment of assignments in any combination for the course. Use of the English language, writing style, problem - solution method, organizational structure, and presentational skills are typical evaluation factors for assignments.
|A||Excellent||1710 to 1900||90 to 100%|
|B||Very Good||1520 to 1709||80 to 89%|
|C||Good||1330 to 1519||70 to 79%|
|D||Poor||1140 to 1329||60 to 69%|
|F||Failing||0 to 1139||0 to 59%|
|Test||Test Description||Covers Chapters/Lectures||Point Value|
|Examination I||60 item objective test featuring true-false, multiple choice, and matching items covering public relations definition, practice, and process.||Matera & Artigue: Chs. 1,2; & Hendrix, Chs. 1 & 2.||100|
|Examination II||60 item objective test featuring true-false, multiple choice, and matching items covering public relations campaigns and focusing on the information and issues areas. Readings include: Matera & Artigue, Chs. 4, 6, 7, & 10; Hendrix, Case Studies on pages 148, 177, 218, 263, 295, 349, 395, & 432||100|
|Examination III||60 item objective test featuring true-false, multiple choice, and matching items covering: case studies in issues management; ethical standards and professionalism in public relations; and, news release writing and press conferences. Readings covered in this examination include: Matera & Artigue, Ch. 3 ; Hendrix, Appendix III, and case studies on p. 209, 227, 385, 416, & 464; online news writing, news releases, and press conferences; online advertising and copy writing for newspapers, radio, & tv.||100|
|Examination IV||60 item objective test featuring true-false, multiple choice, and matching items covering: advertising design/layout and copy writing for radio and tv; special event management; regulation; and crisis and international PR campaigns. Readings covered in this examination include: Matera & Artigue, Chs. 12, 13 & 14; online advertising and copy writing; online regulation; and, lectures.||100|
|Final Examination||Comprehensive final examination with 100 items; 25 items taken verbatim but randomly from each of the four exams. Examinations I through IV will be posted online for student review in advance of the comprehensive final examination.||350|
Assignments and Projects
|PR Campaign: Information||Students work in groups to plan, organize, and articulate an information based PR campaign. Requires summary outline with purpose and objectives, budget, timeline, samples, and evaluation procedures||1||150|
|Students work in groups to plan, organize, and articulate a PR campaign dealing with issues. Requires summary outline with purpose and objectives, budget, timeline, samples, and evaluation procedures.||1||150|
|Case Study Analysis #1||A group analysis of a PR case study outlined and analyzed in and assigned from the Hendrix book.||1||100|
|Case Study Analysis #2||A group analysis of a PR case study outlined in and assigned from the Hendrix book.||1||100|
|5-page, typewritten, double-spaced reaction paper using the American Psychological Association Style Manual(5th ed.).||1||100|
|PR Professional Interview||A face to face, email, or telephone interview with a practicing public relations professional, and follow up written summary posted on the class bulletin board.||1||100|
|Small writing assignments (commercial copy writing, news release writing) for the public relations professional.||2 @ 50 each||100|
Participation is a student's contribution to his or her own learning and the learning of other students throughout this online RODP course. Self, peer, and instructor assessment will be employed at the end of the class to determine participation.
|An objective and subjective assessment of each individual student's contribution to learning during the course.||Employs self, group, and class peer assessment of contribution and accomplishments. Instructor evaluation is also included.||350|
Course Ground Rules
The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:
RULES OF THE TENNESSEE BOARD OF REGENTS STATE UNIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM OF TENNESSEE SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT RULES CHAPTER 0240-02-03 STUDENT CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS
1. Standards of Conduct:
- Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.
- In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.
Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:
- an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
- to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
- or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.
Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.
Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution. Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.
In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.
Other Course Rules:
Students are expected to:
- Participate in all aspects of the course
- Communicate with other students
- Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
- Keep abreast of course announcements
- Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
- Address technical problems immediately:
- Observe course netiquette at all times.
Guidelines for Communications
- Always include a subject line.
- Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
- Use standard fonts.
- Do not send large attachments without permission.
- Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
- Respect the privacy of other class members
- Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
- Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
- Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
- Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
- Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
- Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
- Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
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Students with Disabilities
Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.
The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.
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