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Digital Communication and Information Minor by Mind Map: Digital Communication
and Information Minor
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Digital Communication and Information Minor

Learning Objectives


Become proficient in ICT Literacy, Exercise control over personal information in online environments, Conduct information searches critically and effectively in public and proprietary databases, and to manage digital information for analysis and synthesis

Become proficient in Digital Media Literacy, Create all forms of digital media assets including images, vectors, audio, video, and 3D models at a basic level, Publish all forms of digital media on the Internet

Communicate synthesized information effectively with online multimedia presentations


Demonstrate understanding of Copyright Law, Fair use, and Creative Commons licenses as to be able to participate legally in an information society.

Demonstrate understanding of the impact of online communication in several levels of human communication (for example, interpersonal communication, group communication and organizational communication).

Comprehend the historical development of media, its convergence towards a digital form, and the impact of the transcoding of traditional mass media into a programmable format.


Explain the role of ICT literacy and Digital Media literacy to succesfully participate in a global information and knowledge-based economy.

Understand the human, cultural, and societal issues regarding the adoption of Information and Communication Technologies.

COMS101 - Information Management and Privacy


Areas of Knowledge

Types of Information

Privacy in Informational Environments

Personal Information Management Strategies

Information Literacy Skills, Determining Information Needs, Accessing Information, Legal Aspects, Public sources, Proprietary sources, Evaluating Information, Veracity, Bias, Completeness/Depth, Currency, Managing Information, Analyzing, Classifying, Prioritizing, Integrating Information, Synthesis, Creating information, Textual, Graphical

Core Assessment

Privacy Report

PIM Practice Report and Mindmap

COMS106 - Digital Media Creation - An Introduction


Skills and Knowledge

Legal Aspects, Copyright Law, Fair use, Creative Commons

Acquiring Media (Online repositories), Image repositories, Pixel based, Vector based, Sound repositories, Sound effects, Music, Moving image repositories, Animations, Video, Film, 3D model repositories

Editing and Embedding Media, Editing Images, Concepts, Pixel Image, Programs, Methods and practices, Vector Image, Programs, Methods and practices, Editing Audio, Concepts, Programs, Methods and practices, Editing Video, Concepts, Programs, Methods and practices, Editing 3D, Concepts, Programs, Methods a practices

Principles of Digital Media, Numeric representation, Modularity, Automation, Variability

Common processes and concepts, Selection processes in different media, Cut Media / Copy Media / Paste Media, Layering media / Flattening Media, Project files

Lessons Archive

Concepts, Digital text, Digital images, Digital audio, Digital video, CG Vectors, CG 3D modelling

Technical Skills, Editing Images, Editing Audio, Editing Video, Editing 3D

Knowledge, Copyright Law and Creative Commons Licenses, Sampling and Modularity

Core Assessment

Digital Media Course Portfolio

COMS140 - Online Collaboration


Areas of Knowledge

Principles of new media, Numeric representation, Modularity, Automation, Variability

Technology, Collaborative Experience, Synchronous, Asynchronous, Cloud services, Software as service, Remote Archival, Collaborative ICT Tools, Documents, Slide Shows, Photo Galleries, Spreadsheets, Concept Maps, Timelines, Geographic Maps, Graphs

Processes, Team building, Project Management, Establishing Roles, Effective Timing, Archiving Communication, Synchronous vs Asynchronous Activities

Human communication, Interpersonal Communication for Collaboration, Agreements for Results, Conflict Resolution, Intercultural Communication

Case Studies

COMS190 - Human Communication on the Internet


Areas of Knowledge

Knowledge databases, Public resources, Proprietary resources

CMC Research tools

Intrapersonal CMC, Context, Theories and constructs, Research and Statistics, Tools

Interpersonal CMC, Context, Theories and constructs, Research and Statistics, Tools

Group CMC, Context, Theories and constructs, Research and Statistics, Tools

Instructional CMC, Context, Theories and constructs, Research and Statistics, Tools

Organizational CMC, Context, Theories and constructs, Research and Statistics, Tools

Social CMC, Context, Theories and constructs, Research and Statistics, Tools

Core Assessment

Human Communication on the Internet Research Project Online Presentation

COMS191 - New Media and Society


Areas of Knowledge

Historical understanding of mass communication technologies, Media History, Postal mail, Print, Photography, Film, Telegraph, Radio, Television, Video games, Computer History, Processor - Computational Power, Human-Computer Interfaces, Information Systems, Internet, Media Professional Activitites, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Entertainment, Storytelling

New Media, New Media Professional Activities, Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Entertainment, Storytelling, Principles of New Media, Numerical Representation, Modularity, Automation, Variability, Archival, Distributed, New Media, Human-Computer Interfaces, Graphical, Voice, Manual, Motion, Cognitive, Media in digital form, Synchronous, Sampled media (Live streamed events), Computer rendered media (video games and virtual reality), Asynchronous, Sampled traditional media, Computer rendered media (CG films), Integration of CG with Sampled Media, Asynchronous (CG in Film), Synchronous (Augmented Reality), Visualizing Information, The Internet, New Media in peer-to-peer interactions, Upcoming new media, Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Web, Geolocation, Robotics, Crowdsourcing, Transactional new media, Critical analysis, Globalization, Privacy, Surveillance, Tracking and information gathering, Commerce, The medium is transactional, Aggregation of information, Social, Information seeking, Transportation, News consumption, Individual, Educational, Financial, Health, New media and civic engagement, The commons

Core Assessment

New Media and Society Research Project Online Presentation

COMS117 - Multimedia Communication


Areas of Knowledge

Principles of new media

Multimedia Communication, Stand-alone presentation, Presentation aide, Planned interactivity

Identifying Communication needs

The conceptual constrains of multimedia software

The creative process

Communication Design Principles, Color palettes, Composition, Use of empty space, What fonts communicate

Presentation construction, Narrative aspects, Audience evaluation, Context evaluation, Presentation flow

Providing information, Numerical, Textual, Graphic

Delivery, Stand-alone presentation, Presentation aide

Core Assessment

Online Multimedia Presentation


Digital Tools


Which account, Personal, SacLink, Google

Documents, Storage in the cloud, Sharing permissions, Types of sharing, Netiquette in sharing,, Folder Organization, Courses folder and course folder, Further organization is discretionary, Conceptual differences, Live document, Documented progression (time stamp), Ongoing feedback, Collaboration, Document placed in an environment of digital tools and hyperlinkable knowledge, Semantic tagging

Tele-interaction, Netiquette, Punctuality, Propositive attitude, Language, Task oriented meetings

Proactive Students

Show your work as you progress

You need to cover all the material

About troubleshooting, Screencapture the problem, Recommendations for troubleshooting, Describe and narrate, Troubleshoot collaboratively

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Communication Guidelines



Virtual office hours


Requirements for deliverables

General, Proper attribution of sources, Proper student identification, Definition of Word Count

Specific, Papers, Visual work, Auditory work, Audiovisual work, Interactive features

Resources for faculty

Governing pedagogical concepts and methods

Use of technology