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Introduction to Public Relations Syllabus :: PRCA 2330

Introduction to Public Relations Syllabus :: PRCA 2330



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Syllabus for Prof. Barbara Nixon's PRCA 2330 (Introduction to Public Relations) course at Georgia Southern University
Syllabus for Prof. Barbara Nixon's PRCA 2330 (Introduction to Public Relations) course at Georgia Southern University

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PRCA 2330 Summer 2010, p. 1
· PRCA 2330 · S
Georgia Southern University
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Communication Arts
Professor: Barbara B. Nixon, Ph.D. (ABD)Office: Lakeland, FL
 Office Hours: TBAPhone: 901-BNIXON4 (Google Voice, for text or voice mail)or barbara.b.nixon on SkypeBlog:http://publicrelationsmatters.comTwitter: http://twitter.com/barbaranixon E-mail: bnixon@georgiasouthern.edu
PRCA 2330 is designed to introduce you to the theories, practices, principles and history of public relations. You will also gain knowledge of tasks commonly associated with the practice of public relations and its role and purpose in various organizations. Analysis and examination of how to apply principles and theories will also be provided in this course.
COMM 2332
Wilcox, D.L., & Cameron, G.T. (2009). 
(9th Ed.). Boston:Allyn & Bacon.
Reliable Internet accessHeadset/mic (for interaction in class discussions)
Students who complete this course will be able to:1. Define public relations and identify instances of public relations in multiple contexts2. Apply theories and principles of public relations to solve PR challenges3. Use theory & strategy to choose appropriate and ethical PR tactics4. Use theory and strategy to create and implement some basic PR techniques
PRCA 2330 Summer 2010, p. 2
GRADINGCourse Grading:
Your grade for this course will be based on the activities listed in the tablebelow. Points by assignments for each activity are listed to the right.Blog Posts 50% or 500 pointsInterview of a PR Professional 5% or 50 pointsRATS (Online Quizzes) 30% or 300 pointsFinal Exam 15% or 150 points
Blog Posts:
Each student will create and maintain a blog at Wordpress.com. Detailedinstructions about the content and layout of your blog will be available athttp://publicrelationsmatters.com by the end of Week 2.
Readiness Assessment Tests (RATS):
Readings are designed to provide you with knowledgeregarding public relations basics. Readiness assessment tests
will be given over each readingassignment from the 
textbook. The open-book, multiple-choice RATS will be administered via GeorgiaVIEW. You may take each of the RATS twice, andthe higher of the two scores will count. Most RATS will have fewer than 10 questions. RATSgrades will be averaged and will comprise 30% of your grade in the class.
More details on the remaining assignments will be provided by the end of Week 2.
COURSE POLICIES:1. Attendance:
The current Georgia Southern University catalog states the following in regard toclass attendance: “The student is responsible for all material presented in class and for allannouncements and assignments whether or not the student is in attendance. The University doesnot issue an excuse to students for class absences. In case of absences as a result of illness,representation of the University in athletic and other activities or special situations, instructors maybe informed of reasons for absences, but these are not excuses.”Even though this class is taught asynchronously (without an assigned time), there will be occasionsthroughout the semester when I will meet virtually with the entire class. I will schedule these “classmeetings” at various times so that I can best accommodate your face-to-face GSU class schedules.These sessions will often be recorded using Wimba Live Classroom (through GeorgiaVIEW) in caseyou are unable to attend live.
2. Late Work and Make-Ups:
Late work is unacceptable.
Deadlines are a fact of real life
. If an unexpected occurrence (car accident, hospitalization, family death, etc.) keeps you fromthis class, you must consult the professor prior to the deadline or as soon as possible.Because this is an online course, it’s imperative that you have reliable Internet access. Allowyourself enough time before deadlines to get to another computer (such as one at thelibrary) in case yours is misbehaving.
PRCA 2330 Summer 2010, p. 3
3. Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty:
The Georgia Southern University Honor Codestates: “I will be academically honest in all of my course work and will not tolerate theacademic dishonesty of others.” As members of the campus community, students areencouraged to actively support academic honesty and integrity in the classroom. TheCommunication Arts Department and I take the issue of academic dishonesty very seriouslyand will pursue instances of alleged dishonesty to the fullest extent. Therefore, you shouldfamiliarize yourself with the provisions for academic dishonesty in the Georgia SouthernUniversity
Code of Student Conduct 
found in the current
Student Guide
. This policy appliesto all course work, oral and written. In this course, academic dishonesty includes, but is notlimited to, receiving or giving aid on any quiz or examination and submitting work createdby another. All suspected cases of academic dishonesty shall be subjected to the proceduresfor adjudicating academic dishonesty outlined in the current
Student Guide
. For findings of afirst offense within this course, the minimum penalty shall be a zero on the assignment. Forfindings of a second offense within this course, the penalty shall be a final grade of “F.”These penalties are in addition to any penalties imposed by the University per the abovereferenced procedures.
4. Classroom Decorum & Behavior:
The Preamble to the current Student Guide states, “Astudent-centered University is characterized by civility, respect, cooperation, responsibility,and understanding among all its members. A student-centered University conveys highexpectations for appropriate behavior and is designed to assist students in the developmentof an informed set of values, ethics, and beliefs. It fosters a climate that promotes civilityand respect. Georgia Southern University students are expected to engage in behaviors thatare consistent with the attainment of academic integrity and moral values. As members of the campus community, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to actively support . . .civil discourse among all members of the campus community, treating each student withdignity and respect regardless of personal differences.” Likewise, Section IV.6.C of theStudent Conduct Code defines “any classroom behavior that interferes with the instructor’sability to conduct class or the ability of other students to learn” as “disorderly conduct” andin violation of the Student Conduct Code.
You are expected to behave in class in accordance with these provisions of the StudentConduct Code. Violations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
5. Disability Accommodations:
This class complies with the Americans with Disabilities(ADA). Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations must: (1) register withand provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC); and, (2)provide a letter to the instructor from the SDRC indicating what your need may be foracademic accommodation. The SDRC can be reached at 871-1566.
6. Religious Holiday Policy:
In accordance with University Policy, students observingreligious holidays will NOT be disadvantaged
when advance arrangements are made
withthe professor to make up course work.
7. Agreement with Syllabus Content:
This syllabus is an agreement between the professorand the student, between me and you, to respectively provide and complete a worthy

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