Communication and Media Studies 313
COMS 313: Interactive Advertising
Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor
Credit Hours: (3)
Examination of select communication-driven challenges and opportunities in interactive advertising. Emphasis is on project-based learning guided by digital media platforms and contemporary case studies.
Detailed Description of Course
Changes in how people get information, disseminate information and consume media, combined with technological advances, have created new opportunities and challenges for advertisers and their audiences. This course takes an in-depth look at interactive advertising – what it is, how it is purchased, how it is created, and how it is measured. Students will also explore the social, legal and ethical framework of interactive communication.
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
Course will be a combination of lecture, case study and application. When possible students will work with clients, examine real cases or participate in contests that allow them to apply interactive communication concepts.
Student Goals and Objectives of the Course
For a General Education Course, in addition to a statement of course-specific goals and objectives, include a description of the broad general education program goals and the goals established for the particular knowledge area of the program as these goals will be addressed in this course.
Upon completion of this course, the successful student should be able to:
• Identify different forms of interactive advertising communication, including but not limited to search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), display, rich media, email, mobile, web sites, landing pages, and various types of social media.
• Explain the importance of data in deploying, optimizing and measuring interactive communication.
• Describe how technological developments in digital media play a role in interactive communication strategies.
• Describe legal, ethical, privacy, security and copyright concerns as they relate to digital communication.
For a General Education Course, in addition to a statement of course-specific assessment measures, include a description of the ways student learning will be assessed to determine fulfillment of the broad general education program goals and the goals established for the particular knowledge area of the program.
Grades will be determined through a combination of assignments, assessments, a projects, and exams.
Other Course Information
Examination of selected issues and problems in mass media. Study of theories and models of communication, advanced writing in specific fields of media studies.
Review and Approval
March 28, 2012