Special Topics – DIGI 497

CG • Section 8WK • 02/18/2020 to 12/27/2038 • Modified 11/09/2021

Course Description

DIGI 497 Special Topics – “Strategic Media Leadership” provides students with a clear, concise overview of the complexities of understanding leadership in the media and concrete strategies for becoming better leaders. The course is organized around key leader responsibilities such as creating a vision, establishing a constructive climate, listening to outgroup members, and overcoming obstacles.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Many graduating students do not understand the complexities of navigating within a professional environment or crucial steps that they can take to further their professional growth inside of an organizational structure. Specific leadership nuances and various other motivations drive leaders to make decisions. The course organizes around key leader responsibilities such as creating a vision, establishing a constructive climate, listening to outgroup members, and overcoming obstacles.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify relevant case studies, self-assessments, and leadership theories in communication-based organizations.
  2. Engage readers to apply leadership concepts to their own lives and careers.
  3. Employ the latest research while applying leadership strategies to improve an organization from any level within its structure.
  4. Plan an extended career strategy, leveraging leadership styles.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

The student will record a short introduction video answering the questions in the prompt. The student will then write 300-word responses to at least two classmates’ video introductions.

Questionnaires are designed to help students apply the content discussed in each chapter of the text. They give opportunities for students to interpret leadership attributes in their personal journey. These are graded based on on-time completion within the module.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words. Threads and replies must follow current APA format. 

The student will create an annotated bibliography for one key leadership model with 10 fully annotated scholarly references. Each source must be summarized in one paragraph and applied to the paper's topic in a second paragraph. Current APA format is required.

Following the annotated bibliography, the student will write a 1,200–1,500 word research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a key leadership scenario in a real company or organization. The paper must include at least 6 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. Current APA format is required. 

Each quiz will cover the Learn section material for the assigned Module: Week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice, multiple-answer, true/false, and matching questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.