Media Technologies & Communication Strategies – STCO 532

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course examines established and emerging media technologies used by various organizations in communicating specific messages to diverse audiences.

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


The purpose of media technologies is to review new media and new applications of traditional media. Communication technology is the nervous system of contemporary society, transmitting and distributing sensory and control information and interconnecting a myriad of interdependent units. Because these technologies are vital to commerce, control, and maintaining interpersonal relationships, any change in communication technologies has the potential for profound impacts on virtually every area of society.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

(CLO: A, B, C)

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

Discussion: Class Video Introduction

Discussions are a collaborate learning experience. Therefore, the student in this graded assignment, will introduce him/herselves to others in the course by posting a video through Kaltura and replying to at least two other classmates. (CLO: A, B, C)

Discussions (6)

Discussions are a collaborate learning experience. The student will post one narrated PowerPoint presentation to an assigned discussion throughout the term. The student will also respond to a minimum of two classmates with at least 300 words each reply by the end of the module: week for each discussion. (CLO: A, B, C)

Narrated PowerPoint Assignment

In the first week of the course, students will choose their favored options for one chapter that they would like to present to the class through a narrated PowerPoint presentation during a later week in the subterm. Students will select their first, second, and third chapter choices, and then the instructor of the course will assign a presentation chapter to each student based on the class responses. The narrated PowerPoint must contain at least 10 high-quality professional slides, and an audio recording using PowerPoint's "Record a Slideshow" feature. (CLO: A, B, C)

Christian Application Paper: Abstract and References Assignment

Prior to writing the Christian Application Paper, the student will submit an APA formatted abstract and reference list that briefly summarizes the paper's intended content. The abstract needs to be accurate, concise, and consistent with current APA format. Abstracts must be between 150-250 words per APA guidelines. This assignment is designed to function as a guide to completing the full Christian Application paper later in the term. It is expected that the abstract and reference list may change between this preliminary assignment and the final paper due in a subsequent week. (CLO: A, B, C)

Christian Application Paper: Final Assignment

The student will write a 3–5 page research paper on an electronic communication technology of their choosing, and the Christian application of that technology. This technology may be new (e.g., the Internet) or a newer application of older technology (e.g., podcasts, streaming, etc.). Current APA format is required. This assignment builds on the earlier, "Christian Application Paper Abstract & References" assignment. (CLO: A, B, C)

Annotated Bibliography: Sample Assignment

Prior to submitting the full annotated bibliography, the student will submit a brief sample of 5 unique scholarly references written in current APA format. The structure of individual references, annotations, and the entire paper should follow the format outlined in the current APA manual and Liberty University's "APA Format Quick Guide" posted to the University's website. Each citation should include a two-paragraph summary as outlined below. There is no page length requirement, though you should plan to include as much of the data in the paragraphs as is available for each source. (CLO: A, B, C)

Annotated Bibliography: Final Assignment

Adding to the Annotated Bibliography Sample assignment, the student will complete an annotated bibliography for one (1) new media technology with a total of 15 fully annotated scholarly references (including 5 from the sample and an additional 10 here for a total of 15 sources). Each annotated source must include two paragraphs – one paragraph of summary, and a second paragraph applied to the paper's topic. Current APA format is required. (CLO: A, B, C)

Quiz: Narrated PowerPoint Chapter Choices

As a part of this course, each student will create a narrated PowerPoint presentation based on a single chapter found in the textbook. Students will take this quiz to inform the instructor of their top three topic choices for the PowerPoint assignment later in the term. (CLO: A)