Digital & Strategic Communication Orientation I – DIGI 700

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

Course Description

Synthesizing introduction for new PhD students to provide information about the doctoral program and philosophy of the graduate program, as well as resources available through the School of Communication & Digital Content and university.

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


The purpose of this course is threefold: 1) to establish starting points for developing a theoretical baseline that will contribute to work in DIGI 705 and to dissertation research; 2) to provide essential tools for doctoral-level writing and coursework success; and 3) to orient the student to the scope and expectations of this doctoral program. Students will engage theory and practice while exploring ideas that will inform meaningful research throughout the program.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Distinguish digital and strategic tools and solutions utilized in qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
  2. Examine theoretical and applied concepts in the digital and strategic communication fields.
  3. Assemble research that applies knowledge from the digital and strategic communication fields.
  4. Integrate digital and strategic communication with a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards 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 a minimum of 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 300 words.

Life Application Papers (3)

The student will write an informal paper which may include current APA format where it is appropriate that focuses on one of three topics: 1.How to integrate into the Strategic Communication academic community. 2. A paper where the student will argue whether Strategic Communication is a field or a discipline. 3. How Strategic Communication integrates into the student’s faith and worldview. The papers are informal, but must be professionally written and be at least 500 words. The third and final paper must also include 5 references.

APA Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material featuring APA topics for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain a multiple-choice, true/false, or short answer question, and have no time limit.

Annotated Bibliographies

An annotated bibliography facilitates the gathering and assessing of materials for the framing and development of the student’s dissertation. The annotated bibliography will follow APA style. Students will submit 5 annotations in part 1 but will be expected to complete 20–25 annotations for part 2.

Research Question

In this course we are curating articles for a research paper which will emerge in DIGI 705. After completing the Annotated Bibliography, the student will give a short proposal and build up to an emergent Research Question.