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Communication 160SC: Mobile Communication Monday/Wednesday 3:30-4:45, Phelps 1508 Instructor: Katy Pearce kpearce@umail.ucsb.

edu Office: SS&MS 4417 Office hours: Mondays 12:30-2:30 and by appointment Mobile communication is the most successful and rapidly adopted technology in the world. This course will examine why mobile communication is so popular, how mobile communication is used, and what the futures of mobile communication might be. The course will also discuss the positive and negative individual and social consequences of the adoption and use of mobile communication in the U.S. and around the world. The course will consider questions about mobile communication such as: are we happier? Are we safer? Are we more productive? Are we more connected to family and friends? Are we more distracted? Are we more independent? The course will also consider the societal-level impacts of mobile communication, including changes in poverty and equality. We will use communication theory and research as a framework for our discussion. Materials: Required textbook: Ling, R., & Donner, J. (2009). Mobile communication. ISBN: 0745644147 (Available at the UCEN Bookstore, online, and on reserve at the library). Class website: GauchoSpace (https://gauchospace.ucsb.edu). For this class website, you have to use your UCSB umail account. Because the course website automatically imports your umail email address from the registrar, that's the only login account the course website accepts, and that's the only account the course uses to send you your course announcement emails. If you have set up your umail account to automatically forward your email to another account, please be aware that such messages sometimes do not survive spam filters. Finally, you can't just reply from a non-umail email account to a message sent to your umail account and then forwarded to another account, as GauchoSpace will not recognize that non-umail account. Be sure to login to the GauchoSpace site at least once a week for non-urgent course updates. If there is any urgent course news (for example, if class is cancelled), I will use GauchoSpace to notify you. At top right, click on Courses Login. Enter your UCSBnetID - that is, your umail account name. Enter your Password - that is, your umail password. Click on Login. You should browse the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) - click on the FAQ link at the top. Any courses you are taking that are using GauchoSpace will be listed under My courses. Expectations and Learning Outcomes: This course will be a combination of lecture and discussion. There will only be 40 people in the class, providing us with a unique opportunity for intimate discussion and this may be different from other classes that you've taken. Please be prepared for an active class. If you are more interested in a lecture format with little participation, please consider other courses.

Assignments: You will come to class prepared to participate. This means completing the assigned readings before class. Active participation demonstrating critical thinking skills (analysis, attention, awareness, and independent judgment) is an essential skill for the workplace and life. You will write a summary of and 2 questions about 4 of the 6 assigned chapters, and upload the document to GauchoSpace before class. (More details on this below.) The ability to summarize what you have read and ask questions about it is another skill that this class will help you develop. You will bring a printout of your summary and questions (or bring your computer with the summary document open) to class. You may be called upon to share your questions during discussion.

You will submit your assignments on time. You will write a paper and present the paper to the class. Presentation techniques are important skills to develop for the workplace. Your understanding and application of the course material will also be assessed through 3 exams. Please keep distractions to a minimum. Non-course-related web surfing, text messaging, reading, and, ironically, mobile phone use, etc., is distracting and disrespectful to the other students and to me.

Chapter summaries (10 points each): Chapter summaries are for your benefit as a study guide for exams. They must be at least 1 page typed, 12 point, and double spaced. Outlines are sufficient. Please include 2 questions that you had about the chapter (example questions will be given before the first discussion). Students will be called upon to use their questions for class discussion. You only need to hand in 4 of the 6 chapter summaries, but you can earn an additional 5 extra points for each additional (5th and 6th) chapter summary. You must upload your chapter summaries to GauchoSpace by 3:00 p.m. before each respective class; GauchoSpace will not accept them any later. Please bring a copy of your summary to class in paper or digital form so you can use it to participate in discussion. Exams (50 points each): There are 3 exams. All require you to write short essays based on the material in the chapters. You may be given a scenario to explain or you may be asked to reflect on your own mobile communication use. There will be no final exam during exam week. Makeup exams will only be given in the case of dire circumstances beyond your control, preferably with documentation of the circumstances (doctor's note, obituary, police ticket, etc.). It is better, if at all possible, to try to arrange for a makeup exam in advance. Case study (60 points, 50 for paper and 10 for presentation): You must write a case study of mobile communication use. You will decide upon a phenomenon to write about, research that phenomenon, write a case study and apply concepts from the textbook to the case study. You can choose one of the following assignments: a. an innovative or interesting use of mobile devices in a developing country. You can use news or magazine articles, websites, blogs or academic articles to find out about the use, but you must use the concepts on pages 61-70 to explain the use. OR b. an innovative or interesting use of mobile devices by a special group (teenagers, children, disabled, etc.). You can use news or magazine articles, websites, blogs or academic articles to find out about the use, but you must use the concepts on pages 91-102 to explain the use. You will upload the completed assignment to GauchoSpace. The final paper must be in APA style. The paper must be 4-6 pages, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman. An example case study will be provided. Paper will be uploaded to GauchoSpace by 3:30pm on Wednesday February 17, as an assignment. In-class presentations will be on Wednesday February 17, Monday February 22, and Wednesday February 24. Paper Rubric Organization (10 points) information logically introduced and explained; clear conclusion the area of study's connection to the broad topic is clearly explained uses APA style, meets formatting requirements Content (40 points) demonstrates knowledge of course concept explains use of mobile device

applies course concept to use example good use of sources

Presentation Rubric You will present your case study in 5 minutes in class. Presentation schedule will be randomly generated a few weeks before the due date. You are welcome to use PowerPoint or other presentation software, but this is not required. Organization (3 points) presentation refined and clearly explained information logically introduced and explained the area of study's connection to the broad topic is clearly explained Content (5 points) presentation reveals good use of sources presentation provides pertinent information Presentation (2 points) speaks clearly uses appropriate language asks for and fields questions meets time specifications Grading: There are 250 possible points and 10 extra credit points available. Your grades will be made available on GauchoSpace. Grading Scale: A+ = 243-250 A = 233-242 A- = 225-232 B+ = 218-224 B = 208-217 B- = 200-207 C+ = 193-199 C = 183192 C- = 175-182 D+ = 168-174 D = 158-167 D- = 150-157 F = 0-149 In general, the basic grades represent these kinds of performance: A+/- = Superior -- excellent, exceptional, outstanding; B+/- = Good -- competent, respectable, solid; C+/- = Acceptable -- adequate, average, satisfactory; D+/- = Minimal - barely sufficient, many problems; F = Failing -- inadequate, pervasive problems. Academic Integrity: From UCSB Campus Regulations - see http://hep.ucsb.edu/people/hnn/conduct/disq.html for more specific information and examples: It is expected that students attending the University of California understand and subscribe to the ideal of academic integrity, and are willing to bear individual responsibility for their work. Any work (written or otherwise) submitted to fulfill an academic requirement must represent a student's original work. Any act of academic dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism, will subject a person to University disciplinary action. Using or attempting to use materials, information, study aids, or commercial research services not authorized by the instructor of the course constitutes cheating. Representing the words, ideas, or concepts of another person without appropriate attribution is plagiarism. Whenever another person's work (written or otherwise, including on the Internet, [including from Wikipedia]) is utilized, whether it be a single phrase or longer, you must use quotation marks and cite your sources. Paraphrasing another's work, i.e., borrowing the ideas or concepts and putting them into one's own words, must also be acknowledged.

Although a person's state of mind and intention will be considered in determining the University response to an act of academic dishonesty, this is no way lessens the responsibility of the student. DSP Arrangements: I am happy to make appropriate arrangements for students who have documented and verified disabilities, in accordance with UCSB's Disabled Students Program (DSP). Course Schedule and Assignments:
Monday January 4 What we'll do in class today: Administrative tasks, introductions, GauchoSpace tour. Wednesday January 6 Monday January 11 What we'll do in class today: Discussion of mobile devices in our lives, brief review of history of mobile communication. Discuss chapter summary assignments. What we'll do in class today: Lecture on the history of mobile communication. Discussion of chapter 1 (Introduction). What is due today: Chapter summary 1 due (10 points). Wednesday January 13 What we'll do in class today: Lecture on global mobile use. Discussion of chapter 2 (History and current shape of global mobile). What is due today: Chapter summary 2 due (10 points). Monday January 18 Wednesday January 20 Monday January 25 Wednesday January 27 NO CLASS MLK DAY What we'll do in class today: Review. Exam 1 (50 points) (short answer essay based on chapters 1 & 2) What we'll do in class today: Lecture on developing world mobile use and digital divide issues. Discussion of chapter 3 (First time mobile users in developing world). What is due today: Chapter summary 3 due (10 points). Monday February 1 What we'll do in class today: Lecture on use patterns and convergence. Discussion of chapter 4 (Mobile phone in developed world). What is due today: Chapter summary 4 due (10 points). Wednesday February 3 Monday February 8 Wednesday February 10 Monday February 15 Wednesday February 17 Monday February 22 Wednesday February 24 Monday March 1 What we'll do in class today: Discussion of our own mobile use. Talk about case study. What we'll do in class today: Review. Exam 2 (50 points) (short answer essay based on chapters 3 & 4) NO CLASS PRESIDENTS' DAY What we'll do in class today: In-class presentations. What is due today: Case study due (50 points). What we'll do in class today: In-class presentations. What we'll do in class today: In-class presentations. What we'll do in class today: Lecture on debates about mobile communication. Discussion of chapter

5 (Mobile phone as disruptive). What is due today: Chapter summary 5 due (10 points). Wednesday March What we'll do in class today: Conclusion. Discussion of chapter 6 (Personal addressability, co-present, 3 remote interactions). What is due today: Chapter summary 6 due (10 points). Monday March 8 What we'll do in class today: Review. Wednesday March Exam 3 (50 points) (short answer essay based on chapters 5 & 6 and presentations - a significant 10 number of questions will be based on presentations, so it's to your advantage to attend the in-class presentations.)

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