This subject introduces students to the risks and opportunities afforded to professional communicators by social media. The social and semantic web disrupts institutions and institutional practice. Consequently, communication professionals in all aspects of the field need to know what social media are emerging, who uses social media, the tools available to analyse social media communications, and the policy and legal implications that arise in their use. Emerging practices, such as participation literacy, are examined to drive effective production and consumption of communication in the professions.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Social Media: Risks and Opportunities|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||Students will participate in many activities and exercises during class, both as an individual and working in a team. This includes dedicated time to workshop the social media strategy project and receive feedback from your lecturer/tutor. Consequently, students are encouraged to attend all classes to gain the benefit of this opportunity to put theoretical knowledge into practice.|
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Apply a system of knowledge and strategic thinking to the analysis of the risks and opportunities associated with social media communications, be competent in the application of participation literacy to opportunities and the legal and policy knowledge to avoid the risks in their professional communications
- Demonstrate leadership in professional and intellectual discussions, initiative in undertaking new lines of inquiry and small-group teamwork in preparing content and activities for a group learning and training experience.
- Demonstrate high levels of written, interpersonal, oral and public and social media presentation skills consistent with those of advanced professionals.
- Demonstrate high levels of personal responsibility, professional ethics and standards of behaviour expected of advanced professionals in the field of communication.
|Showcase Portfolio||Personal social media portfolio||30%||Week 7||1, 3.|
|Showcase Portfolio||Portfolio investigating risks and opportunities in social media and social media application||30%||Week 11||1, 3, 4.|
|Project §||Social Media Strategy||40%||Week 12||1, 2, 3, 4.|
- § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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Additional subject information
Students are required to have a selection of accounts with, but not limited to, the following social media services. 1.LinkedIn 2.Facebook 3.Twitter 4.Youtube 5.Instagram
Social media are explored in the context of professional practice, social theory, and technical systems.
Understanding the competitive environment and the social media audit, setting goals and objectives.
Developing a social media channel strategy.
Developing content strategy, and storytelling in social media. A deep dive on blogs.
Social media management and evaluation; approach and tools. Sources for social media training. An exploration of LinkedIn as a professional tool.
A deeper dive into social media platforms and a look behind the scenes of social media businesses by examining how Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Google etc work and how best to use them in a professional context.
Understanding Participatory Culture and social media as a source of communications power. Includes an exploration of Wikipedia as an exemplar. Investigating the sharing/gig-economy services such as Airbnb and Uber.
Exploring Intellectual Property and Freedom of Speech in relation to social media.
Exploration of the role of Big Data and Privacy Management.
Reviewing ethics and governance of social media to avoid risks for professional communicators. Exploring Reputation Management in the context of social media.
Investigating the future of social media and how to extract personal and professional benefit.
Students will present their group social media strategies based on a not-for-profit organisation.