ObjectiveThe purpose of this project is to demonstrate your understanding of the following course concepts:How companies or organizations and individuals use digital or social media to effectively communicate ideas, information, arguments, and messages to achieve a specific goal.How digital or social media has transformed the communication of idea, information, and arguments in society.Access, analyze, interpret, and evaluate digital media to foster learning and to guide decision-making.Make responsible choices in the creation and consumption of digital media based on awareness of global, social, ethical, and legal contexts.
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PROJECT 3: RESEARCH PAPER
The purpose of this project is to demonstrate your understanding of the following course concepts:
1. How companies or organizations and individuals use digital or social media to effectively communicate
ideas, information, arguments, and messages to achieve a specific goal.
2. How digital or social media has transformed the communication of idea, information, and arguments in
3. Access, analyze, interpret, and evaluate digital media to foster learning and to guide decision-making.
4. Make responsible choices in the creation and consumption of digital media based on awareness of
global, social, ethical, and legal contexts.
In this project, you will select a topic discussed in class from the list provided below, conduct additional
research on the topic, and share this information in a research paper.
Project 3 consists of:
Project Requirements (topics and content to cover)
Paper Requirements (content organization)
Submission Requirements (how to submit your assignment)
APA Resources (how to cite and select sources)
5. Due Date Information and Late Policy
Select one of the 15 research topics below and complete ALL THREE sections:
Topic 1: Digital Media as a Distraction (week 1)
1. Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier – Chapter 1: Distracted by Everything PBS Online Video
Documentary Series Chapter 1 (00:00 – 08:28 minutes)
Topic 2: Digital Media’s Affects on the Brain (week 1)
1. Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier – Chapter 2: What’s It Doing to Their Brains? (PBS Online
Video Documentary Series Chapter 2 (08:29 – 10:40 minutes)
Topic 3: The Use of Digital and Social Media in Politics (week 2)
1. Social media and participation in political protest: Observations from Tahrir Square(web page)
2. In 2012, campaigns target voters through their phones (web page)
Topic 4: Digital Humanitarianism (week 2)
1. Paul Conneally: Digital Humanitarianism (TED Talk video)
Topic 5. How Citizens use Digital and Social Media to Report News in Repressive Regimes (week
1. Clay Shirky: How Social Media Can Make History (TED Talk video)
Topic 6: Virtual Worlds and Their Impact on Society (week 3)
1. Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier- Chapter 7 Virtual Worlds PBS Online Video Documentary
Series Start the video then Navigate to Chapter 7 (52:05 – 1:01:26)
Topic 7: Digital Rights Management (DRM) (week 4)
1. What is DRM? (web page)
Topic 8: Moral Operating Systems (week 4)
1. Damon Horowitz: We need a “moral operating system” (TED Talk video)
Topic 9: The Security Mirage
1. The Security Mirage: Bruce Schneier (TED Talk video) (week 4)
Topic 10: Customer Data Collection by Phone Companies (week 4)
1. Malta Spitz: Your Phone Company Is Watching (TED Talk video)
Topic 11: Social Media and Likes (week 5)
1. Jennifer Golbeck: The curly fry conundrum: Why social media likes say more than you might
think (TED Talk video)
Topic 12: Filter Bubbles (week 5)
1. Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles” (TED Talk video)
Topic 13: The Digital Divide (week 6)
1. The Digital Divide is Still Leaving Americans Behind (web page)
2. Aleph Molinari: Let’s bridge the digital divide! (TED Talk video)
Topic 14: Cognitive Surplus (week 6)
Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world (TED Talk video)
Topic 15: E-commerce (week 7)
How Amazon Controls E-commerce: Amazon.com the Hidden empire: (online slide show – 84 slides)
SECTION 1: SELECT ONE TOPIC FROM THE 15 TOPICS LISTED ABOVE
Answer the questions below:
Item 1: Which topic did you select?
Item 2: Why does this topic appeal to you?
NOTE 1: Section 1 should be the shortest section of your paper (10-15%).
SECTION 2: SUMMARIZE THE TOPIC YOU SELECTED USING CLASS
Discuss your topic as presented in class.
Item 1: Summarize the information on the topic as presented in the class, using the resource AND
any classroom discussion of the topic.
Item 2: Is the topic you selected relevant in a course on digital and social media?Whether you
answer yes or no, justify your answer.
Section 2 Sources: Include the source(s) as an in-paper citation and on your References page.
NOTE 2: Section 2 should comprise (30-40%) of your paper.
SECTION 3: CONDUCT ADDITIONAL RESEARCH ON THE TOPIC
Provide additional information on the topic you selected by
locating TWO or MOREnew resources (in addition to the resources provided in
class) to expand your knowledge of the topic.
Item 1: What additional sources did you find on the topic you selected (list at least 2)?
Item 2: Why is each resource you found (a) relevant, (b) credible, (c) accurate, and (d) unbiased
based on what you learned from the UMUC: Evaluating Web Resources site? Address a-d in your
Item 3: What new information do the two new resources contribute to the topic as presented in
Section 3 Sources: Include at least TWO SOURCES related to your topic that are NOT presented,
discussed, or posted in the weekly Read & Watch in class or posted in the 15 topic list above. Include
these sources as in-paper citations and list them on your References page.
NOTE 3: Section 3 should comprise the majority of your paper (45-60%). This is where your
primary focus should be.
1. Your paper must follow APA format guidelines throughout.
(A sample APA template for you to use is attached to the bottom of this page. It contains Latin
placeholder text. Replace the text with your content).
12-point size professional font (e.g. Times New Roman).
Automatic Page numbers
2. Length: Minimum of 1,500
(Title page, Reference page, and direct quotes do not count toward the total word count).
NOTE 4: Going over 1,500 words is fine, but if you are under 1,500 you will be penalized based on
the following scale:
One letter grade (10%) for
every 500words you are under the
word count minimum.
4. Title Page
Your title page must be APA formatted and include the following:
Course Name and Section Number
Title of Research Paper Topic
5. References Page
Your References page must be APA formatted.
6. Sources: Include the source(s) from Section 2 and at least TWO (2) sources in Section 3.
Clarification: Please do not use unprofessional sources such as Wikipedia, About.com, Answers.com,
Dictionary.com, How.com, or anything remotely similar. Examples of scholarly sources include
textbooks, articles, academic journals, and conference proceedings. Scholarly resources are written by
experts in their fields, grounded in research, and often refereed (reviewed and edited by researchers in
the field). Examples of professional sourcesinclude: trade journals or magazines. Professional sources
are written for a specific audience that works in certain field. They are not research-based. You can also
use our course content (e.g. Read & Watch resources) as a source as well. UMUC has a top-notch,
extensive online library. You can find many scholarly and professional sources there.
NOTE 5: You can also use social media (e.g. Twitter posts, blogs, YouTube) sources as well as this is a
paper about the use of digital and social media.
7. Setup & Organization
Your paper must include the following pages and Level 1 Headings:
Topic Introduction (Section 1)
Topic Discussion (Section 2)
Additional Research (Section 3)
UMUCs Effective Writing Center offers several resources for APA formatting and citation style.
1. APA 6th Manuscript Formatting
2. All About APA – Complete Guide
3. CiteFast Citation Maker for APA
Please submit the following to your Assignments Folder in our CMST 301 LEO Classroom by the
specified due date:
1. Submit the completed paper in Microsoft Word (.DOCX) format.
Due Date: DECEMBER 10 – 11:59 PM EASTERN TIME (ET)
Five (5) Day Late Period: The Assignments Folder will remain open 5 days after the due date for late
submissions. There will be a 10% (or 2 point) reduction each day (24-hour period) the assignment is
late. After 5 days, late assignments will not be accepted or graded. The Assignments Folder will be
closed at this point as well and you will not be able to physically submit the assignment.
Exceptions may be allowed, on a case-by-case basis, for life situations (military deployment, medical
illness, death in the family, etc). In all cases, timely notification of a “life situation” is critical to the approval
of any extensions. All exceptions must be accompanied by official documentation, which is subject to
inspection and approval. Work load, course load, vacations, or bad memory are not acceptable excuses.
Running Close to the Deadline?: Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your assignment.
Give yourself at least a 5-hour window to account for any technical difficulties that might arise. If you
experience technical difficulties beyond your control that do not allow you to successfully complete the
assignment, immediately follow the steps below:
Contact UMUC 360 Help and Support. Inform them off the problem you are having.
Get a problem ticket number from them to document the situation.
E-mail me ASAP and include (a) your class and section, (b) description of the
problem you are having, (c) your problem ticket number from 360 Help and Support,
and (d) your name, so I can investigate the situation.
Step 3: Attempt to attach your assignment to a message to me inside of LEO.
Step 4: E-mail the assignment to me.
This project is worth 20 points or 20% of your total grade for the course.
You will lose points for issues such as: not following directions, not submitting your work
on time, and failure to include all required elements. Each omission will result in a partial
Submitting Your Assignment
To complete this project and receive full credit, you must submit your completed
presentation to your Assignments Folder unless you encounter problems–discussed
CYA (Copy Your Assignment)
Please make sure you keep a copy of your project stored on your computer. Technical
difficulties do happen–you may need to resubmit your assignment for a number of
reasons. It is always a good policy to CYA!
Please contact me in advance if you are having problems understanding what is
required of you.
Do Your Own Work
UMUC has strict policies regarding turning in work that is not 100% your own creation. I
will enforce these policies.
Verify Your Assignment Has Been Posted ( ** Very Important ** )
It is your responsibility to make sure you have posted your assignment CORRECTLY!
Once you have posted your assignment, immediately attempt to view it, just to make
sure your post was accepted by LEO, that it is formatted correctly, and you have posted
the correct file.
NOTE 6: You will be held responsible for posting your assignments correctly.
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