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Writing for Social Media & the Web

WRIT 240/3.0

Writing for Social Media and the Web introduces students to professional writing in the context of online media. Short assignments, including blog entries, a critical review, a process analysis, and a web page, focus on strengthening writing and editing skills, writing according to purpose, and recognizing various styles in social media writing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Recognize, adopt and adapt conventions of social media writing to meet the requirements of the genre and the needs of a variety of audiences.
  2. Evaluate forms of web-based writing to assess how effectibely they meet the needs of a variety of online audiences.
  3. Apply rhetorical modes of persuasion, definition and analysis to create communications that develop, maintain and increase readership.
  4. Assess, revise and create online website content relevant and appropriate to a variety of audiences and purpose, matching medium to purpose for greatest effect.

Description

Writing for Social Media and the Web introduces students to professional writing in the context of online media.  Students apply social media-specific strategies to write a variety of assignments including weekly blog entries, a critical review, a web page, a process analysis incorporating SEO (Search Engline Optimization), and revisions of their own work.  The fundamentals of writing, including elements of grammar and style, are a significant aspect of the course.  Assignments focus on developing effective writing skills through short, writing-intensive tasks while reinforcing how to write for purpose and assessing the differing voices and styles used in writing for social media.

Students are expected to build on the fundamental writing skills learned in WRIT 120 and/or WRIT 125.

Terms

Winter 2018
Course Dates: 
Jan. 8 - Apr. 6, 2018
Exam Dates: 
N/A

Evaluation

Formal AssignmentsValue
Assignment 110%
Assignment 215%
Assignment 315%
Assignment 425%
Assignment 535%
No Final Exam 

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Instructor

TBA

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) on study, practice and online activity for WRIT 240.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2017, Fall Term 2017 and Winter Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $666.91; for a 6.0-unit course, $1333.82. See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.