Spring 2022 - CMNS 453 D200

Issues in the Information Society (4)

Mobile Information Society

Class Number: 3300

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
    HCC 1415, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    75 units, including CMNS 253W, 353 or 354, with a minimum grade of C-. CMNS 362 is recommended.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Advanced seminar to discuss issues in the interplay between contemporary society and new computer/communication technologies, at the level of comprehensive theories of society, on one hand, and major public policy, on the other. This course can be repeated once for credit (up to a maximum of two times).

COURSE DETAILS:

CMNS 453: Issues in the Information Society is designed to help you understand the technical and social implications of the mobile information society. The course is an introduction to ideas, concepts, and developments associated with the significant, rapidly occurring changes experienced in mobile societies around the world. It highlights important historical events and the stakeholders who seek to exercise their influence over the development of new technologies and services.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of this course, the student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Understand technological infrastructures of the mobile revolution, including radio spectrum, and its governance
  • Analyze the technical and economic implications of spectrum auctions
  • Apply a critical framework to the social and cultural elements of the mobile society and its impact on the mobile revolution
  • Evaluate the implications of mobile issues (ubiquitous computing, mobile panics, mobile cultures, applications, etc.)
  • Understand mobile issues around networking, surveillance, and mobile activism

Grading

  • Module 1 Assignment: Spectrum Auction 20%
  • Module 2 Assignment: Implications of Mobile Applications 20%
  • Module 3 Assignment: Class #BookTok Experiment on TikTok (Part 1 - 20%; Part 2 - 10%) 30%
  • Mobile Application Participation (Clubhouse, WhatsApp, TikTok) 10%
  • Weekly Activities (May be substituted for a Clubhouse Presentation or Clubhouse Fishbowl) 20%

NOTES:

The school expects that the grades awarded in this course will bear some reasonable relation to established university-wide practices with respect to both levels and distribution of grades. In addition, the school will follow Policy S10.01 with respect to Academic Integrity, and Policies S10.02, S10.03 and S10.04 as regards Student Discipline (note: as of May 1, 2009 the previous T10 series of policies covering Intellectual Honesty (T10.02) and Academic Discipline (T10.03) have been replaced with the new S10 series of policies).

Late assignments will receive a penalty of three points anytime from one day to seven days late. After one week, assignments receive a grade of zero. Late discussion posts will not be accepted.

Your final percentage in the course will be calculated from your grades. A letter grade will be assigned, as follows:

A+

95-100%

A

90-94%

A-

85-89%

B+

80-84%

B

75-79%

B-

70-74%

C+

65-69%

C

60-64%

C-

55-59%

D

50-54%

F

0-49%

You can find out more about Simon Fraser University’s grading policies on the university website.

Assignment Due Dates

Due dates and times are provided for all assignments. Ten (10) percent is deducted for assignments that are 1-7 days late. After 7 days, the assignments will not be accepted.

Academic Dishonesty

Simon Fraser University values academic integrity. Read the SFU policies on cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty. The consequences of such behaviour are serious. Also familiarize yourself with the SFU library tutorials on avoiding plagiarism, academic integrity, and library research skills.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Learning Activities

  • Weekly activities
  • Assignments, presentations, and exams
  • Required mobile applications: Canva, Clubhouse, WhatsApp, TikTok

Optional (but recommended):

REQUIRED READING:

The readings are available on the Canvas page under each unit page.


Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022

Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.