Advertising, Journalism and Public
and Graduate Students:
All MCOM 180 students must be enrolled by the
last day to ADD
classes each semester:
No late adds.
Calls or emails requesting add codes are
MUST get their unique MCOM 180 effort
approved first by a
JMC School faculty member in their major
HOW THIS WORKS:
While the university and JMC School
faculty determine most of the units all
must take for graduation and a media degree,
students also have academic credit
opportunities where they lead the
learning process, discover important
information, and address personal
interests or questions for academic
Students direct the unique educational
experience in their
through critical thinking, organizing
their thoughts, and developing a
learning experience strategy or plan.
During their research student identify
media and other experts who can provide
pertinent insights and information, and
possibly serve as
professional mentors for their future.
When MCOM 180 is completed,
students have new insights and answers
their media careers and areas of
curiosity or interest that will help
them be better
prepared to enter the professional media
market after graduation.
Students must demonstrate their talents
by critically thinking about a specific
media topic or timely issue,
individually conduct research,make
with media experts and explore these
in some depth.
A final paper, project, video or
presentation must be produced
on the experience by semester's end for
JMC faculty evaluation.
HOW TO REGISTER FOR MCOM 180
BEFORE THE LAST DAY TO ADD
1. Identify a unique topic in your
media major or media professional field
you are curious about or want to learn
Do this quickly at the start of the
before the Add Class Deadline.
In Spring 2017, the deadline is FEB.
2. Meet with a JMC School faculty
member in your major and
discuss in detail the MCOM 180 media
3. Work out the specifics of this
unique opportunity with your the
faculty member in your major. Develop a
timeline to follow.
The assignment must be explicitly
discussed, and the effort must justify
number of units of credit you are
School faculty member must
agree with your proposed effort and to
sign-off on it.
credit will be given.
4. Complete the specific MCOM 180 (
1, 2 or 3 unit ) application form.
They are available in the JMC School
main office, DBH 105
and on the
JMC School website.
( Right side box. )
5. Fill out the appropriate form with the JMC School
make sure you both sign
the form, and specify
the exact number of units of credit for your MCOM 180.
This must be done before the Add
Deadline to get
6. Return the fully
completed and signed form to to DBH 105
BEFORE the SJSU Last Day to Add Classes.
The JMC Office staff will provide
the add code
to register for
MCOM 180 on
7. Use that add code immediately and
register for MCOM 180.
Make sure you do not get dropped from
your classes during the semester.
Late add requests are NOT
the JMC School.
8. During the semester complete MCOM
180 assignment you worked out
JMC School faculty member in your major.
Follow your timeline.
9. Throughout the semester meet with and
update your JMC faculty major
adviser on your progress. Ask for advice
or any suggestions needed.
Discuss and work out roadblocks you
Don't disappear. Don't procrastinate.
That would jeopardize getting credit.
Faculty updates should be provided by the
10. By the end-of-semester
deadline, (the date established by
your JMC School faculty
at the outset of the semester,)
turn in your MCOM 180 independent
effort...(ie. paper, project,
No late submissions.
After your JMC School faculty member
in your major reviews
your completed effort, the faculty
member will contact the JMC School
Coordinator for MCOM 180 and report the
grade to be posted.
Spring 2017: Prof. Bob Rucker is the JMC
The only authorized grades for MCOM 180 are:
CR which means CREDIT
NC which means NO CREDIT.
* EXTENSION REQUESTS ARE NOT
USUALLY APPROVED *
Do not count on being given additional
to complete your MCOM 180 approved
The faculty member is authorized to give
a grade of
'No Credit' for unfinished efforts.
FOR A SUCCESSFUL
MCOM 180 EXPERIENCE:
Don't be shy in this process. Be
assertive, and always respectful.
Don't PROCRASTINATE...Don't Work Against
Never tell yourself media industry
experts won't talk to
That's your bias.
Most professionals find time to help you
with your research.
They were once students too you know.
Many students are amazed at how
media experts are with these self-study
They want you to know what really goes
on in their
profession, and help you understand and
ahead before entering the job market..
Always be considerate and patient with their busy work
Don't expect them to respond to
calls or email
That's your bias again...What's easiest
Give them some options for a possible
follow-up by you.
Many professionals like to be asked for
assistance in a
direct way. So use the telephone and ask for an
for a discussion about your research.
Some may invite you to their workplace
for the meeting.
Always be considerate and respectful of their
Be organized and ready for this
You may not get another chance.
Take detailed notes, be personable, ask
and try to leave a good impression.
OPTION - NOT
Ask if you could keep in touch, or if
the expert would
consider being a media career mentor.
This is a great way to add to you
network of media contacts
and develop a new professional adviser relationship.
Hopefully by the end of your MCOM 180 experience you will have learned
more about some important aspect of your
media major that
will help you as you prepare to enter
the media job market.