Course Schedule for Spring 2018


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MPMC-841-01

Activating Audiences forCauses

Every cause is driven by it’s supporters — from donors, to volunteer leaders, to advocates. We’ll use the latest in behavioral economics, program analytics, and brain science to show how you can inspire your audiences to support a non-profit cause and do good in the world. This course will explore: - how people are “wired” to support causes, and how to best persuade them to increase their support; - how age impacts what people want from the causes they support; - best practices for strategies and tactics that non-profits (and progressive brands) use to drive support. In the end, students will know how to craft (and evaluate) a pragmatic conversion strategy -- acquisition, conversion, activation, engagement and retention -- that goes beyond just informing and educating, but actually drives behavior.

Note: This course is cross-listed with MPPR 906. Students must have completed the core and foundation courses (MPMC 600 and 602) to register for this elective course. This course requires an additional 150-minute distance learning component.

  • Course #: MPMC-841-01
  • CRN: 31962
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Parker, E.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-706-01

Building your Creative Muscle

Ever wonder how ideas are generated? Ever been intimidated by a blank page? These insights and more may be gleaned from, “Building Your Creative Muscle." Creativity is an essential but often overlooked or misunderstood resource. Every person has his or her own creative tendencies and capacity, but many marketing and communications professionals lack the necessary confidence, experience, techniques, and habits to effectively harness their innate creativity. This course will instill an appreciation of and framework for applying creativity in your daily work by examining the topic at length and in myriad formats. We’ll identify the core concepts of creativity, examine and compare different techniques to generate it, and develop the discipline to turn down some ideas in favor of new and better ones. We will also explore how creativity is harnessed in different settings and careers.

Note: Students must have completed their core and foundation courses (MPMC 600 and 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-706-01
  • CRN: 32968
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Ney, J.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-900-01

Capstone

During this final course, students will apply the comprehensive skills they have built throughout their study of the concept and practice of integrated marketing communications. After identifying and securing a company or organization of their choosing, students will respond to a marketing communications challenge by creating a well-researched, creative, integrated plan that exemplifies their development as IMC professionals. Students will be able to choose clients based on their personal interests or aimed at continuing the social impact mission of the program. Consumer research is the heart of the IMC planning process and students are required to develop their creative insights from original research. Throughout the semester, multiple forms of assessment—including quick-fire challenges, written projects, an ethical response paper, a final plan, and a strategy pitch—track and evaluate each student's level of competency in all IMC program learning goals.

Note: Students must have completed the core and foundation courses (MPMC 600 and 602) to register for this course. Students may only take this course in their final semester within the program.

  • Course #: MPMC-900-01
  • CRN: 31963
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Bhargava, S.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-840-01

Cause Consulting

Cause Consulting is a signature course in the PRCC program. It offers a cohort of students an applied learning experience by working collaboratively in small consulting teams to refine and implement communications plans for social impact clients, such as nonprofits or socially responsible businesses. It's also an opportunity to explore students’ leadership potential to create positive social impact throughout their careers, as they go through a semester-long journey to become consultants. Students who complete the course are recognized with the designation of Cause Consultants, which allows them to participate in exclusive opportunities through the Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC).

Note: This course is cross-listed with MPPR 900-01. Students must have completed the core and foundation courses (MPMC 600 and 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-840-01
  • CRN: 31961
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Trybus, J.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-700-01

Collaboration Lab

Working from a creative brief for a major consumer brand, students will learn how to collaborate in the best interest of their client, and towards the development of a fully integrated marketing communications campaign. Students will be asked to navigate the silos between communications disciplines and to stop the “wars” among the advocates of any one particular approach. As part of the experience, students will work as a small team to build up a “silo” for one communication’s discipline. Then they will switch gears and learn how to break it down in order to create a more powerful campaign that puts the consumer’s interest ahead of self-interest. After the client selects the winning idea, students will come together as one group to further refine the approach and present to the client at the end of the semester as a unified, collaborative team.

Note: This course is a hybrid course with on campus & online students. Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 & MPMC 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-700-01
  • CRN: 33784
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Zajack, W.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-700-101

Collaboration Lab

Working from a creative brief for a major consumer brand, students will learn how to collaborate in the best interest of their client, and towards the development of a fully integrated marketing communications campaign. Students will be asked to navigate the silos between communications disciplines and to stop the “wars” among the advocates of any one particular approach. As part of the experience, students will work as a small team to build up a “silo” for one communication’s discipline. Then they will switch gears and learn how to break it down in order to create a more powerful campaign that puts the consumer’s interest ahead of self-interest. After the client selects the winning idea, students will come together as one group to further refine the approach and present to the client at the end of the semester as a unified, collaborative team.

Note: This course is a hybrid course with on campus & online students. Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 & MPMC 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-700-101
  • CRN: 33785
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Zajack, W.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018

MPMC-600-01

Consumer Research & Insights

This course is a foundational component of the integrated marketing communications (IMC) program. The course builds student knowledge of research approaches and techniques, equipping them to keep consumer interests and needs at the center of integrated campaigns. Students will learn how to design, interpret, and apply primary and secondary research techniques used in campaign development, execution, and evaluation. Topics include how to locate and mine existing databases and resources; best practices for designing and executing surveys, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and observational studies; and how to incorporate digital tools and emerging technologies as part of an overall research plan. Focus will be placed on how to develop meaningful insights from research to guide audience segmentation and targeting, message strategies, creative development, and channel selection. The course combines textbook learning with real-world examples and applications so that students can experience research in practice.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-600-01
  • CRN: 30310
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Copley, C.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-704-101

Content Strategy

In response to changing consumer expectations, marketing has become less about paid advertising and more about providing value-added content to attract and retain customers. It is no longer acceptable to speak at customers; rather, they expect to be engaged in conversation around topics that they are interested in. Moreover, the addition of new web-based and social channels has created demand for large amounts of new content. Students in this course will work with clients to develop content tailored to a specific target audience. They will learn how to create a cross-channel content plan and build a portfolio of content samples for web stories, social media, email newsletters, and other channels.

Note: Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 & MPMC 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-704-101
  • CRN: 33786
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Franklin Parrish
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018

MPMC-500-01

Conversations About Ethics

The process of educating the whole person starts with the study of ethics. The concept of IMC requires practitioners to look across multiple communications disciplines and consider each one’s unique challenges. At the same time, the practitioner holds the consumer’s wants and needs as the guiding force for planning. Looking at ethics through a professional lens, students are asked to explore their own values and are challenged to codify and commit to their own code of ethics in relation to a broad range of professional codes of conduct and best practices. Students will gain a solid foundation in ethics and relate what they learn to their own professional situation through class discussions, case studies, and guest lectures conducted by industry experts. This course is required for all MPS students and must be completed by the second semester in the program. Foundational concepts in ethics are woven throughout the program’s other courses and revisited throughout a student’s tenure.

Note: Additional 150 minutes learning component is required. Core course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-500-01
  • CRN: 30306
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Boone, X.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-500-101

Conversations About Ethics

The process of educating the whole person starts with the study of ethics. The concept of IMC requires practitioners to look across multiple communications disciplines and consider each one’s unique challenges. At the same time, the practitioner holds the consumer’s wants and needs as the guiding force for planning. Looking at ethics through a professional lens, students are asked to explore their own values and are challenged to codify and commit to their own code of ethics in relation to a broad range of professional codes of conduct and best practices. Students will gain a solid foundation in ethics and relate what they learn to their own professional situation through class discussions, case studies, and guest lectures conducted by industry experts. This course is required for all MPS students and must be completed by the second semester in the program. Foundational concepts in ethics are woven throughout the program’s other courses and revisited throughout a student’s tenure.

Note: Core course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-500-101
  • CRN: 32663
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Thomas, S.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018

MPMC-806-01

Dig. Analytics & Measurement

This course examines the processes for gathering, interpreting, and presenting compelling digital data. Students will learn to use digital public opinion polling, specialized reports, social media platforms, digital analysis tools, and news aggregators to explain market research, audience trends, and social conversations. Students will also create data visualization tools to streamline data presentation into succinct, engaging formats.

Note: Also taught as MPPR 506-01. Students must have completed the core and foundation courses (MPMC 600 and 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-806-01
  • CRN: 30559
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Durand, N.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-806-02

Dig. Analytics & Measurement

This course examines the processes for gathering, interpreting, and presenting compelling digital data. Students will learn to use digital public opinion polling, specialized reports, social media platforms, digital analysis tools, and news aggregators to explain market research, audience trends, and social conversations. Students will also create data visualization tools to streamline data presentation into succinct, engaging formats.

Note: This course is cross-listed with MPPR 506-02. Students must have completed the core and foundation courses (MPMC 600 and 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-806-02
  • CRN: 31960
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Vallo, A.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-806-101

Dig. Analytics & Measurement

This course examines the processes for gathering, interpreting, and presenting compelling digital data. Students will learn to use digital public opinion polling, specialized reports, social media platforms, digital analysis tools, and news aggregators to explain market research, audience trends, and social conversations. Students will also create data visualization tools to streamline data presentation into succinct, engaging formats.

Note: Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 & MPMC 602) to register for this elective course. Also taught as MPPR 506-101.

  • Course #: MPMC-806-101
  • CRN: 33790
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Adke, D.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018

MPMC-881-01

Digital Marketing

In this fast-paced course, we will examine the fundamentals of digital marketing. The course will provide a solid foundation for students to develop a cohesive digital marketing plan, including the strategies, tools and tactics that digital marketers employ. You will learn how to create a digital marketing strategy and translate that strategy into tactical objectives, goals, tasks, and measurements to build brand awareness, drive leads and awareness, and increase sales. Topics include online/display advertising, search engine marketing (organic and paid), social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, mobile marketing and website development.

Note: Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 and MPMC 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-881-01
  • CRN: 34613
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Jennings, J.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-602-01

IMC Campaign Planning

In today's ever-fragmented media world, it's never been harder, or more important, to develop a strong, integrated brand strategy to connect with people. From soft drinks to computers to the presidential election campaigns, managing a brand relationship with your audience is critical. In this class, students will learn how strategies are developed and explore how different communications disciplines can and should work together. You will learn the principles and practice of developing an integrated marketing communications plan using the Georgetown model – a building block for success in MPS IMC and in your career. There will be an emphasis on thinking creatively and strategically about business problems, as well as the importance of humanity and intuition in a data-driven world.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-602-01
  • CRN: 30313
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Koslow, A.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-602-101

IMC Campaign Planning

In today's ever-fragmented media world, it's never been harder, or more important, to develop a strong, integrated brand strategy to connect with people. From soft drinks to computers to the presidential election campaigns, managing a brand relationship with your audience is critical. In this class, students will learn how strategies are developed and explore how different communications disciplines can and should work together. You will learn the principles and practice of developing an integrated marketing communications plan using the Georgetown model – a building block for success in MPS IMC and in your career. There will be an emphasis on thinking creatively and strategically about business problems, as well as the importance of humanity and intuition in a data-driven world.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-602-101
  • CRN: 32667
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Bhargava, S.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018

MPMC-773-01

MPS IMC Internship I

This one-credit course is designed to give credit for students doing an internship with an organization that requires them to receive credit. The internships should be substantive and have the goal of providing relevant industry experience, portfolio items or other professional work for students to use when looking for jobs. This course is also meant as a way to help support students who are doing internships. Students are expected to check in every week with the instructor about their experience so that the instructor can give guidance for the internship and for working within a professional organization.

Note: Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 & MPMC 602) to register for this elective course. Extensive, documented academic activity and experimental learning outside of the classroom (min. 6-8 hours per week) is required. Program Approval is required.

  • Course #: MPMC-773-01
  • CRN: 33788
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-774-01

MPS IMC Intership II

Note: Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 & MPMC 602) to register for this elective course. Extensive, documented academic activity and experimental learning outside of the classroom (min. 6-8 hours per week) is required. Program Approval is required.

  • Course #: MPMC-774-01
  • CRN: 33789
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-710-01

MultiChnnl&MediaMix; Strat IMC

In today's fast-paced, always-changing media world, it's never been harder, or more important, to develop a strong, integrated brand strategy to get the right message to the right person at the right moment. In this class, students will learn how to develop and analyze media mix strategies including earned, owned and paid marketing channels to effectively reach different audiences. You will learn the principles and practice of how different media channels can be strategically leveraged as an imperative part of an integrated communications plan.

Note: Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 and MPMC 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-710-01
  • CRN: 34664
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Finberg, S.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-891-01

Personal Branding

Thought leadership and personal branding are two essential, yet often ambiguous ingredients in a career strategy. This course will arm students with the resources to evaluate, improve, and employ personal branding strategies for themselves and for key members of their organizational team. The course will discuss personal branding strategies in both digital and event contexts – including social media platforms, presentations, and networking opportunities.

Note: This course is also taught as MPPR 891-01 and MPJO 891-01. Students must have completed the core and foundation courses (MPMC 600 and MPMC 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-891-01
  • CRN: 30326
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Blymire, C.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-891-02

Personal Branding

Thought leadership and personal branding are two essential, yet often ambiguous ingredients in a career strategy. This course will arm students with the resources to evaluate, improve, and employ personal branding strategies for themselves and for key members of their organizational team. The course will discuss personal branding strategies in both digital and event contexts – including social media platforms, presentations, and networking opportunities.

Note: This course is also taught as MPPR 891-02 and MPJO 891-02. Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 & MPMC 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-891-02
  • CRN: 32543
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Blymire, C.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-890-01

Public Speaking & Pitching

Presenting yourself, materials, and ideas is a daily activity of a communications practitioner. This course will improve your ability to speak effectively in various situations, including speaking impromptu, presenting an idea, explaining extremely difficult subject matter, and persuading people on a volatile issue. More specifically, you will build on and improve the subtleties of delivery, structure, and visual aids. Class exercises focus on audience analysis, strategic presenting, theme development, argument construction, techniques for creating “stickiness,” and effective openings and closings.

Note: This course is cross-listed with MPPR 600. Students must have completed the core and foundation courses (MPMC 600 and MPMC 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-890-01
  • CRN: 30324
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Conrad, R.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-560-01

Strategic Career Planning

Managing your career and continuing your professional development are cornerstones to success. Whether you are aspiring to your next promotion, searching for a new job, or changing industries, understanding the elements of strategic career planning and professional development will guide you toward your goals. In today’s world economy, learning and implementing these strategic are essential to both personal and professional well being and success. There are specific professional management strategies that will ensure preparedness, markateabability, and competitiveness for your next career move. Each week, we will focus key elements of strategic career development using the previous week’s readings and assignments, and by utilizing class activities that will demonstrate what you have learned. Individual participation and in-class assignments/presentations will be included to enhance the learning experience. This course will provide you with the knowledge and tools that can be customized and applied to your career and your vision for the future.

Note: This course is also taught as MPPR 560 and MPJO 560 Students who miss more than two (2) classes or more than one (1) assignment will be administratively withdrawn from the course.

  • Course #: MPMC-560-01
  • CRN: 30309
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Sunny Levitt
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-707-01

Strategic Leadership in IMC

Note: Students must have completed the foundation courses (MPMC 600 and MPMC 602) to register for this elective course.

  • Course #: MPMC-707-01
  • CRN: 33787
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Santelli, R.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-603-01

The Brand Concept

What is a brand? What is the definition of a great brand? Why do some brands survive generation after generation while others fail after a short shelf life? This course will explore the core principles of branding. You will learn how brands compete in an environment full of choices for consumers, and the tactics they employ to be best in class. Using a consumer-centric approach, you will learn how to think critically and creatively about measuring, sustaining, building, and defending brands in today’s competitive environment.

Note: Additional 150 minutes learning component is required. Foundation course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-603-01
  • CRN: 30316
  • Format: On-campus
  • Instructor: Santelli, R.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018
  • Class Meetings:

MPMC-603-101

The Brand Concept

What is a brand? What is the definition of a great brand? Why do some brands survive generation after generation while others fail after a short shelf life? This course will explore the core principles of branding. You will learn how brands compete in an environment full of choices for consumers, and the tactics they employ to be best in class. Using a consumer-centric approach, you will learn how to think critically and creatively about measuring, sustaining, building, and defending brands in today’s competitive environment.

Note: Foundation course requirement for the IMC program.

  • Course #: MPMC-603-101
  • CRN: 32668
  • Format: Online
  • Instructor: Koslow, A.
  • Dates: Jan 10 – May 12, 2018

MPMC-701-101

The Creative Brief

The creative brief is the road map to a powerful IMC campaign. What does it take to marry business concerns with creative considerations? In this course, students will learn how to navigate this delicate balance and bring both sides of their brains to this important task. There are a number of different formats for creative briefs that make the job easier. Students will learn about the core components of a creative brief and gain exposure to different approaches, particularly those adopted by creative agencies. At the end of the course, students will appreciate that a strong creative brief is only as good as the consumer insights that drive it.

Note: Additional 150 minute distance learning component required.