Communication Studies (CMNS) 321
Computing in Everyday Life (Revision 6)
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Individualized study online
Video component* or grouped study (check availability).
*Overseas students, please contact the University Library before registering in a course that has an audio/visual component.
Precluded course: (CMNS 321 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HSRV 321)
Area of Study: Social Science
CMNS 321 has a Challenge for Credit option.
Computing in Everyday Life surveys the psychological and sociological impact of computers on the people who use them. The course situates the computer in the history of mediated communication by examining such key factors in computer-mediated communication as artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, and the Internet. Implications of these factors for the nature of human experience with computers are then explored in selected applied units on the cellphone, augmented reality, video games, and health information. Students have ample opportunity to connect theory and actual experience through online research and discussion.
- Unit 1: Overview
- Unit 2: Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Unit 3: Virtual Reality (VR) and Robotics
- Unit 4: The Internet
- Unit 5: Cell Phones
- Unit 6: Augmented Reality: Portability, Accessibility, and Wearability
- Unit 7: Video Games
- Unit 8: Health Information and Disabilities: Computer Applications
To receive credit for CMNS 321, you must complete all assignments, achieve at least 50% on the final exam, and obtain a minimum composite course grade of at least D (50 percent). The chart below summarizes the course activities and the credit weight associated with each.
Online discussion (5 posts at 2% each)
Experiential/Academic Reports (5 reports at 12% each)
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Note: Weighting in grouped-study offerings may be altered to accommodate a classwork component.
All course materials for CMNS 321 are available online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
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NOTE: Students registering in grouped study mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated above.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 6, October 8, 2015.
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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services