Merrill College of Journalism - Learning Outcomes
 
Undergrad: 3     Masters:     Certificate:
3: Outcome description:
Students will demonstrate an understanding and awareness of the ethical guidelines and practices that govern the profession and the legal implications and considerations that inform the profession.

Ethics Component | Law Component
4
Excellent
3
Good
2
Fair
1
Poor
0
Unacceptable
  • Written assignment reflects clear understanding of First Amendment law, lectures and text; and

  • Analysis of hypothetical situations includes all major points, is well-organized and presents strong arguments and conclusions; and

  • Identifies relevant, but not well publicized examples of current legal issues affecting journalists and explanation shows excellent understanding of issues raised; or

  • Oral presentations (if used as assessment assignment) shows significant advance thought, include all major points, follow format and reflect an excellent understanding of issues

  • Written assignment reflects basic understanding of importance of First amendment law and of lecture and text material; and

  • Analysis of hypothetical situations includes most major points; organization and support of arguments and conclusions are above average; and

  • Identifies less well-known examples of current legal issues affecting journalists, and explanations show good understanding of issues raised; or

  • Oral presentations (if used as assessment assignment) show advance thought, include most major points, follow format and reflect a good understanding of issues

  • Written assignments reflect some understanding of importance of First amendment law, and of lecture and text material; and

  • Analysis of hypothetical situations omits some significant points and reflects some confusion about key issues; organization and support of arguments and conclusions are average; and

  • Identifies only widely publicized examples of current legal issues affecting journalists, and explanations show only partial understanding of issues raised; or

  • Oral presentations follow part of required format, attempt to address all aspects of the question, and include some major points but show limited thought and incomplete understanding of issues

  • Written assignment exhibits minimal understanding of importance of First amendment law and of lecture and text material; and

  • Minimal ability to analyze hypothetical situations and apply relevant legal principles; arguments and conclusions miss key points and are poorly organized, and inadequately supported by current law; and

  • Identifies examples of current legal issues affecting journalists that are not relevant to class or show a misunderstanding of the law; or

  • Oral presentations (if used as an assessment assignment) show minimal thought, do not address all aspects of question, fail to follow format, include few major points, and reflect little understanding of issues

  • Assignment not turned in; or

  • Written assignment exhibits failure to follow required format, no understanding of importance of First Amendment law or of lecture and text material; and

  • Inability to analyze hypothetical situations, apply relevant legal principles, organize arguments and reach logical and supportable conclusions based on current law; and

  • Cannot identify examples of current legal issues affecting journalists; and

  • Oral presentations (if used as an assessment assignment) fail to follow format and show no advance thought or understanding of issues

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