MKTG 2352 Content Planning
|School||School of Business + Media|
|Minimum Passing Grade||50%|
|Start Date||January 05, 2021|
|End Date||March 22, 2021|
Acknowledgement of Territories
The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).
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|Location||Instructor to provide|
|Office Hours||Instructor to provide|
Every company that leverages a website, blog, video channel, podcast, email newsletter, and/or social media needs effective and efficient content planning. By learning a multi-step, iterative, content planning process, students build new digital skills that can be applied in real world contexts. Content planning saves time, creates more professional content, enhances brand consistency, and assists in building relationships with customers. The focus of this course will be to provide the student with content planning strategies and content creation techniques to fuel the digital marketing efforts of any organization.
Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the advantages of formal content creation for a company, non-profit, or business.
- Distinguish between different content platforms; comparing and contrasting the benefits and drawbacks of each option.
- Assemble and organize potential content topics supported by formal brainstorming and research techniques.
- Formulate realistic timeline for content production and develop a corresponding workflow on an editorial calendar.
- Gain confidence in ability to create content in a variety of formats – text, images, audio, and/or video.
- Create a strategy, and corresponding tactics, to engage with digital audiences.
- Learn to appraise audience responses and author appropriate.
- Reflect on the iterative process of content planning and use experience-based knowledge to refine future content.
- Textbook: The Content Planner: A Complete Guide to Organize and Share your Ideas Online by Angela Crocker (Self-Counsel Press, 2017, ISBN 978-1-77040-277-5)
- The textbook is available in print and eBook editions. Either format will do.
- Students should bring the textbook to class each week starting in Week 2.
- Additional readings and resources will be provided.
- Student will need access to a computer and the internet.
|Small assignments||30%||six assignments x 5% each|
Course Specific Requirements
- Working knowledge of computers and the internet.
- Working knowledge of a word processing program (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Pages, or similar)
Course Schedule and Assignments
Week 1 – Jan 5
Welcome lecture and introductions
Overview of content planning
Learning logistics (Learning Hub, email, attendance policy, group agreement, etc.)
Online discussion (1 of 9) (10%)
Weekly in-class participation begins (10%)
Week 2 – Jan 12
Identifying purpose to fuel content
Owned versus earned media
Online discussion (2 of 9)
Week 3 – Jan 19
Getting to know your audience
Defining your audience beyond demographics
Overcoming audience distractions
Online discussion (3 of 9)
Week 4 – Jan 26
Selecting where to publish online
Online discussion (4 of 9)
Purpose statement assignment due (5%)
Week 5 – Feb 2
Online discussion (5 of 9)
Persona assignment due (5%)
Week 6 – Feb 9
Online discussion (6 of 9)
Platform plan assignment due (5%)
Week 7 – Feb 16
Content creation (text)
Quality versus quantity
Working with style guides
Online discussion (7 of 9)
Week 8 – Feb 23
Audio-visual recording techniques
Online discussion (8 of 9)
Editorial calendar assignment due (5%)
Week 9 – Mar 2
Publication and social sharing
Digital listening and online community engagement
Online discussion (9 of 9)
Workflow documentation assignment due (5%)
Week 10 – Mar 9
Week 11 – Mar 16
How data can inform next steps
Understanding metrics & analytics
Peer review assignment due (5%)
Week 12 – Mar 23
Iterative process of content planning
Digital living productivity
Content Plan due (25%)
Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.
Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.
Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.
Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at https://www.bcit.ca/about/administration/policies.shtml
Guidelines for School of Business + Media
Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts may not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.
Regular attendance in lectures and labs is seen as integral to student success, therefore, attendance in class is monitored. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for this course may result in the assignment of a failing grade. Attendance may be taken at any time during class. A student not present for attendance will be marked absent. A student who leaves class for a period of time deemed excessive by the instructor may be considered absent regardless of whether they are present when attendance is taken.
In case of illness or other unavoidable absence, students must communicate with the instructor, or the appropriate Program Head, as soon as possible (preferably in advance) indicating the reason for the absence. Students who are seeking accommodation for a medical absence must have a BCIT-approved medical certificate ). For other absences, students must be prepared to provide appropriate supporting documentation.
A student who has unexcused absences in excess of 10% of the time prescribed for the course by the Withdrawal Deadline is considered to have ‘Vanished’ and will be assigned a grade of ‘V’. In these cases, no further work will be graded.
These requirements are set out in accordance with BCIT Policy 5101 Student Regulations. More information regarding withdrawals from PTS courses is available at https://www.bcit.ca/pts/pts_withdrawals.shtml.
I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Angela Crocker, Instructor
November 12, 2020
I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Danielle Wilson, Program Head
November 20, 2020
I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Tracey Renzullo, Program Head
November 25, 2020
I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Morgan Westcott, Associate Dean
November 25, 2020
Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.