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Course Number: BA 239
Transcript Title: Advertising
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 19, 2014
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options:
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:


WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Covers the basics of planning, creating, using, and placing advertising in the business world. Reviews entire field of advertising as basis for students who select advertising as a career or as an integral part of a marketing program. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115, and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Advertising, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the overall role advertising plays in the business world.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of advertising strategies and budgets.
  3. Identify and understand the various advertising media.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how an advertising agency operates.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the concepts described in the required competencies by any combination of the following:

  • Participation.
  • Case study analysis.
  • Individual or group projects.
  • Presentations.
  • Completion of assessment or certification-style examinations.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Planning
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Written and Oral Communications
  • Team Work
  • Ethical Conduct

Competencies and Skills

  • Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the history of advertising.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how an advertising agency operates.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how media ratings are conducted.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of companies advertising strategies and budgets.
  • Recognize various targets reached by media.
  • Have an understanding of media costs.

Department Notes

Advertising is designed to expose the interested student to the many aspects and functions of advertising. The course provides information about the history of advertising, commission schedules used in the advertising industry, the organization of a typical advertising agency, how an advertisement is created, and media coverage.