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2017-2018 Academic Catalog: Course Descriptions - Communication

COMM 1552 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
Students will learn theories/practices of public speaking in various settings. Audience analysis and speech development will be considered. Students will participate in preparing/performing of a variety of oral presentations. (3 credits) CPCE only

COMM 3100 PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
This course focuses on the development of professional-level written and oral communication skills. Students will learn how to conduct a meeting, do an effective oral presentation, write technical descriptions, instructions and reports, and effectively present information to their clients. Standard business formats (memo, letter, etc.) will also be reviewed. (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ENGL1050 and ENGL1550

COMM 3800 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATIONS
These courses present topics that are not covered by existing courses and are likely to change from semester to semester. Refer to the Class Schedule for a specific semester for the courses offered that semester. (1 - 4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

COMM 4102 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
This course serves as an overview to the mass media and the process of mass communication including its historical aspects, as well as the relevance of the mass media messages that our students will face today and tomorrow. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

COMM 4112 SOCIAL PERSPECTIVES JOURNALISM
This course directs students in developing a perspective for the basics of the news process: gathering, reporting and disseminating news. The role of the journalist in American society and the changing role of news and society will be discussed. The changing role of news and the newspaper is also discussed and analyzed, particularly as they pertain to an increasing population of society that access, read and interpret the news via online newspapers, logs, streaming and archived podcasts, and via the Internet and websites. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

COMM 4122 ORAL COMMUNICATIONS
This course will introduce the student to the basics of public speaking and communications. Students will be involved in speech preparation, development and delivery. This course also provides students with assistance in developing and using appropriate visual aids. Topics pertaining to audience analysis, speech anxiety, research, performance and wording will also be addressed. Individual and team presentations will be required. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

COMM 4125 INTRODUCTION TO RADIO BROADCASTING
This communications course will introduce students to the language and concepts of radio and internet broadcasting. Students will be introduced to and involved in broadcast (radio & Internet) topics and activities including a communication overview of radio broadcast history, station organization and operations, past and present technologies, format development and terminology using lectures, class speakers, projects, films, quizzes, exams and group exercises. It is expected that students will also use the WIRE studio for production and/ or broadcast assignments and projects. EPIC course (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

COMM 4262 PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING
Students will be exposed to and examine the issues and role of the public relations practitioner and media messages. They will also learn public relations writing/communication style which will be utilized to prepare press releases, public service announcements and other related materials. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

COMM 4300 MEDIA ETHICS
Claims of the democratizing power of media are ubiquitous: the media (and in particular the internet) have been credited with the rebirth of democracy.  Simultaneously, the relaxation of media ownership rules in the U.S., the degradation of journalism and newspapers, the increased pressures for profitability over high-quality content pose questions about whether media’s impact has been entirely positive.  These competing perspectives force us to ask, specifically: is the media creating a thriving democracy or failing “ideocracy”?  The goal of this course will be to consider the ethical obligations of the media in a democratic society and whether the media have met these obligations. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

COMM 4325 VIDEO PRODUCTION
This course allows students to explore the technical, creative, and expressive elements of the time-based medium of video. Students will become fluent in basic video and sound production, editing techniques, and formal elements of moving imagery. Because the main goal of this course is to gain skills in creative expression using this visual medium, a majority of class time will be spent on learning and applying techniques, working on in-class on projects, and engaging in regular critique of students' work. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence

COMM 4382 SOCIETY AND VISUAL MEDIA
This course looks at current media practices and their impact on communication, culture, and society. Image making and manipulation, video, audio, interactivity, and connectivity will be demonstrated and analyzed. The class focuses on effectively communicating content and ideas through digital media formats. (4 credits)
Prerequisite: completion of an ENGL sequence