COMM - COMMUNICATION

Department of Communication (ARS)


COMM - 1010 COMM PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
[3 hours] An introductory course that provides instruction and practice in human communication including interpersonal communication, group discussion, public speaking and mass communication. (not for major credit)


COMM - 2000 MASS COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
[3 hours] Overview of the media of mass communication, which considers social, economic, and intellectual impact on American culture and democracy. Exploration of various mass media and their methods of shaping public perceptions.


COMM - 2100 NEWS WRITING
[4 hours] Theory and practice of news writing as journalistic discourse. Emphasis on news style and values, story structure, types of stories. Ethics, taste and rudiments of law integrated throughout. Prerequisite: 30 hours, Type 20 wpm, pass gram/sp/punc/tst, 2.5 GPA


COMM - 2120 INFORMATION GATHERING AND REPORTING METHODS
[4 hours] Introduction to methodology of inquiry using primary sources, critical thinking skills, fact discrimination, interviewing, listening skills, data collection including electronic methods. Writing of originally researched stories for newspaper organizations. (Comm. 2400 recommended) Prerequisite: COMM 2100


COMM - 2150 EDITING AND GRAPHICS
[4 hours] Introduction to Writing, Editing, Design approach in editing newspapers, newsletters, electronic and similar publications. Fundamentals of desktop publishing, copy editing, headline writing, typography, layout, design, use of photos, illustrations. Prerequisite: COMM 2100


COMM - 2210 RADIO PRODUCTION AND PROGRAMMING
[4 hours] Basic principles of production and programming including training and development in basic performance areas. A study of contemporary station programming theories and techniques. Includes individual weekly lab requirement.


COMM - 2220 BASIC TELEVISION STUDIO OPERATION
[4 hours] Study and practice in the use of studio and control room equipment, including editing equipment. Discussion of the role of the director and producer in television production.


COMM - 2400 INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION
[3 hours] Introductory course for all Communication majors. Identification of primary sources that match information needs, gaining access to these sources, retrieving information and using it for responsible media decision making.


COMM - 2410 COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
[3 hours] A study of causative factors and characteristics of communicative disorders in comparison to normal speech/language/hearing processes.


COMM - 2420 CLINICAL PHONETICS
[3 hours] Understanding of articulatory and acoustic phonetics with emphasis on the development of transcription skills using the International Phonetic Alphabet in recording normal and disordered speech production.


COMM - 2430 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH AND HEARING MECHANISM
[3 hours] The study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism with relation to functioning for speech production and auditory perception.


COMM - 2440 NORMAL LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
[3 hours] This course will include procedures to describe language and the developmental sequence in which it is acquired by children. Basic theories of language acquisition will be discussed.


COMM - 2460 VOICE AND DICTION
[3 hours] Course explores the characteristics of effective oral communication. Intensive study of the breathing, vocal, and articulatory mechanism is paired with oral presentations.


COMM - 2600 PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS
[3 hours] Applies the principles of informative and suasory discourse in the construction and delivery of public presentations.


COMM - 2630 VISUAL COMMUNICATION
[4 hours] Instruction and laboratory experience in applying the principles of visual communication to human communication contexts including public relations releases, newsletters, direct mail, and electronic media.


COMM - 2810 ORAL INTERPRETATION OF LITERATURE
[3 hours] Designed to help students read aloud with spontaneity, clarity and feeling by studying the mechanics of oral reading in relation to interpretive treatment of various genre of literature.


COMM - 2990 INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1 - 4 hours] A freshman/sophomore seminar in which the student pursues a problem of special interest in communication. A prospectus must be submitted to the faculty member with whom the student will work. Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson.


COMM - 3150 FEATURE WRITING
[4 hours] Theory and practice in writing in various kinds of discourse for newspapers, magazines and electronic publications. Writing for specialized audiences. Developing context, analysis, background and appropriate standards of evidence. Prerequisite: COMM 2120


COMM - 3180 MASS COMMUNICATION LAW
[4 hours] Case studies and readings in libel, privacy, access and other legal issues arising from constitutional, judicial and administrative laws that affect mass communication. Prerequisite: COMM 2000


COMM - 3270 RADIO/TELEVISION NEWSWRITING
[4 hours] Training in the skills required in the preparation, writing and editing of both radio and television news. Prerequisite: English Comp II with a C or better.


COMM - 3280 MEDIA PERFORMANCE
[3 hours] A study of the principles and philosophies involved with successful broadcast communication and performance techniques. Includes laboratory projects in commercials, interviewing, news and ad-lib announcing.


COMM - 3290 MEDIA MANAGEMENT
[3 hours] The study of electronic media systems from an operations perspective. Course includes: programming, marketing, production and ethical considerations. Prerequisite: COMM 2000


COMM - 3440 CLINICAL AUDIOLOGY
[3 hours] The student learns to administer and interpret the comprehensive auditory battery consisting of pure-tone air conduction and bone conduction thresholds, speech reception thresholds, speech discrimination tests and acoustic emittance test battery. Prerequisite: COMM 2410, 2430


COMM - 3450 ARTICULATION/PHONOLOGICAL DISORDERS
[3 hours] Assessment techniques and intervention strategies for persons with disorders of the sound system of the language. Theories of phonological acquisition and etiological factors will be discussed during this course. Prerequisite: COMM 2420, 2430


COMM - 3460 COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS: LANGUAGE
[3 hours] Course includes the identification of etiologic basses and characteristics of language disorders. Assessment strategies leading to choice of intervention techniques will be discussed. Prerequisite: COMM 2440


COMM - 3470 METHODS FOR CLINICAL INTERVENTION
[3 hours] Teaches methods of intervention of speech, language, and hearing services in various settings. Emphasis on developing skills in report writing, structuring intervention services, and their implementation. Twenty-five hours of observation. Prerequisite: COMM 3450, 3460 (may be taken concurrently); major GPA of 2.67; and negative reading for the 2-step Mantoux for TB (or at least satisfactory completion of the first step); and completion of the Hepatitis B series (or at least verification of the start of the series). A signed declination of this series is acceptable in some facilities.


COMM - 3480 BEGINNING CLINICAL PRACTICUM
[2 hours] Supervised participation in structured individual or group intervention leading to the accumulation of 25 clinical hours of practicum. Prerequisite: COMM 3470 and major GPA of 2.67


COMM - 3490 ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICUM I
[2 hours] Students are assigned individual clients for whom they will plan an intervention program, implement the program, and evaluate the results of the intervention under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: COMM 3480 and major GPA of 2.67


COMM - 3610 SPEECH AND PUBLICITY WRITING FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS
[3 hours] Study and practice in developing speeches for others. Theory and practice of composing publicity materials using public relations standards.


COMM - 3710 PUBLIC RELATIONS
[3 hours] Introduction to public relations principles, planning and methods in business, government, educational institutions, community organizations, etc. Students analyze PR practices and strategies of selected clients.


COMM - 3810 GROUP COMMUNICATION
[3 hours] Theory and Practice of Group Communication variables with an emphasis on problem solving approaches.


COMM - 3820 PERSUASION THEORY
[4 hours] Examination of the theory and practices used in persuasive communication in public presentations, advertising, sales, and political campaigns.


COMM - 3830 BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DEBATE AND FORENSICS
[4 hours] Theory and Practice in reasoned discourse; analysis, evidence, logical forms and fallacies. Problems and procedures in administering a forensic program, teaching and directing debate and individual speaking events.


COMM - 3840 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
[4 hours] Review and application of interpersonal communication theory and research in a variety of one-to-one social contexts.


COMM - 3850 RESEARCH METHODS IN HUMAN COMMUNICATION
[3 hours] Introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods in human communication research. Focus on evaluating and interpreting research reports in public relations and other professional settings.


COMM - 3860 CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION
[4 hours] A study of the relationships between and among culture, behavior, language, and perception. Specific attention directed to selecting, using and reacting to language.


COMM - 3870 COMMUNICATION THEORY
[3 hours] A review of human communication theory and research directed toward understanding and applying theory and research in various communication contexts and for various communication outcomes. Prerequisite: COMM 2400


COMM - 3880 PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
[3 hours] Developing advanced oral and written organizational communications skills. Practice in various types of business communication formats: preparing reports, persuasive messages and memos.


COMM - 4090 MASS COMMUNICATION ETHICS
[4 hours] Examination of ethical problems that face the media of mass communication, and application of classical ethical theories to those problems. Prerequisite: COMM 2000


COMM - 4110 HIGH SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS
[3 hours] Problems involved in the production of high school newspapers and yearbooks including approaches to design, advertising, content, news, editorials, administration and business management.


COMM - 4210 ELECTRONIC MEDIA RESEARCH
[3 hours] An examination of research done for the electronic media. Included: radio and television ratings, music research and the role of consultants. Prerequisite: COMM 2000


COMM - 4220 ADVANCED TELEVISION PRODUCTION
[4 hours] Advanced principles and aesthetic considerations in the production of various television programs. Includes both in-studio as well as location work. Prerequisite: COMM 2220


COMM - 4250 MASS COMMUNICATION HISTORY
[4 hours] Historical consideration of the media of mass communication from colonial era to the present, with special emphasis on the role mass communication has played in the development of the nation. Prerequisite: COMM 2000


COMM - 4330 NEW TECHNOLOGIES
[3 hours] The content is designed to explore the changing complexity of the communications industry from both national and international perspectives. Prerequisite: COMM 2000


COMM - 4410 ORGANIC DISORDERS OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
[3 hours] Course provides basic information on the nature of communication disorders resulting from organic etiologies, with particular emphasis on aphasia, motor speech disorders and cleft lip palate. Prerequisite: COMM 3450 and 3460


COMM - 4420 VOICE AND FLUENCY DISORDERS
[3 hours] This course will present quantitative and qualitative descriptions and etiological factors related to voice and fluency disorders. Assessment and intervention strategies will be discussed. Prerequisite: COMM 2430; SPED 3610 recommended


COMM - 4430 DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
[3 hours] Assessment techniques to diagnose and describe communication disorders will be presented. Included will be interview strategies, case history information, and determination of intervention techniques based upon assessment results. Prerequisite: COMM 3450 and 3460


COMM - 4440 AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
[3 hours] Technological systems available for persons with the absence of functional speech will be described. Etiological factors, assessment and intervention procedures and hands-on experience with devices will be provided.


COMM - 4480 ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICUM II
[2 hours] Senior level practicum includes supervised clinical experience via off-campus placements (optional) in schools, hospitals, or nursing/ rehabilitation facility or in the on-campus Speech-Language and Learning Clinic. Prerequisite: COMM 3490 and major GPA of 2.67


COMM - 4490 AUDIOLOGY: CLINICAL PRACTICUM
[1 hour] Course includes supervised clinical practicum in administration of comprehensive audiological battery with emphasis on administration, counseling and interpretation of results. Prerequisite: COMM 3440 and major GPA of 2.67


COMM - 4610 PUBLIC RELATIONS PRINCIPLES
[3 hours] Design of public relations programs for organizations with which students have professional interests or affiliations. Advanced case study in-depth of one detailed project based on local research and consultation. Prerequisite: COMM 2000, 2100


COMM - 4620 PUBLIC RELATIONS PRACTICES
[3 hours] An examination of activities, roles and functions of public relations. Research, theory and techniques: strategic planning and management of public relations programs. Law, ethics and professionalism are covered. Prerequisite: COMM 4610


COMM - 4810 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
[3 hours] Survey, analysis and application of research in nonverbal communication variables and phenomena.


COMM - 4830 GENDER COMMUNICATION
[3 hours] Gender and communication are inextricably intertwined. This course explores how gender creates and is created in relationships. Gender communication will be explored from a variety of theoretical and pragmatic perspectives.


COMM - 4900 COMMUNICATION SEMINAR
[3 - 4 hours] An in-depth examination of a communication topic, problem or media event. May be writing intensive. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor


COMM - 4910 SENIOR PORTFOLIO
[1 hour] Assessment of work from at least five Communication classes. The student will develop a portfolio highlighting their work. Students will also write cover letters, resumes and graduate school applications. Prerequisite: COMM 2000, 2400. Completion of five additional communication classes. At least two from both Applied and Conceptual Communication.


COMM - 4930 FIELD STUDY
[1 - 3 hours] Extended field study of community organization appropriate to student's interest area. Culminates in a formal report to include solution to an organizational communication problem. Includes presentation of portfolio. (Alternative to Internship) Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson.


COMM - 4940 COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP
[1 - 3 hours] Professional training in communication relating to newspaper work, public relations, broadcasting etc... Arrangements with the appropriate communication organization must be made in consultation with the internship director prior to enrollment. Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson


COMM - 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY
[1 - 4 hours] A seminar in which the student pursues a problem of special interest in communication. A prospectus must be submitted prior to registration to the participating faculty member. Prerequisite: Consent of department chairperson

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