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COMM Course Descriptions

Communication Studies

COMM 1000 Integrated Skills for International Students
Prerequisite: Departmental Approval
6-0-6
This course focuses on developing academic reading, writing,
speaking and listening skills for international students.
Students practice language and academic activities, such as
note-taking, basic research and discourse designed to support
concurrent academic course work.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to demonstrate listening and note-taking ability through guided exercises, including authentic lectures;
be able to participate in critical analysis and discussion of themed academic topics;
be able to read, comprehend and integrate text from a variety of sources, with proper documentation; and
be able to demonstrate support and development of main ideas in an essay


COMM 1050 Holistic Communication for Non-Native Speakers of
English
Prerequisites: Department Approval
3-0-3
This course provides students with an opportunity for integrated
language study, with a focus on oral and written comprehension,
as well as written and spoken expression.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to accurately summarize the main idea of a written text or an oral presentation;
be able to draw inferences from written texts and express original ideas in written and oral form that respond to the text;
be able to comprehend complex oral presentation and participate in a discussion at a level appropriate to a college classroom; and
be able to demonstrate the information literacy skills needed to conduct ethical college-level secondary source research in English to support oral and written arguments                                     


COMM 2000 Business Communication
Prerequisites: ENGL 1102, COMM 2400
3-0-3
Introduction to the communication skills needed in the business
world, learned through exposure to mock business situations. The
job search is covered, and emphasis is placed on writing business
correspondence and delivering business-related oral
presentations.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to write a variety of business letters;
be able to have the experience of participating in at least one oral presentation targeted to a professional audience; and
be able to edit a variety of short business documents.


COMM 2065 Cross-Cultural Communication

Prerequisite/Co-Requisite: COMM 2000 or COMM 2060
3-0-3
This course is designed to introduce students to issues involved
with communication across different cultures. Communication
is the focal point, so we will consider all aspects of
communication in this course - both verbal and nonverbal.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to identify her/his personal level of intercultural communication competence;
be able to analyze the nature and forms of cultural influences on human communication and the communication process;
be able to perform, critique and research intercultural communication topics and issues; and
be able to develop effective communication strategies and tactics for dealing with intercultural encounters.

COMM 2150 Ethics and Communication

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
3-0-3
This course will focus on analysis of relevant case studies in fields
of communication. Emphasis will be placed on critical reading,
writing and thinking. Comprehension of ethical issues in case
studies and other readings will be demonstrated through
completion of weekly writing assignments, formal and informal
written examinations, research reports, and active class
participation.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to demonstrate awareness of current ethics and communication case studies;
be able to identify ethical theories for contextualizing ethical dilemmas in written case studies;
be able to identify ethical dilemmas in particular case studies relevant to communication; and
be able to apply ethical theories to problematic ethical communication scenarios.


COMM 2170 Introduction to Media Studies
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
3-0-3
This course provides students with a foundation in the study of
mass media and emerging new media. It provides an introduction
to the important key concepts and critical methodologies that are
essential to an understanding of the historical, social and political
effects of media as both technological tool and cultural artifact.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to describe the historical progression of mass media technologies from printing press to contemporary new media;
be able to analyze how media, in from and content, influence and are influenced by society and politics;
be able to apply key concepts and key theories in media studies to contemporary and historical media phenomena; and
be able to discuss contemporary issues associated with emerging new media within a broad historical context.


COMM 2400 Public Speaking
2-0-2
A general course in public speaking designed for students with
limited experience. This course deals with all aspects of effective
planning, preparation, and presentation of different types of
speeches. It focuses on basic principles of speech rather than on
professional presentations.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to properly organize/outline a speech or presentation;
be able to support their positions and use a variety of support materials in their speeches;
be able to properly prepare and use visual aids regardless of the technology being used;
be able to prepare and present a speech that has an introduction, body, and conclusion that will hold interest, be easy to follow, and be factually accurate based on appropriate research; and
be able to adequately analyze an audience and use that analysis in a speeches.


COMM 2500 Advanced Public Speaking
Prerequisite: COMM 2400
3-0-3
The study of principles and methods of selected forms of public
speaking and oral presentation for various purposes and
audiences. Speaking coverage ranges from speeches for special
occasions, argumentation and debate, persuasive speaking,
extemporaneous speaking and oral interpretation of literature.


COMM 2510 Intercollegiate Forensics
Prerequisite: COMM 2400 or concurrently
1-0-1
Training, practice, and participation in individual college forensics
events. Repeatable up to a 4-credit maximum


COMM 3000 Oral Communication for International Students
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 and Departmental approval
3-0-3
Designed for international students enrolled in ETCMA degree
programs, this class addresses the specific needs of non-native
speakers in technical and professional communication to allow
them to develop the oral communication skills to become effective
communicators. Students will read, summarize, and analyze
various texts in various genres and make oral presentations. The
class promotes spoken language proficiency through small group
and individualized instruction in oral communication,
complemented by the development of critical reading, listening,
and writing skills.


COMM 3035 Organizational Communication
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
3-0-3
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental
approaches, concepts and theories associated with the study of
organizational communication. Students will identify career
paths associated organizational communication and investigate
the flow of communication through organizational structures.
Emphasis will be placed on content application, team work and the
study of real life organizations.

COMM 3040 Health Communication
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
3-0-3
This course will focus on the essential role communication plays
in health promotion and disease prevention. Strategies used to
influence both individuals and communities when making health
care decisions will be examined, and the students will become
familiar with the communication processes used in managing
individual and community health and health care programs.
Specifically, theoretical frameworks and communication
techniques will be examined that promote health. In addition,
students will gain an understanding of health communication
concepts, research,and practice. Topics discussed in this course
include health literacy, physician to patient communication,
effective public health messages and mass media campaigns,
social support, self-disclosure, health education, and risk and
emergency communication.


COMM 3050 Journalism
Prerequisite: TCOM 2010; either TCOM 2020 or 2030 or
concurrently
3-0-3
Study of technical and scientific reporting, including mass media
theory. Emphasis on making technical information understood by
a general audience. Students practice many in-house and
external forms of writing such as news releases, feature articles,
bulletins, brochures, and pamphlets. Cross-listed and ENGL 3050.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to distinguish news from non-news; and
be able to support write press releases, biographies, hard news, features, and other traditional and contemporary forms of news


COMM 3060 Media, Culture, and Society
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102
3-0-3
Students will explore the relationship between various media and
a range of social and cultural concerns, including (but not limited
to): gender roles, representations of race and ethnicity, sex and
sexuality, family relations, and violence. The course will explore
various theories of how media both shape and reflect society.


COMM 3065 International Communication
Prerequisites: TCOM 2010; either TCOM 2020 or 2030 or
concurrently
3-0-3
Study of international cultural differences, especially as they
influence oral and written communication in the workplace.
Cultures will be analyzed using established models. Special
topics will vary depending on faculty teaching the course.
Required for B.A. in International Technical Communication.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to examine and critique the history and current state of international communication in order to determine the evolution of the field;
be able to understand the connection between culture, communication and technology
be able to critique the role of power in the globalization of communication


COMM 3100 Rhetoric: History, Theory, and Practice
Prerequisite: TCOM 2010; either TCOM 2020 or 2030 or
concurrently
3-0-3
Introduction to rhetoric as the relationship between thought and
expression. Examines connections between rhetoric and writing,
between a public act and a personal thinking process, by exploring
classical and contemporary accounts of rhetorical history and
theory. Students apply theory to their own writing as they
explore the relationship between writers, readers, and subjects
and the range of options they have available to them as
communicators. Cross-listed as ENGL 3100.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to read and respond to various rhetorical texts (classical and contemporary);

be able to demonstrate rhetorical awareness through textual and visual analysis;

be able to analyze cultural ideologies; and
be able to participate in writing as a social act through activities such as peer review, online discussions, small group, and/or full class workshops.


COMM 3150 Public Relations Practice
Prerequisite: ENGL 2030 or TCOM 2030
3-0-3
History theory, and practice of public relations, introducing students to the requirements of a public relations career. Students will apply fundamental principles of rhetoric and journalism to writing assignments such as news releases, backgrounders, feature stories, an editorials.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to describe historical, current, and changing place of public relations in society

be able to develop public relations strategies grounded in persuasive theory and journalistic practice; and

be able to produce publication-ready copy for print, bradcast, and new/social media on long and short deadlines


COMM 3160 Media Theory and Practice
Prerequisite: ENGL 1102, TCOM 4030
3-0-3
This course will introduce students to major media theorists of the
20th and 21st century. Students will explore theories of print,
radio, film, television, and various digital media. Students will also
explore applications of theory to the production of media objects.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to demonstrate familiarity with major media theorists;
be able to explain the relationship between media form and media content;
be able to analyze contemporary media practice in the context of media theory; and
be able to apply media theory to the production of media objects

 
COMM 3250 Newspaper Practicum

Prerequisite: TCOM 2010; either TCOM 2020 or 2030 or
concurrently
3-0-3

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be able to effectively research, compose, and edit a wide variety of hard and soft news stories that provide coverage of campus life;
be able to apply the ethics and standards of print and new media journalism to a campus newspaper; and
be able to compile clips that can be reflected in a professional prtfolio


COMM 4100 Small Group Communication
Prerequisite: TCOM 2010; either TCOM 2020 or 2030 or
concurrently
3-0-3
Study of the theory and practice of group interaction and
teamwork as it applies to group process. Focuses on such topics
as the function of roles in groups, conflict resolution, leadership in
the small group, gender differences, listening and negotiation
skills, and managing meetings. A collaborative project and
workshop activities reinforce these principles.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

be aware of theories and terms related to small group communication;
participate as a team member on 2 group projects;
analyze small group communication through group observation;
be able to analyze groups and apply group communication theory to them; and
analyze interpersonal group dynamics


COMM 4600 Directed Study
Prerequisites: Twenty-one hours of courses in the major
variable credit 1-3 hours
A directed study for an undergraduate major who needs to
complete an undergraduate requirement in the major that is not
offered before the student's graduation date. The directed study is
also for an undergraduate major who wishes to pursue a special
area of communication not covered by the curriculum.