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COMM: Communications Media

Department of Communications Media

College of Education and Educational Technology

COMM 503 Scriptwriting 3 cr.

Provides an introduction to scriptwriting for films and filmstrips. Various styles and techniques of writing will be analyzed, and each student is expected to experiment with the techniques presented. Emphasis on writing and in-class criticism of student script.

COMM 508/* Media Field Studies 3 cr.

A hands-on course designed to help students learn about the production process involving on-location production. The course will have three distinct phases. Students begin with research and pre-production tasks on campus, travel to an off-campus site to collect additional information and images, and use those images to complete a production. Students are responsible for travel expenses. Prerequisite: Permission from the instructor.

COMM 549 Basic Audio Recording 3 cr.

Theory and practices of recording sound and developing an understanding of language of sound recording and the ability to make sound recordings. Exposure to recording for various media, including radio, music, motion pictures, television, multi-image, and slide and tape production. Students will gain hands-on experience through labs and projects to be completed outside class.

COMM 571 Beginning Photography 3 cr.

Emphasis on using still picture camera and the darkroom for instructional purposes, the making of black-and-white negatives, 35mm slides, copy work, developing black-and-white, contact printing, and enlarging. Each student must have manual focusing and manual exposure setting capability. No previous photographic experience is necessary.

COMM 572 Photography II: Print 3 cr.

Helps students develop their camera and printmaking skills to the extent that they can employ those processes to communicate an intended message with their photographs. Students explore the characteristics and uses of a variety of films. They learn several skills, such as copy work, basic techniques of portrait lighting, and altering film development to suit high- or low-contrast subjects. Prerequisite: COMM 571 with a minimum grade of C.

COMM 581 Special Topics 3 cr.

Advanced topics, offered on an experimental basis, within the discipline of communications but not dealt with in other courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

COMM 590 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.

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COMM 591 Improving Professional Practice in Instructional Settings 1-3 cr.

Reviews current research in instructional practices, motivational techniques, and professional issues. The course may focus on any of these aspects of teaching, learning, or professional practice. In addition, the course may be presented with a kindergarten through grade twelve, elementary, middle school, secondary, or adult orientation. This course is offered only for continuous professional development and may not be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Appropriate teaching certificate or other professional credential or preparation.

COMM 600 Instructional Design and Development 3 cr.

Examines the systems approach for the design, development, and evaluation of instructional material (print, video, multimedia, etc.). Students learn about the history of instructional technology and its current applications. Each student produces a self-instructional prototype which requires the student to systematically and creatively apply the concepts and rules learned in the class.

COMM 601 Media Production 3 cr.

Students learn how to systematically plan, produce, use, and evaluate media. Each student produces different types of messages (motivational, informational, and instructional), using a variety of media.

BTED/COMM 609 Innovations in E-Learning 3 cr.

Students discover the latest developments in e-learning and reflect on how they are changing relationships between teachers and technology. The course invites questions as to what constitutes e-learning and why some technological innovations are adopted more readily than others. Hands-on experiences of new communication technologies and an understanding of their effects on teaching and learning practices are integrated throughout the course.

COMM 614 Instructional Computing Basics 3 cr.

Introduces students to the practical use of the computer as a tool for enhancing effectiveness and efficiency in teaching/learning and training and development. Learners explore the use of the computer in school and nonschool teaching or training and development settings, conduct critical evaluation of computer-based instructional/training materials, and develop strategies for integrating computing into the total teaching/training and development environment. Current research in the area of instructional computing and its practical implications for teaching and training and development are also discussed.

COMM 631 Interactive Multimedia 3 cr.

Provides an introduction to designing and producing computer-generated multimedia presentations and courseware for industry and education. Prerequisite: COMM 614 or permission of the instructor.

COMM 681 Special Topics 3 cr.

Intensive study of a specific area of communications beyond the scope of other courses. Offering depends upon instructor and student interest. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

COMM 698 Internship 2-6 cr.

Supervised professional work experience in communications media. Location, duties, length of internship, and hours are individually tailored to student career goals. Sites represent wide application of process and technology of communications in business, education, allied health, or other agencies.

COMM 699 Independent Study 1-3 cr.

The student may elect, with approval of advisor, to do several different independent study projects. University facilities and equipment are provided, but student must supply materials and pay for processing and production costs. Prerequisites: Successful completion of the basic course in the medium selected; the professor’s approval.

COMM 714/814 Crisis Communication 3 cr.

Explores the challenges of communication during crisis situations and emphasizes the practical and theoretical applications of communication strategies used by companies, organizations, and governmental bodies during headline-grabbing crises. The course focuses on the issues relevant to planning, developing, and executing of crisis communications plans. Students will explore communication and media relations techniques for communicating with stakeholders during a crisis. Cases discussed will examine crisis situations in business, political, educational, and non-profit settings. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801

COMM 800 Communication Research Statistics 3 cr.

Designed to prepare doctoral students to interpret and conduct quantitative data analysis in communications and instructional technologies. Students will learn to perform the statistical analysis common to the field of communications and understand the derivation, application and limitations of specific statistical tests. They will also analyze and critique the use of statistics in research published in the discipline. Topics addressed include data management, descriptive and inferential statistics, correlation and factor analysis.

COMM 801 Ideas That Shape Media 3 cr.

Provides a detailed analysis of prevailing theories of media, cultural influences, and communication. Students read milestone research, discuss the impact that culture and media have on each other, and analyze how technology, technique, and culture collide to create various forms of communication. The course also focuses on trends in Communications Media and Instructional Technology.

COMM 812 Media Ethics 3 cr.

Analyzes ethical problems, using established theories, research, and personal insights. Discussions focus on ethics within the communications media and instructional technology field. Students will complete research and case study activities that require them to provide possible solutions to ethical problems in the field.

COMM 815 Teaching Communications Media 3 cr.

Focuses on helping students to understand the unique challenges of teaching communications media courses in higher education and to improve their teaching via use of appropriate communication techniques and reflection upon teaching/learning styles, motivations, and instructional techniques. Introduces doctoral students to the academic discipline of communications media in higher education. Explores the goals of communications media education and challenges for administration of communications media programs. Students will also explore the relationship between teaching, scholarship, and service in communications media. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801

COMM 818 Media Criticism 3 cr.

This course examines the basic language and techniques of media criticism from both theoretical and application perspectives. Students will read and analyze current literature pertaining to broadcast media, film, and new media as well as develop a personal construct based on cultural patterns and media issues found in 21st century society. It will primarily focus upon media designed for post high school aged audiences. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801

COMM 822 Children and Media 3 cr.

This course analyzes the scope of media in relationship to children. The course examines the impact that media has on children in terms of behavior and culture. It also examines the influence children have in shaping the media. Discussions focus on multiple forms of children’s media including those within entertainment and education. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801

COMM 825 Quantitative Methods in Communication Research 3 cr.

Presents students with methods to conduct quantitative research in the communications theoretical and applied domains. Provides students with the necessary skills to plan for and interpret quantitative data. Students will learn the fundamentals of quantitative modeling and statistical analysis to develop and answer communication problems. Students become familiar with principles for formulating hypotheses, selecting experimental and quasi-experimental designs, and using statistical software and other resources to conduct and interpret quantitative findings. Prerequisite: COMM 800

COMM 828 Qualitative Methods in Communications Research 3 cr.

Students will examine the theoretical basis and history of qualitative methods within the field of communications media and instructional technology. They will become familiar with primary qualitative methods and then apply that knowledge to important studies within the field. They will also design and implement qualitative research strategies in research exercises. Prerequisite: COMM 800

COMM 830 Media Preproduction 3 cr.

Focuses on preproduction activities such as script treatments, storyboarding, scriptwriting, editing, and production management. Students analyze case studies and real-world situations to better understand the planning of media development. Students also develop a preproduction plan for a substantial media production in the areas of audio, video, film, photography, animation, games, simulation, and educational media.

COMM 832 Media Production 3 cr.

Provides students with skills in media production including audio, video, photography, typographic, two-dimensional design, online media and other areas of commercial and instructional media production. May be taken more than once. Students take two tree-credit sections of COMM 832 to complete the six credit production core requirement for the program. Prerequisite: COMM 830: Media Preproduction

COMM 846 Instructional Media Solutions 3 cr.

Analyzes the varied theoretical approaches to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of media solutions to human competency problems. Students discuss models of performance analysis and policies, strategies, and tactics for developing competence, including instructional design. Students are required to analyze existing instructional systems and present recommendations for improving those systems, based on models and strategies discussed in class.

COMM 853 Corporate Communications 3 cr.

This course provides students with the necessary skills to design, inform, and implement communications media strategies within the corporate environment. Students will learn the importance of communication and its impact on the affected publics. Through developing written, oral, and managerial communication, students will be able to execute multidirectional communication within a corporate setting. Students will explore corporate communication functions including internal communication, corporate promotions, and marketing communications. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801

COMM 857 Doctoral Seminar in Communications Culture and Technology 3 cr.

Provides an advanced forum in which to research, discuss, and document current and emerging topics, issues, and applications in communication technology. Offers students the opportunity to conceptualize and develop models and strategies for group problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on students’ applying this knowledge to in-class group problem solving. Students will work in a group(s) to formulate and implement a detailed plan for solving an organizational problem.

COMM 876 Online Media 3 cr.

Introduces students to the development and distribution of media via satellite, broadband, and other digital delivery systems. Students will discuss production, fiscal, ethical, and technological issues surrounding streaming, file sharing, wireless connectivity, and podcasting. In the majority of the course, students will develop a production with audio and video components for online distribution and give justification for the selected strategies.

COMM 881 Special Topics 3 cr.

Will allow the department to develop and formatively evaluate potential new courses, especially electives, within the program. Will also allow the department to develop and deliver courses that are reactive to events and circumstances within the field that may lead to a one- or two-time offering of a course.

COMM 882 Simulations and Games 3 cr.

Focuses on the design, development, and distribution of electronic games and simulations. Discussions will focus on ethics, controversies, and economics of the gaming industry. The role of instructional, promotional, and entertainment-based simulations will be discussed. Students will learn to use advanced multimedia production tools to create simulations and games for varied purposes, accompanied by a written explanation of selected strategies.

COMM 900 Culture of Cyberspace 3 cr.

In this theory-intensive course, students will be exposed to a wide variety of theoretical and empirical studies regarding the educational, corporate, social, and political aspects of social media. Privacy, copyright, blogging, network trends, video-knowledge sharing, and learning will be topics discussed in this class. Students will be required to analyze current media literature and build culture-based arguments in order to generate original research using cyberspace as a construct. Prerequisite or co-requisite: COMM 801.

COMM 910 Advanced Doctoral Research in Communications 3 cr.

Serves as an advanced experience to assure students are prepared to do professional research in communications. Students will design a complete communications research project suitable for professional presentation and publication. Their work will encompass research design, measurement techniques, statistical procedures, and philosophies of research. Quantitative and qualitative approaches will be considered. Also covered are practical points such as data collection and generation strategies, concept definitions, database structure, and report design. Prerequisite: A minimum of 39 COMM doctoral credits

COMM 995 Dissertation 1-12 cr.

Provides the student with an opportunity to complete and defend the dissertation. Constitutes the completion of the entire program of study. All coursework must be completed before the student can register for dissertation credits; therefore, all courses in the program are prerequisites. Additionally, the student must have successfully completed the proposal defense.

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