Chapter XI. Course Descriptions


Communication Arts (COMM)

COMM 630l Communication Theory
This class is an introduction to the theories of mass communication and should be taken in the first semester offered.  Pre-requisite: COMM 6308

COMM 6302 Media Ethics
This course focuses on media accountability, media problems and changing roles of the media. The relationship between the media and various societal groups, i.e., family, government, community, women, and minorities. will be examined. Pre-requisite: COMM 6308

COMM 6303 Principles of Writing for the Media
This course offers an examination and application of writing principles, approach, and practice for print and broadcast media. Survey of techniques and samples are included.

COMM 6304 Aesthetics of Visual Perception
The class explores the fundamentals of sensory perception of sight and sound as they relate to the arts of media communication.  Principles of motion, color, light, space, and sound are examined.  Coursework focuses on successful integration and application of these elements.

COMM 6308 Research and Writing Techniques
This course is writing-intensive, focusing on both informative and persuasive writing modes. It emphasizes essay composition and revision, the philosophy of scholarship, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.

COMM 6309/7309 Communication Research Methods
This class is an introduction to the techniques and principles of communication research. Prerequisite COMM 6301, COMM 6302, COMM 6308.

COMM 6311 Media Production
This class explores various topics examining principles and techniques of media production. Topics include video production, radio production, multimedia, producing and directing, audio production, digital imaging, graphic design and layout. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

COMM 6312 Applied Media Writing
This class offers various topics in theory and practice of writing for the media. To include topics such as script writing, writing for digital and electronic media, news writing, and literary journalism. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

COMM 6315 Seminar in Film Studies
This course offers various topics examining film and its role in society. To include topics such as film genres, film history, American cinematographers, images of women in film. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

COMM 6317/7317 Communications, Technology, and Culture
This class investigates new technologies and explores the ramification of the use of these technologies and their impact on current culture. It will help students to reflectively and critically explore the new forms of communication; their efforts on the media, business, education, and government industries; and the corresponding societal issues. The class will encourage students to reinterpret these issues within a scholarly framework by examining current new media research. Prerequisite COMM 6301.

COMM 6318/7318 Seminar in Mass Communication
A seminar class with varied topics that examines contemporary issues in mass communication. Topics include public opinion, media sociology, journalism, media law, media framing, and critical analysis of advertising, public relations and public address. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

COMM 6319 Seminar in International Communication
A seminar class with various topics examining international issues in communication.  Topics include international journalism, development communication, and world cinema. May also include study abroad.

COMM 6345 Practicum in Specialized Area of Study
This course provides experience and training in the communications field with a designated company or an accomplished professional. Practicum requires a minimum of set hours on-the-job experience per week and a comprehensive report evaluating the practicum experience at the end of the semester.  Pre-requisites: Eighteen hours of graduate credit and permission of graduate advisor.

COMM 6398 Directed Studies in Communication Arts
Opportunity for advanced graduate students to engage in specialized tutorial study with specific faculty. Prerequisite: permission of graduate advisor and specified faculty.

COMM 63CS1 Communication Capstone
A final mastery level class, which culminates with a choice of a project or written thesis that integrates various skills and theories of the Communication Arts degree into one final capstone product. .  Must have 27 hours of graduate work completed in Communication Arts. Prerequisite COMM 6301, COMM 6302, COMM 6308, and COMM 6309.

COMM 63TP Thesis Proposal
This class explores the techniques of writing for a major project.  A written thesis proposal will be completed at the end of the program.  Must have 27 hours of graduate work completed in Communication Arts.  Pre-requisites COMM 6301, COMM 6302 , COMM 6308, and COMM 6309.

COMM 63TR Thesis Research
Completion of thesis in final semester. Pre-requisite COMM 6395.

Instructional Technology (EDIT)

EDIT 6343/7343 Foundations of Instructional Technology
Introduction to the Instructional Technology profession. Course defines field, provides historical overview, and introduces research, practices, current trends and issues in the field. Summer (1st course)

EDIT 6344/7344 Instructional System Design
Introduction to the major components of instructional design with a focus on the functions of systems models in planning, developing, and evaluating instruction. Participants, working individually and in groups, apply instructional design practices to the production of instructional materials. (Pre-requisite EDIT 6343)

EDIT 6345 Multimedia Authoring
Application of instructional systems design, research findings and design criteria to the production of computer-based and computer-generated instructional materials using various multimedia authoring tools. Skills in writing, graphic design, interface design, scripting, prototyping, editing and field-testing are introduced. (Prerequisite: EDIT 6344 Instructional Systems Design and EDIT 6346, well developed computer skills.  Students must purchase multimedia authoring software.)

EDIT 6346/7346 Information Technologies: Internet and the Web
Exploration of the educational implications of Internet and the World Wide Web. Application of instructional systems design, research findings and design criteria to the production of an educational web site using hypertext markup language. (Prerequisite: well-developed computer skills, not for computer novices. Students must purchase web editing software.)

EDIT 6347/7347 Distance Learning
Introduction to the types of technologies, delivery systems and methods used in teaching students at a distance. Overview of history and research in distance learning technologies, including radio, audiotape, computer-based instruction, television, teleconferencing and video conferencing. 

EDIT 6348/7348 Management of Learning Environments
An introduction to management concepts for individuals who supervise personnel, materials and technology in learning environments ranging from school media centers to computer centers. Participants plan a technological learning environment, including preparing a budget, selecting technology resources, developing a floor plan and preparing job descriptions. Prerequisite: 6 hours of Instructional Technology or permission of Program Advisor.
63CS Advanced Instructional Design Project
Application of instructional design theory and research to the development of an instructional project or product under supervision of faculty mentor. Participants may do in-house project or do a project for a company or  organization. Students will meet with the EDUC 63CS1 class during the semester in which they are enrolled in this class.  (Capstone course, - prerequisite 30 hours of graduate courses. Offered on-campus only in the Masters of Education program.)

EDIT 6399 Selected Topics in Instructional Technology: Topics may vary.