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COMM 1110: Public Speaking 
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Burnside Spring 05
Daniel Spring 05
Gauthier Spring 05
Mayberry Spring 05
McDowell Spring 05

Stone Spring 05
A study of the principles of public speaking with emphasis on the basic skills of oral communication

COMM 1154:  Introduction to Mass Communications 
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Gant Spring 05
A study of the historical, social, economic, and aesthetic dimensions of newspapers, magazines, recordings, radio, television, film, public, relations, advertising, and the Internet. Emphasis on the functions of the various media in terms of information dissemination, artistic expression, and impact on society, including the global community.

COMM 2254: Media Ethics 
Prerequisite: COMM 1154 
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Reid
Spring 05
Examination of ethical decision making models and their application to media issues, particularly freedom of speech, explicit content, invasion of privacy, and the public's right to know.

COMM 3310:  Argumentation 
Click below for faculty syllabi: Not offered Spring 05
Daniel Spring 04
Advanced theory and inquiry into structure, evidence, forms, and analysis of argument.  Special focus on oral presentation of argument and language development for argumentative discourse.

COMM 3330:  Advanced Communication Skills
Prerequisite: COMM 1110
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Gauthier Spring 05
Analysis and application of public and interpersonal communication skills. Skills include effective speaking, listening, group problem solving, negotiation and conflict management.

COMM 3301:  Writing and Reporting for Newspapers I
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Vinson Spring 05
Basic procedures and techniques for writing and reporting for newspapers. Emphasis on news style and judgment as well as ethical and legal issues.

COMM 3302:  Writing and Reporting for Newspapers II
Prerequisite: COMM 3301 
Click below for faculty syllabi: Not offered Spring 05
Advanced procedures and techniques for writing and reporting for newspapers, including public affairs reporting. Advanced instruction in news style and judgment and ethical and legal issues.

COMM 3303:  Editing and Makeup for Print Publications 
Prerequisite: COMM 3301 
Click below for faculty syllabi: Not offered Spring 05
Vinson
Fall 04
Basic editing and makeup procedures for newspapers and other print publications.  Includes copy editing, headline writing, page makeup, and basic graphic principles.

COMM 3313:  Public Relations 
Prerequisite: COMM 3301 or Permission of Instructor. 
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Reid
Spring 05
Cross listed as MGNT 3613.  A survey of the role, responsibilities and potential of modern public relations. Includes development of basic skills and techniques needed for effective public relations programs.

COMM 3350   Telecommunication & Electronic Media Industries 
Prerequisite: COMM 1154
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Not offered Spring 05
Yates Fall 04
A continuation of COMM 1154, examining contemporary industry and social issues
facing telecommunication and electronic media. Particular attention is given to analysisof structure and process, revenue sources, programming and services, audienceresearch, and effects.

COMM 3351:  Radio Program Production  
Prerequisite:  COMM 1154
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Novak Spring 05
Instruction in the operation of radio technology, and introduction to the production of
radio programs. Opportunity for practical experience with college radio station.

COMM 3352:  Television Production I 
Prerequisite: COMM 1154 
Click below for faculty syllabi: Not offered Spring 05
Yates
Fall 04
Instruction in the operation of television studio technology, and introduction to the production of video and audio messages. Opportunity for practical experience with college television programming.

COMM 3353:  Television Production II 
Prerequisite: COMM 3352
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Yates Spring 05
Advanced techniques in producing and directing video and audio messages and
programs. Attention given to structure, process, and technical, aesthetic, and ethical issues. Field work required.

COMM 3356:  Film & Culture   
Prerequisite: COMM 1154
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Goff Spring 05
A study of the evolution and significance of the motion picture as a specialized form of artistic experience and as a form of mass communication.

COMM 3357:  Diversity and Mass Media 
Prerequisite: COMM 1154
Click below for faculty syllabi: Not offered Spring 05
Gant Fall 04
Survey of research concerned with the relationship between mass media and selected populace(s) who have been given peripheral attention in mass media textbooks, i.e., minorities, women, lower socioeconomic class, and those who are aging or have physical disabilities. Particular attention given to analysis of presentation, effects, audience, and employment research.

COMM 4401:  Opinion and Persuasive Writing
Prerequisite: COMM 3301
Click below for faculty syllabi: Not offered Spring 05
Analysis of various forms of opinion and persuasive writing for print news media, and application of techniques for writing editorials, personal columns, and other materials.

COMM 4402:  Feature Writing
Prerequisite: COMM 3301
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Vinson Spring 05
Application and analysis of techniques for writing magazine and newspaper features and commentaries.

COMM 4403:  Photojournalism 
Prerequisite: COMM 3301 
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Novak Spring 05
Study and practice in the production of photographs for print media. Includes camera use, developing of film, printing photographs, and cropping.

COMM 4413:  Public Relations Cases 
Prerequisite: COMM 3313
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Vinson
Spring 05
Analysis of public relations cases and situations. Includes application of principles, processes, and theories of public relations to case management.

COMM 4421: Practicum
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Goff Radio Spring 05
Yates TV Spring 05
Vinson Newspaper
Spring 05
Prerequisite: COMM Major, Permission of Instructor, Junior or Senior 

Practical experience with university newspaper, radio, and television. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours.

COMM 4450:  Broadcast Newswriting and Reporting 
Prerequisite: COMM 3301, 3352
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Gant Spring 05
Instruction and practice in gathering, writing, and reporting television and radio news on deadline. Attention given to news style and judgment as well as aesthetic, ethical, and legal issues. Video editing competency required.

COMM 4451:  Copy Writing for TEM
Prerequisite: COMM 1154 
Click below for faculty syllabi: Not offered Spring 05
Vinson
Fall 04
A study and application of principles and techniques for writing commercial copy for telecommunication and electronic media.

COMM 4452:  Advanced Television Production
Prerequisite: COMM 3352
Click below for faculty syllabi: Not offered Spring 05
Yates Fall 04
Direct involvement with the planning, producing, directing and post production of television programs under the supervision of the instructor. Emphasis on the advanced creative, organizational, and managerial aspects of television production.

COMM 4453:  Announcing 
Prerequisite: COMM 1110 or COMM 2263
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Goff Spring 05
Study of voice, diction, and microphone techniques for radio and television
performance.

COMM 4454:  Media Law 
Prerequisite: COMM 1154, 2254
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Yates Spring 2005
Examination of the legal context regulating print, telecommunication and   electronic media as well as advertising and public relations industries. Emphasis on libel, slander, privacy, copyright, free press fair trial and obscenity law.

COMM 4481: Independent Study
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, minimum 3.0 GPA, and junior or senior standing  Repeatable to a maximum of 3 credit hours.
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Novak
Spring 04 (Advanced Radio)
In-depth , individual study of media related issues not covered in the curriculum.

COMM 4484:  Mass Media Research 
Prerequisite: COMM 1154, 3350 
Click below for faculty syllabi: Not offered Spring 05
Goff Fall 04
Novak Spring 2004
A survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis and reporting procedures, and a critical analysis of research applications, including print, telecommunication and electronic media, advertising, and public relations research.

COMM 4485:  Special Topics 
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Gant Spring 05
Reid Spring 05
Course(s) offered on a one-time or experimental basis to examine selected, contemporary mass media issues.

COMM 4486:  Internship 
Prereq: COMM Major, Permission of Advisor, Minimum 2.5 GPA, and junior or senior standing
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Yates Spring 05
Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours. A minimum of 3 credit hours may count toward major requirements. A hands-on supervised, media field experience.