Course Schedule and Offerings Fall 2017

COM 110 Experiences in Communication - 3 credits
An introductory course designed to acquaint students with basic theories in verbal communication, nonverbal communication, and advertising. Students will develop their communication skills through group discussion, oral presentations, and an analysis of ads in print media. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
01 - F 9:05 a.m. - 11:55 p.m. - Prof. Christian Holland (W105)
02 - MW 9:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Prof. TBA (W018)

COM 114 Group Discussion - 3 credits
This course explores the cultural, psychological, and semantic aspects of group discussion. Areas of study include group dynamics, team building, and cooperative decision making. Participants will develop their skills in research, group work, and oral presentations. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
01 - S 9:05 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. - Dr. Jean Devlin (W127) 

COM 117 Experience in Media Literacy - 3 credits
This course is an introduction to media analysis. Students will learn to 'read' media texts (films, television, websites) through the formal elements and language particular to media. Topics for film and television include camera, sound, mise-en-scene and genres. Website analysis focuses on the elements that make up web pages (video, still images, audio, text, graphics). Student assignments emphasize oral presentations. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. This is a Communications Speech General Education course.
02 - TR 1:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Dr. Brian Cogan (W127)

COM 120 Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature - 3 credits
Study of representative types of literature for children including the picture book, folk literature, modern tales and poetry. Practice in communicating this literature through storytelling and other forms of interpretation. A significant portion (at least 50%) is formal oral presentation work. Meets the Speech Communication General Education requirement for Childhood Education majors only.
01 - TR 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Sister Alice Brynes (W118)

COM 122 Creative Drama - 3 credits
Development of poise and self-confidence through participation in pantomime, improvisation and exercises to expand creativity in expression and movement.
01 - R 6:35 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. - Dr. Jean Devlin (W127)

COM 210 Public Speaking - 3 credits
Experience in the preparation, design, and delivery of oral presentations, including an understanding of audiences and settings. Attention will be given to techniques of informative and persuasive speeches. Emphasis on the development of professional presentation and speaking skills.
01 - MW 9:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Prof. Lynn Kennedy (W014)
02 - MW 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Prof. Lynn Kennedy (W014)
03 - MW 5 p.m. - 6:25 p.m. - Prof. Joanne Marlin (W212)

COM 211 Gender & Communication - 3 credits
Study of the complex ways in which communication, gender and culture interact. Exploration of the ways gender is socially constructed and how one's verbal, nonverbal, and mediated communication affirms or challenges prevailing gender standards. Students will participate in research and oral presentations on gender-related topics.
02 - MW 1:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Dr. Janice Kelly (W105)
03 - T - Prof. Brendan Caputo (Online)

COM 224 Conflict and Communication - 3 credits
This course examines conflict in everyday life with a particular focus on the role that communication plays in the development and management of conflict situations. The course will cover the primary literature on conflict and communication: definitions and concepts, negotiation, power, causes and development of conflict in interpersonal, organizational and intercultural settings, with some attention to conflict management strategies. However, the course will primarily focus on the application of theory to conflict in the everyday life of people.
01 -
 Dr. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 229 Experience in Corporate Communication - 3 credits
This introductory course examines important corporate communication areas, such as internal and external forms of communication and considers the ways in which mass media and new technology have influenced how we communicate. In addition, particular emphasis is focused on the development of writing, speaking, interpersonal, team and leadership skills.
01 - Prof. Janet Douglas-Pryce (Online)
03 - MW 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Prof. Swazette Whitten (W117)

COM 230 Scriptwriting for Media - 3 credits
A course that introduces the process of writing basic scripts for television and the web, including public service announcements, webisodes and TV fiction. The course covers script format, structure, characters, action and dialog.
01 - MW 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Prof. Kimberly Poppiti (K204)

COM 231 Online Branding - 3 credits
An introduction to branding that will showcase a student's skills, expertise and accomplishments through the web. Students will begin creating their "individual brand" by writing a cover letter and resume, developing strategies for their social media sites and organizing content for potential employers. Students work together and independently to promote their "brand" over particular channels.
01 - TR 1:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Prof. Tom Kenny (W004)

COM 235 Film Drama Criticism - 3 credits
01 - R 6:35 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. - Prof. Richard Conway (W205)

COM 239 Public Speaking for Business - 1 credit
This course will develop students' public speaking and presentation skills for business. The course emphasizes elements of a good speech, key message development and effective communication in crisis situations.
01 - 9/6 - 10/24 - T 7:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Prof. Lauren Capo (W205)
02 - 10/27 - 12/19 - F 12:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. - Prof. Beryl Williams (W105)
03 - 11/6 - 12/19 - M 6:35 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. - Prof. Joanne Marlin (W018)
04 -  9/6 - 10/30 - M 6:35 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. - Prof. Joanne Marlin (W117)

COM 252 TV Studio Production - 3 credits
A course in basic television production techniques in the studio and the control room. Hands-on study of high-definition TV multi-camera production, studio audio and lighting techniques, digital editing and graphics. Practice in directing and performance.  
01 - TR 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. Prof. Tom Kenny (W017)

COM 254 Public Relations - 3 credits
Comprehensive study of public relations including identifying and researching internal and external publics, dealing with print and electronic media and direct mail. The course emphasizes the basic skills of the public relations field and analyzes aspects of public opinion. Students design a public relations campaign for an existing company.
01 -
TR 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Prof. Jacquelin Hansen (K204)
02 - MW 1:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Prof. Joanne Marlin (W019)

COM 256 Field Production - 3 credits
Location shooting using portable field equipment. Students will become familiar with digital single-camera techniques, location audio, producing and directing, as well as digital editing processes. Assignments include the completion of several short video projects.
01 -  T 6:35 p.m. - 9:25 p.m. - Prof. Tom Kenny (W017) 

COM 259 Introduction to Advertising - 3 credits
An exploration of advertising design in a free-market economy and its effects on society. Students consider the history of advertising, as well as current practices and techniques, from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students are introduced to the organization of advertising professions and processes from the perspective of consumers, market research, media planning, concept of campaign creation, measuring advertising effectiveness and budgeting.
01 - TR 1:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Prof. Jacquelin Hansen (W205)

COM 262 Social Media - 3 credits
The course covers the emerging trend of social media. Students will learn about different forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.) how they are used, the social and ethical issues they raise and the ways they are altering our culture.
01 - Prof. Tom Kenny (Online)

COM 315 - Organizational Communication - 3 credits
Analysis of how organizations are produced and affected by communication. An in-depth examination and application of theories, contemporary perspectives and research in the fields of organizational communication. Topics include organizational structures and cultures, socialization, decision making, diversity, stress, burnout, technology processes and leadership. Designed for students interested in business, human services, education administration and other professional settings.  
01 - TR 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Dr. Janice Kelly (W118)
02 - Dr. Janice Kelly (Online)

COM 354 - Foundations of Media Theory - 3 credits
An introduction to the major theories influencing contemporary media studies. Media and new media will be explored as multifaceted entities that include texts, industries and audiences.
01 -
MW 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Dr. Deidre Pribram (W018A)
02 - MW 12:15 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. - Dr. Deidre Pribram (W127)

COM 360 - Understanding TV - 3 credits
An analysis of the origin, development, and cultural meanings of television in the life of Americans from its inception to the present day. Emphasis on how people make meaning of their lives through television and how the narratives of television help to shape society.  
01 - TR 10:40 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. - Dr. Brian Cogan (W127)

COM 361 - Media Management - 3 credits
This course is designed to introduce the students to standards, practices and principles of business and management in the context of broadcast television. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and research current media issues. These issues will include all areas of the broadcast television business with an emphasis on television syndication, programming and research, and specifically how these areas are evolving with technology.
01 -
 Prof. Karen Beck (Online)

COM 468 - Communications Internship I - 3 credits
An opportunity for semester or summer involvement in selected professional and/or business organizations, including television networks, public relations departments and other appropriate concerns. Students will be supervised by department personnel and by cooperating personnel in the organization to which they are attached during the internship. Junior status and Chairperson permission needed. Students are required to complete 120 hours at their internship site along with four or more scheduled meetings with their faculty member.
01 - Dr. Janice Kelly
02 - Dr. Janice Kelly

COM 469 - Communications Internship II - 3 credits
An opportunity for semester or summer involvement in selected professional and/or business organizations, including television networks, public relations departments and other appropriate concerns. Students will be supervised by department personnel and by cooperating personnel in the organization to which they are attached during the internship. Junior status and Chairperson permission needed. Students are required to complete 120 hours at their internship site along with four or more scheduled meetings with their faculty member.
01 - Dr. Janice Kelly 

COM 488 - Communications Seminar I - 3 credits
Writing-Intensive Course This course will introduce seniors in the communications (media, professional and new media) and childhood education (communications) majors to research methodology in qualitative analysis. Students will conduct scholarly research and write a literature review in the topic area they have chosen. The thesis paper will be completed in COM 490 Communications Seminar II.
01 - MW 5:00 p.m. - 6:25 p.m. - Dr. Deidre Pribram (W104)
02 - TR 5:00 p.m. - 6:25 p.m. - Dr. Brian Cogan (W104)
03 - MW 3:25 p.m. - 4:50 p.m. - Dr. Deidre Pribram (W105)