2016-2017 Catalog

COMM - COMMUNICATION

COMM 1000 INTRODUCTION TO MASS MEDIA

A survey of mass media: newspapers, magazines, books, radio, films and television. A study of their historical development and the impact they made on the American public, through content and technology. A study of the current issues, problems and trends in the mass media.

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COMM 1005 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

This course will provide an overview of knowledge and skills to use effectively in intercultural or international communication environments, and relationships. Topics addressed may include the history and culture of specific groups including racial, religious, and ethnic issues that affect communication patterns and outcomes.

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COMM 1010 INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH

This course is a practical performance course in public speaking. The course combines readings, lectures, discussion, and presentations to help the student become a more competent, confident and effective public speaker. The main topics covered include: researching and organizing a speech, audience analysis, using visual aids, effective delivery, handling stage fright, proposing arguments and making persuasive appeals.

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COMM 1030 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

This course combines reading, discussions, lectures and exercises to explore a wide variety of topics and skills in face-to-face interaction. The student will become aware of current research in the human communication field as well as become more effective communicators in their relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and intimates. Here is a sampling of topics and skills included in the course: nonverbal communication, male female communication problems, handling interpersonal conflict, improving listening and response skills, and enhancing communication in intimate relationships.

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COMM 1040 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN COMMUNICATION

From ancient Greece to the present day, scholars have studied human communication. This course considers a variety of theories that help us better understand intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and mass communication. Students interested in the study of communication - from the power of language, to the dynamics of close relationships, to the effects of the television on society -- will find this course to be interesting and worthwhile.

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COMM 1050 CONFLICT MANAGEMENT & MEDIATION

This course blends theory, research and practical skills to help us better understand and manager our conflicts. Additionally, this course offers guidance for those who sometimes find them- selves playing the role of mediator, a neutral third party who assists disputants create their own solutions. Conflict is a natural, inevitable, and potentially beneficial event in our personal and professional lives. Yet few of us take time to formally study and explore conflict. Managing conflict well requires skills, energy, wisdom and creativity.

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COMM 1070 EFFECTIVE LISTENING

Listening is the process of hearing, attending to, interpreting, remembering, and responding to spoken messages. This course will explore listening theories and research, the listening process, listening challenges, various listening contexts; and essential listening skills.

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COMM 1200 SIGNING EXACT ENGLISH I

This course is designed to familiarize students with the language of Signing Exact English. This language was developed to teach hearing impaired individuals the mechanics of the English language while allowing them to use signed communication. Classes will include signing practice, learning new words, quizzes, finger spelling practice and games. New vocabulary will be introduced each session for practice in the classroom and at home. Students who complete this course will be able to sign approximately 700-1000 words, the alphabet, numbers, time and money, using these in sentences and conversations.

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COMM 1215 SIGNING EXACT ENGLISH II

This course is designed to enhance the skills of those students who are familiar with beginning Signing. Students who complete this course should be able to sign approximately 1400-1800 words, hold a conversation with a hearing impaired individual, communicate in more complex sentences and interpret some written materials. Classes will include: lectures, videos, fingerspelling practice, learning new vocabulary, quizzes, practice activities and class presentations.

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Prerequisites

COMM 1200

COMM 1230 AMERICAN SIGN LANG I

American Sign Language is a true language that is used within the deaf community. This course will introduce students to basic expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language, including conversation strategies, body language, facial expressions, and fingerspelling. Students who complete this course should be able to produce 1500 words with signs learned in class, along with having an awareness of deaf culture.

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COMM 1240 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE II

American Sign Language is a true language that is used within the deaf community. This course will enable students to continue to develop expressive and receptive skills, along with conversational skills in ASL. Students will build their vocabulary, linguistic features, and continue to study deaf culture. Students who complete this course should be able to produce an additional 1500 words with signs learned in class along with having an awareness of deaf culture.

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Prerequisites

COMM 1230

COMM 1370 PUBLICATIONS PRODUCTION I

This course provides practical experience for students interested in producing student publications such as a student newspaper or newsletter, a magazine or a web page. Areas for participation include writing, editing, photography, design and layout depending upon the medium. The goals are 1) to provide the student with hands-on training and instruction in the various areas of production; and 2) to produce a student publication.

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COMM 1375 PUBLICATIONS PRODUCTION II

This course provides practical journlistic experience for students interested in producing the college newspaper. Areas for participation include newswriting, editing, photography, advertising sales and design, and layout. The goals are 1) to provide the student with hands on training and instruction in the various areas of production, and 2) to produce a quality college newspaper.

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COMM 2010 PUBLIC SPEAKING

This course provides an introduction to effective communications, with an emphasis on public speaking.  Students are afforded an opportunity to understand the different purposes of written, oral, and digital messages and are taught to employ appropriate organizational strategies, including developing main claims, thesis statements and main ideas.  Students learn the fundamental principles of developing and evaluating public oral, written, and digital messages and in-depth primary and secondary research is used to provide credible evidence to support main claims that take arguable but persuasive positions.  The course also provides a forum for producing and practicing oral presentations in various speech settings.

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COMM 2060 FORENSICS PRACTICUM

Develops basic skills in competitive and public speaking by refining the speaking and thinking competence of students. This course requires attendance at three competitive tournaments per semester in parliamentary debate and/or interpretive events. Students of this course must be a member of the WWCC Forensics Team. Course may be taken twice for credit.

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COMM 2080 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSICS RESEARCH

This course is designed to provide instruction and assessment in research, study, and competition in speech events. Focus in this course will be on the research and development of interpretive and original (oratory) speeches to be used in college competition.

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COMM 2085 INTRODUCTION TO PARLIMENTARY DEBATE

This course introduces students to the vocabulary, structure, and strategy of competitive parliamentary debate. The student will show development of basic skills in competitive debate and public speaking by refining their speaking and thinking competence through this debate style. This course requires attendance at three competitive tournaments per semester in parliamentary debate.

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COMM 2090 INTRODUCTION TO PERSUASION

Persuasion is communication intended to influence the beliefs, values and/or behaviors of other people. This course is designed to make the student aware of major theories and research in persuasion; to help the student become a more critical receiver of persuasive messages; and help the student become a more competent persuasive speaker. As a result of the course, the student should have an understanding of how persuasion happens interpersonally, in advertising, in political campaigns and in public speech.

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COMM 2100 REPORTING & NEWSWRITING I

A study of the fundamentals of writing the news story through practice in writing and analysis of the form. Second semester continues with a study of news gathering techniques and procedures and specialized journalism.

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COMM 2110 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION

This course surveys contemporary research findings in the study of human nonverbal behavior. Topics include: physical appearance, touch, distance, face and eye behavior, scent, time, gestures, and other nonverbal cues. The student will gain a deeper understanding of nonverbal's impact in our daily lives. Attention will be given to nonverbal's impact on relationships between superiors and subordinates, women and men, teachers and students, and members of different cultures.

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COMM 2135 GENDER, COMMUNICATION & CULTURE

The course explores the role of gender in communication processes. Students will examine the personal and social nature of gender, including how it shapes communication and how communication creates, reproduces, sustains, and sometimes challenges and changes the meaning of gender. Attention will be given to how gender impacts and is impacted by friendships, family relationships, education, media, and organizations.  Learning experiences include work with both verbal and nonverbal communications as they apply to perception, stereotyping, gender and socialization, processing information,differences in communication styles, in a variety of environments.

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COMM 2200 BROADCAST PRODUCTION

This course focuses on producing broadcast media with emphasis on actual experience with equipment and understanding of its operation. Students will learn how to create news for broadcasting by utilizing the on-campus radio station, campus monitors, and the webcasting system. Students will produce audio and/or video news stories for radio and television broadcast as well as Web distribution. Incorporated into this class is broadcasting Mustang Athletic events for live Internet feed. Course may be taken twice for credit.

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COMM 2270 PUBLIC RELATIONS

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of public relations- the profession, its processes, its publics, the kinds of organizations in which it is practiced, and the critical issues that confront it. It also addresses a variety of public relations theories, case studies, and tactics, including those involving print, broadcast, and electronic media. It is designed to increase competence and build confidence in students interested in the public relations field, and to build skills in writing, speaking, listening, research, critical thinking, and creative thinking. Lectures, videos, issue and case study debates and analyses, practice exercises and projects, readings and discussions are incorporated into the class.

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COMM 2300 GRAPHIC DESIGN I

This course introduces the fundamentals of graphic design to students interested in desktop publishing. Students learn to use type, layout and other design elements to produce effective ads, brochures, newsletters and other documents on personal computers. Adobe PageMaker is used to design visually appealing and communicative artwork for print.

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Prerequisites

Basic Computer Competency Windows or Mac environment

COMM 2330 GRAPHIC DESIGN II

This course builds on the fundamental design principles and practices introduced in Graphic Design I.  The purpose of this course is to develop confidence and competence in creating computer generated art based on sound design principles, strong original concepts, and polished execution. In completing five art projects, students are encouraged to take risks, to develop their own voices as designers, and to build on software, art technique, and presentation skills.

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Prerequisites

ART 2120 or COMM 2300, or Instructor Permission

COMM 2370 PUBLICATIONS PRODUCTION III

This course provides practical journalistic experience for students interested in producing the college newspaper. Areas for participation include newswriting, editing, photography, advertising sales and design, and layout. The goals are 1) to provide the student with hands on training and instruction in the various areas of production, and 2) to provide a quality college newspaper.

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COMM 2375 PUBLICATIONS PRODUCTION IV

This course provides practical journalistic experience for students interested in producing the college newspaper. Areas for participation include newswriting, editing, photography, advertising sales and design, and layout. The goals are 1) to provide the student with hands on training and instruction in the various areas of production, and 2) to produce a quality college newspaper.

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COMM 2485 COMMUNICATION SEMINAR:

This course will combine readings, lectures, discussions, films, and activities to explore a wide variety of topics and issues in the communication field, generally one theme per semester. Past topic offerings include listening, intercultural communication, and media literacy; future topics may vary from semester to semester.

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