Communication (COMM)

COMM 110. Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
The course is designed to lay a foundation in skills for informal and formal speaking situations. There is an emphasis on content, organization, audience adaptation, critical evaluation of messages, language, and delivery.

COMM 112. Understanding Media and Social Change

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course explores mass media, including its purpose, function and impact on society. In turn, the course explores the impact of society on the media.

COMM 120. Introduction to Broadcasting

Credits: 3
Corequisite: COMM 283 or COMM 284 for students pursuing an AAS in Mass Communications.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Students in this course will be introduced to commercial and non-commercial broadcasting. Topics will include coverage of current events, ethics of media issues, and the development, format and delivery of broadcast news.

COMM 192. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

COMM 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

COMM 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

COMM 196. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

COMM 197. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

COMM 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

COMM 200. Introduction to Media Writing

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
This course introduces writing styles and forms required in journalism, broadcast, online media, public relations and advertising. Students gather, organize, and write news stories using Associated Press style and learn about the media process through the applied process of publication.

COMM 201. Interpretive and Opinion Writing

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Following the tenets of professional journalism organizations and using the work of contemporary columnists and editorial writers as a guide, students will learn the importance of opinion writing. Through discussion and analysis, students will develop their own opinion column as well as write in-depth interpretive stories and editorials. Their writing will be submitted to the editors of the student campus newspaper to be considered for publication.

COMM 211. Oral Interpretation

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
The techniques of expression as applied to oral reading are studied and practiced. Students are encouraged to use all types of literature to secure an understanding of the intellectual and emotional content of the literature and to communicate this meaning to the listener.

COMM 212. Interpersonal Communications

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course will acquaint students with fundamental concepts of communications between individuals. Course will give insights into the dynamics of interpersonal communication, aid in understanding how people present themselves to others, and how others perceive them in turn.

COMM 214. Persuasive Speaking

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course will examine principles of motivation, argumentation and techniques utilized in influencing human conduct. Student will prepare, deliver, and analyze various types of persuasive messages.

COMM 218. Public Relations Principles

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
An introduction to the theory and practice of public relations, emphasizing management functions, writing skills, communication processes, tools, and professional ethics.

COMM 222. Voice and Diction

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Studies and exercises designed to develop the career voice. For students going into fields where the quality of public vocal presentation is important.

COMM 233. Media Ethics

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course uses real-life and hypothetical cases in ethical decision-making situations in the media areas of general information (truth), advertising, loyalties, public relations, privacy, a democratic society, visuals, cyberspace and arts and entertainment.

COMM 240. Introduction to News Photography

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Basic principles of the digital photographic process are explored. Major areas covered are equipment selection and handling, light, composition, exposure, and accessories such as filters and proper flash techniques. Good picture taking methods are explained including image transfer, digital file types, and basic Photoshop tools.

COMM 242. Advanced News Photography

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: COMM 240 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course is further exploration of photography in all phases of news and general use. Equipment selection and handling, exposure, and accessories are further explained. Students will be required to shoot assignments for the student print and online publications.

COMM 244. Reporting and Feature Writing

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: COMM 200 or departmental approval.
Typically Offered: SPRING
In this course students discuss current practices, problems and ethics of news reporting. Students are introduced to the differences between hard news and soft news with continued practice in gathering, organizing and writing stories using Associated Press style as well as continued practice in the process of publication.

COMM 270. Basic Video Production

Credits: 3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: FALL
This course teaches the principles of video production. Students learn basic picture and sound generation, recording, editing and scripting and the fundamentals of lighting and equipment setup.

COMM 272. Advanced Video Production

Credits: 3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course is designed to help students learn to use video as an effective form of communication. Students will study and apply the technical and aesthetic principles of broadcast production. Emphasis will be on the theory and practice of studio productions. Students will explore electronic news gathering/interview techniques so they can effectively communicate audio/visual messages through the generally accepted production norms associated with media production. Students will learn to operate equipment in a television studio, work as a member of a production team and serve as a crewmember of the student video production MystiCast.

COMM 281. Reporting and Editing: Mystician

Credits: 1
Corequisite: Recommended but not required - ENGL 205 and/or ENGL 206.
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 4.00 credits.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Students in this laboratory course become staff members of the campus newspaper the Mystician. Options for involvement include editors, writers, photographers, graphic design artists and advertising personnel. Repeatable.

COMM 282. Yearbook Editing

Credits: 1-2
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 8.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Laboratory course for members of yearbook staff.

COMM 283. Video Lab: MystiCast

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 4.00 credits.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Students in this laboratory course become staff members of the student campus video production - MystiCast. Options for involvement include working on the technical and production aspects, as well as being an anchor or reporter. Repeatable.

COMM 284. Radio Lab: The MYX

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 4.00 credits.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Students in this laboratory course become staff members of the student campus radio production - The MYX. Options for involvement include working on the technical and production aspects, as well as being an announcer or having a weekly radio program.

COMM 285. Communication Arts Lab

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Students in this course will promote arts and humanities events and projects across campus by working with faculty, staff, and student organizations. Students will also work on tasks related to publishing Figments of Imagination, BSC's literary journal, which is produced during the spring semester in ENGL 213. It is recommended but not required, that students take ENGL 213 and COMM 285 together.

COMM 292. Experimental Course

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An experimental course is one that is being tested to determine its suitability for inclusion in the course catalog. Testing may continue for two semesters, after which the course should be discontinued or approved through the established college procedures, assigned a permanent course number and title, and included in the master catalog.

COMM 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

COMM 296. Study Tour

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Study Tour courses provide students with unique learning opportunities in locations, either foreign or domestic. These learning opportunities should be directly related to the academic field of study under which credits are to be awarded. Some students may not qualify for study tours if their travel abroad is restricted for legal reasons.

COMM 297. Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

COMM 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.