COMM 322 - Faculty Directed Undergraduate Research Practicum
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Communication Studies (COMM)
Department: LSA Communication Studies
Credits:
1 - 3
Credit Exclusions:
Maximum of 3 credits from COMM 322 and/or COMM 441/442 may be used toward the Communication Studies concentration requirements.
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
A maximum of three credits from COMM 322, 441, or 442 may be counted toward the concentration requirements.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).

This research practicum offers an opportunity to apply academic knowledge in mass communication or mass media within the context of a research setting. It provides experience and education in research techniques by having students conduct research with a faculty member on the faculty research projects. In the process, students learn the skills needed to conduct research, various research techniques, and the overall experience of analyzing outcomes. This course is intended as an intermediate step in the research educational process prior to students’ own independently designed research in COMM 442 or honors research under COMM 491/492.

Course Requirements:

The student works with faculty on various aspects of communication and media research under close supervision of the instructor. The exact work required of the student varies from instructor to instructor (section to section) and is described in the synopsis for the section submitted by the faculty member that is on file in the Communication Studies Office. Typically, the student completes readings relevant to the research area; participates in regular research meetings; collects, codes, and/or analyzes data; and prepares written or oral reports about the research as directed by the instructor. The student is required to submit a final project, to be determined by the faculty member, representing the culmination of the research experience. Regular faculty will submit their synopses of the Directed Research Practicum to the department prior to the enrollment of any student.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students interested in Communication Studies research

Class Format:

Independent study. Credit is based on the number of hours spent on the project weekly: 1 credit=3 hours/week; 2 credits=6 hours/week; and 3 credits=9 hours/week in lab setting.

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