Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public Speaking. Not open to seniors. No credit granted to those who have completed 102. (Excl).

This course emphasizes communication as a means of bringing about social change. It is especially designed for underclass students, and is recommended for students who will be pursuing degrees or careers in teaching, law, business, administration, or politics, and others who are concerned with communicating effectively with the general public. Each week three hours are devoted to small section meetings which focus on communication principles and application of these principles to problem-solving in public speaking settings. Course topics include audience analysis, source credibility, stage-fright, techniques of persuasion, and ethics. The ultimate purpose of the course is to encourage more effective communication by providing students with instruction and experiences which help them to be at ease before audiences and which encourage them to develop and present messages which have maximum audience impact. (Smith)

290. News Writing. Comm. 250 and sophomore standing. (Excl).

This course teaches the fundamentals of newspaper reporting and writing for general audiences. Areas to be covered include: defining news, copy editing, AP style, leads, story organization, reporting basic news stories, covering speeches/meetings/press conferences, interviewing techniques and descriptive writing. An ability to type is essential. In addition to assigned texts, students will be expected to read daily newspapers. Weekly discussion sessions and on-deadline writing labs will be led by supervised teaching assistants. Periodic quizzes on course material and current events will be given. There is no midterm nor final exam. Students are evaluated on class participation and writing performance of both in-class exercises and take-home projects. Communication 290 is part of the departmental undergraduate writing sequence and is a mandatory prerequisite for the ECB-credit Communication 302.

302. Writing for Mass Media. Permission of instructor. (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with permission of concentration advisor.

Students do advanced reporting and writing for magazines and newspapers. Emphasis is on style, story development and research. Appropriate markets and audiences are studied. Weekly assignments plus longer articles of publishable quality are required.

425. Introduction to Radio and Television Directing. Comm. 421. (N.Excl).

This course is designed to give students experience in studio production and directing of radio and television programs. Students will learn the fundamentals of live-on-tape production and receive practical experience in planning, writing, producing, directing and performing in radio and television programs. Evaluation will be based primarily on production exercises. Instruction will consist of lectures, laboratory exercises and in-class critique of student work. Students must be present at first lecture and lab session to maintain enrollment.

427. Preparation of Radio and TV Continuity. Junior standing. (Excl).

This course is designed to give students experience in writing various types of radio and television continuity. The writing assignments include: radio and television commercials, public service announcements, broadcast editorials, feature talks, continuity for radio or television shows which feature music, comedy scripts and planning of hour-long documentaries for which seven to ten minutes of narrative connective material is written. Emphasis is on use of language and visuals to influence viewer perception, as well as adapting writing to script formats and precise lengths of time as required by the profession. Instruction is through lecture, written comments on scripts, individual conferences, critical in-class analysis by peers, and evaluation and analysis of professional scripting through the use of video and audio tapes. Students are expected to attend the class regularly and to participate in class discussion. You must be present at the first class meeting to maintain your enrollment.


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