Courses in Communication (Division 352)

100. Public Speaking. Not open to seniors. No credit granted to those who have completed 102. (3). (Excl).

This course 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. Course topics include audience and speech 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 encourages them to develop and present messages which have maximum audience impact. [Cost:1] [WL:1]

290. News Writing. Comm. 250 and sophomore standing. (3). (Excl).

Covers the fundamentals of newspaper reporting and writing, including defining news, location stories, documentation, interviewing, clarity in writing, news coverage strategies and copy editing. Must be able to type. Weekly assignments. Instruction involves lecture, discussion, writing. Evaluation by exams and papers. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Hall)

425. Introduction to Radio and Television Directing. Comm. 421. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed to give students continued experience in planning, writing, producing, directing and performing in radio and television productions, and to provide further insight into the concepts and issues of electronic media production. Productions will be both in-studio and on-location. Evaluation will be based primarily on production exercises, short papers and exams. Instruction will consist of lectures, laboratory exercises, guest speakers, and in-class analysis and critique of student and professional-broadcast programming. Students must have completed Communication 421, and MUST be present at the first lecture and lab session to maintain enrollment. All television labs are held at the Stasheff Studio; students should allow for travel time. [Cost:2] [WL:1]

428. Writing Drama for Radio and Television. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed to introduce students to dramatic scriptwriting for film and television. During the term, each student is required to complete a script for a full-length film or a made-for-TV movie OR a script for a one-hour dramatic episode for a television series and a 30-minute situation comedy. In addition, short exercises in character development, dialogue, plot design and creative visualization will be assigned. Class time will be divided between lecture, critical discussion of dramatic theatrical film and television programming, and in-class evaluation of student work. Attendance is thus important and required. [Cost:2] [WL:1]


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