Department of Communication Studies

Course Listing

Communication Studies Core Courses

COMM COR 1010 (48J:002). Mass Communication and Society — 3 hrs.

Survey of basic mass communication processes, including history and structure of media and media-related industries and sales, audiences, effects, careers, and future directions. (Fall, Spring)

COMM COR 2020 (48C:080). Introduction to Research Methods — 3 hrs.

Introduction to the process of research and inquiry across the discipline of communication studies. Includes the three units qualitative, quantitative, and rhetorical (critical). Introduction to the normative expectations of the research process. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall, Spring)

COMM COR 3010/5010 (48J:124g). Communication Theories — 3 hrs.

(Cross listed as COMM COR 4124 (48C:124) (48C:124)) Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall, Spring)

COMM COR 4124 (48C:124). Communication Theories — 3 hrs.

Investigation of theories and concepts used to explain human communication. Prerequisite(s): COMM 1000 (48C:001) or two-course equivalent (COMM 2256 (48C:011), COMM 2255 (48C:071), or COMM 2257 (48C:074); and COMM 2344 (48C:004) or COMM 1205 (48C:031)). (Fall, Spring)

Communication Studies: Electronic Media Courses

COMM EM 1600. First Year Electronic Media Seminar — 1 hr.

An introduction to the Electronic Media curriculum, extra curricula, learning resources, and academic and professional expectations; exploration and identification of career goals. 1-hr. session per week. Required for graduation, a 1-hr. grade. Credit/no credit only. (Fall, Spring)

COMM EM 1611 (48E:021). Electronic Media Literacy — 3 hrs.

Development of ability to analyze electronic media in multiple platforms, examining uses, selections, and impact in order to foster a more dynamic relationship between citizens and media. Prerequisite(s): COMM COR 1010 (48J:002). (Fall, Spring)

COMM EM 1655 (48E:003). Introduction to Electronic Production — 3 hrs.

Introduction to audio and video production concepts and technologies. Emphasis on basic production techniques, production terminology, and communication with audiences. (Fall, Spring)

COMM EM 1659 (48E:071). Beginning Writing for Electronic Media — 3 hrs.

Techniques and script styles used for multiple platforms of electronic media programming and presentation. Prerequisite(s): COMM COR 1010 (48J:002). (Fall, Spring)

COMM EM 2655 (48E:013). Video Production: (Topic) — 1-6 hrs.

Advanced theory and practice of video production technologies for multiple platforms. Topics indicated in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours if different topic. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1655 (48E:003); COMM EM 1659 (48E:071). (Fall, Spring)

COMM EM 2656 (48E:011). Audio Production: (Topic) — 1-6 hrs.

Advanced theory and practice of audio technologies for multiple platforms. Topics indicated in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours if different topic. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1655 (48E:003); COMM EM 1659 (48E:071). (Fall, Spring)

COMM EM 2940 (48E:091). Applied Electronic Media — 1 hr.

Credit available for qualified students who work for KULT Radio, Cedar River Productions, UNI Cable, and/or on other authorized radio/TV/film/multimedia projects. May be repeated for maximum of 4 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

COMM EM 3179 (48E:179). Cooperative Education.

(Variable)

COMM EM 3651 (48E:136). Electronic Media Sales and Promotion — 3 hrs.

Sales, promotion, and fund raising techniques for multiple platforms of electronic media, including theories, operations, and practices. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1611 (48E:021); junior standing. (Variable)

COMM EM 3655 (48E:113). Video Practicum: (Topic) — 1-6 hrs.

Advanced video production for multiple platforms of electronic media, with students filling the roles of all production staff. Topics indicated in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours if different topic. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 2655 (48E:013). (Variable)

COMM EM 3656. Audio Practicum — 3 hrs.

Advanced theory and practice of audio production for multiple platforms of electronic media. Topics indicated in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours if different topic. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 2656 (48E:011); or consent of instructor. (Variable)

COMM EM 3657 (48E:112). Multimedia Production: (Topic) — 1-6 hrs.

Examination of principles of design and creation of interactive multimedia applications. Topics indicated in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours if different topic. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1655 (48E:003); junior standing or consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring)

COMM EM 3658 (48E:117). Electronic Media Projects — 1-6 hrs.

A major project for audio, video, or multimedia beyond the scope of existing courses. Students work under the supervision of faculty. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 2656 (48E:011), COMM EM 2655 (48E:013), or COMM EM 3657 (48E:112); junior standing; consent of instructor. (Variable)

COMM EM 3659. Media Industry Trends and Issues — 3 hrs.

Examines how economic variables, new technologies, regulatory policies, culture and changing media practices impact media industry operations. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor; junior standing. (Variable)

COMM EM 3660. Strategic Media Planning — 3 hrs.

Applies analytical tools to examine how specific strategies can be developed to address issues and challenges faced by media practitioners and organizations. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 3659; junior standing. (Variable)

COMM EM 3900/5900 (48E:197g). Internship in Electronic Media — 1-6 hrs.

Students complete academic assignments in conjunction with intensive work in a specialized area on-site at an organization. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; internship coordinator approval. See the internship coordinator for additional departmental requirements. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

COMM EM 3940 (48E:191). Applied Electronic Media — 1 hr.

Credit available for qualified students who work for KULT Radio, Cedar River Productions, UNI Cable and/or on other authorized radio/TV/film/multimedia projects. May be repeated for maximum of 4 hours. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

COMM EM 4600/5600 (48E:166g). Selected Topics in Electronic Media — 3 hrs.

Extensive work in specialized electronic media concepts, processes and approaches. May be repeated once on a different topic. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

COMM EM 4611/5611 (48E:139g). Electronic Media Industries: (Topic) — 3 hrs.

Focus on structures and operations in various types of electronic media industries. Topics indicated in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours if different topic. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1611 (48E:021); junior standing. (Variable)

COMM EM 4616/5616 (48E:141g). Electronic Media: Processes and Effects — 3 hrs.

Examination of processes, functions, and effects of electronic media. Special attention to impact of electronic media on the nature of political process, violence and aggressive behavior, and individual attitudes and behavior. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1611 (48E:021); junior standing. (Spring)

COMM EM 4633/5633 (48E:123g). Electronic Media Criticism: (Topic) — 1-6 hrs.

Advanced examination of electronic media products, focusing on history, theory, and aesthetic forms. Topics indicated in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for maximum of 6 hours if different topic. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1611 (48E:021); junior standing. (Variable)

COMM EM 4636/5636 (48E:132g). Electronic Media: Law and Policy — 3 hrs.

Examination of the rules, regulations, and policy that guide electronic media operations in the U.S. Attention is given to a wide range of topics including regulations, political broadcast rules, media ownership rules, copyright law, obscene and indecent content, and privacy. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1611 (48E:021); junior standing. (Spring)

COMM EM 4638. Electronic Media Programming and Distribution — 3 hrs.

Informational programming responsibilities for multiple platforms of electronic media, including development of a philosophy concerning effective programming and distribution strategies. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1611 (48E:021); junior standing. (Variable)

COMM EM 4644 (48E:195). Senior Seminar in Electronic Media — 3 hrs.

Exploration of decision-making models that can be applied to ethical dilemmas in the electronic media field; and instruction on how to package themselves professionally (cover letter, resume, portfolio). Prerequisite(s): senior standing. (Fall, Spring)

COMM EM 4646/5646 (48E:121g). Electronic Media and Culture — 3 hrs.

Examination of electronic media and its relationship to culture. Use of multiple theoretical approaches to define culture and analyze media products as cultural forms. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1611 (48E:021); junior standing. (Fall)

COMM EM 4647/5647 (48E:161g). Communication Technologies — 3 hrs.

Examination of past, current, and emerging technologies used for multiple platforms of electronic communication, and the impact on their users, including theories and practices. Prerequisite(s): COMM COR 1010 (48J:002); junior standing. (Fall, Spring)

COMM EM 4655/5655 (48E:131g). Electronic Media: Audience Analysis — 3 hrs.

Examination of characteristics and behaviors of electronic media audiences. Special attention to audience research methodologies and impact of new communication technologies on audience behavior. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1611 (48E:021); junior standing. (Fall)

COMM EM 4656/5656 (48E:134g). Electronic Media Management — 3 hrs.

Examination of management levels, functions, and roles in electronic media organizations. Attention is given to management models, financial management, programming, sales, promotions, personnel, and market entry. Prerequisite(s): COMM EM 1611 (48E:021); junior standing. (Fall)