Communication Studies

 

Communications Course Descriptions

CAS

050(I)

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Credit hours to be arranged

See Independent Study Program, Section II.

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259,359,459

FACULTY-STUDENT COLLABORATION

Credit hours to be arranged

See FSC Program, Section II.

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102

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

An introduction to one-on-one communication which emphasizes the initiating, maintenance, and dissolution of relationships. The concepts of people perception beginning with the "self" are studied in terms of verbal and nonverbal cues, gender, and multicultural variables. Listening, conflict management, and self-presentation are included.

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105

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

Three credit hours

An introduction to disorders in the areas of speech, language and hearing. Includes an overview of normal speech, language and hearing development and explanations of causes, characteristics, remediation and prognosis of a wide variety of communication disorders.

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107F

FILM AND CULTURE

Three credit hours

An analysis of the motion picture as an art form and a medium of cultural communication. A variety of examples showing significant artistic and contextual development will be viewed and discussed in order to establish criteria for evaluating and setting of standards for film and other narrative media.

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108IF

INTERNATIONAL CINEMA AND AESTHETICS

Three credit hours

An analysis of the motion picture as an art form and a medium of cultural communication. A variety of international examples showing specific cultural trends are examined.

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112

PRESENTATIONAL SPEAKING

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: Can be taken concurrently with CAS 126

A practical general course introducing the elements of presentational speaking. Emphasis on ethics in presentational speaking, controlling nervousness, the importance of listening, audience analysis, speech purposes, selecting and researching topics, speech organization, language for oral style, delivery techniques including nonverbal communication skills, and use of basic support visuals. Student assignments will move from simple to relatively complex presentations.

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120

STRATEGIES IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

Three credit hours

This course shall focus on public relations from a value driven perspective. Students will learn the fundamentals of public relations. A focus will be given to how public relation strategies can be employed to support philanthropies and other forms of community involvement. The difference between ethical and unethical public relations is detailed.

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121

AUDIO FOR MEDIA

Two credit hours

The study of audio production principles and practices for a variety of venues. Complex and multileveled production board operations will be combined with computer applications. The course focuses on directing, producing, editing, and critical evaluation of programming elements and styles.

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125

EVENT PLANNING

Three credit hours

All elements of event planning are covered in this course, such as the strategic plan, communication channels, coordination of participants, media coverage, and assessment of the event.  Through experiential exercises students will plan and implement an event as part of the course.

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126

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

Required of all broadcasting, communication studies, and public relations majors.

This course serves as an introduction to various forms of communication as well as the fields of study within the broad discipline of communication. Subjects covered in the course include theories, practices, and the history and development of the discipline and its various fields.

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134

SIGN LANGUAGE

Three credit hours

An introduction to the acquisition and development of fundamental expressive and receptive skills in manual communication. Special emphasis is placed on basic positions, movements and rhythmic aspects of encoding and decoding the language of signs and the American Manual alphabet. A cultural perspective of deafness will be stressed.

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161

RADIO PRODUCTION AND AIR STUDIO MANAGEMENT

Two credit hours

This experiential learning opportunity includes broadcast training at WBW. At the successful completion of the class, students may earn their FCC Radio Operators License for an additional fee.

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171

FUNDAMENTALS OF TELEVISION PRODUCTION

Three credit hours

This course is designed to give students an overview of all major aspects of television broadcasting. Emphasis is placed on laboratory elements of three-camera and single-camera field production including ENG, lighting, audio and editing.

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203

FAMILY COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

This course examines the following family interaction pattern: parent/child communication, sibling dynamics, marital communication, and interaction dynamics with extended family members. Cultural, ideological, and economical factors influencing families are also examined.

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207

GROUP COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 126 or CAS 112

A practical course with emphasis on discussion techniques and leadership actions in the group setting. How to lead, facilitate, and participate in group meetings. Emphasis on choosing and using meeting procedures for achieving group goals, group decision making and problem solving, managing conflicts in meetings, special techniques in meetings, and the development of strategies for productive meetings.

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212

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 112

A course designed to develop skill in the preparation and delivery of professional public speeches. Critical analyses, video sessions and conferences will be used to develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Emphasis will be placed on emerging technology used in public presentations.

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220

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105, or consent of the instructor

Speech and language acquisition theory and stages from birth through adolescence. A variety of methods for analyzing syntax, semantics, pragmatics, morphology and phonology across the stages of development are discussed. Contributions of biological, social, cognitive and environmental factors on the process of language development are discussed. Information on language variation in multicultural populations is presented.

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222F

FILM HISTORY

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 107F or CAS 108IF or instructor approval.

A study of the history of cinema from its beginnings to the present day. Topics will include the business, politics, and development of film as an art form. Representative films will be shown in class.

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225

PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105, or consent of the instructor

A theoretical and applied study of the production of speech sounds based on the International Phonetic Alphabet. Standard American dialect is emphasized through practice in broad and narrow phonetic transcription techniques on both normal and disordered speech samples. Phonological theories are examined and applied to normal and disordered speech samples.

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226

WRITING FOR THE MEDIA

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 126 or instructor's approval.

A study of the principles of writing for broadcasting and other electronic media.  Focus is placed upon creating scripts with visual and aural appeal, conveying messages in clear, economical, conversational style to effectively communicate to mass audiences.

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230

PRACTICUM IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

One to three credit hours

Students will work on actual public relations campaigns that benefit the community. Each campaign must be approved and supervised by an instructor. This course can be repeated.

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235

CLINICAL MANAGEMENT AND STANDARDS

Two credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105 and CAS 220

An introduction to careers in speech-language pathology and audiology. Focusing on the basic skills needed for the management of a clinical caseload (i.e., writing long and short term goals, writing lesson plans, choose appropriate therapy materials, behavior management techniques, charting progress, writing progress reports, etc.). A brief review of diagnostic procedures is discussed. In addition, the student will have an understanding of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association Code of Ethics, and the HIPAA requirements. Finally, students will be required to have completed their 25 observational hours by the end of this class.

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261

DJ FORMAT SHIFT

Two credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 161, FCC License and registration with instructor's approval.

This experiential learning opportunity includes one semester as a staff disc jockey at WBW. Course may be repeated.

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263

SEMINAR

Two to four credit hours

Prerequisite: Varies dependent upon the course being offered

The study of current topics of concern within the broadcasting and mass communication, communication studies, communication disorders, film studies, or public relations areas. May be repeated more than once, provided the subject or topic is different.

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271

PARTICIPATION IN BW-TV

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 171

This course offers students the opportunity to develop the techniques of television production for multi-camera studio and on-location environments. Students learn the skills necessary for pre-production, principal photography, and post-production, as well as the importance of operating under studio deadlines. Course may be repeated.

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273F

FILM PRODUCTION AND DIRECTION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 107F or CAS 108IF

Film aesthetics and practices will utilize Digital Video Technologies. Topics will include image acquisition, image manipulation, image composition and non-linear editing.

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275

PROPAGANDA AND PERSUASION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 126

This course will explore the concepts of persuasion, propaganda and public opinion. Students will examine the applied techniques of advertisers, activists, and political campaigns to learn basic persuasive strategies.  By combining theoretical approaches with applied activities, students will learn valuable media literacy skills that will enable to better identify and analyze persuasive messages.

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277D

MEDIA AND DIVERSITY

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 126

This course will critically examine the role of the media in facilitating and challenging the social constructions of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in our culture. It will take an interdisciplinary approach and will consider the mass media to be one among many other social institutions such as family, education, and religion, which strongly influence our conceptions of race, class, gender and sexual orientation. The course will address a variety of entertainment and news content in chemical, print and electronic media.

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285D

INTRODUCTION TO INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105 or CAS 126

This course will analyze difficulties in communicating across cultural boundaries, misunderstandings arising from cultural differences, and techniques for living and working successfully in a multicultural setting.  The course utilizes films, simulation games and other experiential learning techniques.  Appropriate for any student interested in being a genuine citizen of the world. 

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307

NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105 or CAS 126

A course tailored to engage students in learning how nonverbal processes related to facial, eye, artifactual, spatial, tactile, paralinguistic and temporal communication influence human interaction.

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315

CRISIS COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 120 and CAS 126

The course focuses on the different types of crises common within an organization, and the role a public relations practitioner has during a crisis.  Some of the topics examined in the course are the following.  Analyses of various organizations and individuals and how they reacted in a crisis.  What are the effective communication strategies for researching, planning, and responding to a crisis?  Strategies for working with the media during a crisis, and the importance of ethical practices are essential aspects of the course.

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320

INTERNAL PUBLIC RELATIONS AND RESEARCH

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 120 and CAS 126

Through this course students learn about the essential components of internal public relations. Through experiential exercises students gain knowledge concerning internal communication master plans, strategic planning, public relations research and assessment. Students also learn how to write, backgrounders, biographies, and other internal public relations documents. 

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321

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF SPEECH AND HEARING MECHANISMS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105 and CAS 220

The anatomy and physiology of normal speech production and of the hearing mechanism. Including the study of the nervous system, ear, laryngeal, respiratory and orofacial processes.  Applications to disorders in speech, language and hearing will be discussed.

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322F(D)

FILM THEMES AND GENRES

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 107F or CAS 108IF or instructor approval.

An examination of various genres in film that contribute to the greater appreciation of film as an art form. Each term the course is offered, one of the major cycles of motion picture production will be highlighted including international films, musicals, horror, war, westerns, etc. Several full-length films illustrating historically important phases of that film form will be shown in the laboratory period. Course may be repeated as genre changes.

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325

ARTICULATION AND PHONOLOGY DISORDERS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105, CAS 220 and CAS 225

The study of the normal aspects of articulation, speech sound acquisition, phonological awareness, and classification and factors related to speech sound disorders.  Applications of this information in the assessment and remediation of speech sounds disorders in children and adults will be addressed.

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326

RADIO AND TV ANNOUNCING

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 121 and CAS 226

A study of the principles of radio and TV announcing. Individual practice in voice production for radio and TV is stressed. Venues for radio and television announcing are examined.

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328(D)

STUDIES IN COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 126 or consent of the instructor. Course may be repeated as the topic changes.

This course examines current topics of concern within the communication area. Topic offerings to include, but are not limited to: computer mediated communication, instructional communication, health communication, communication and aging, listening, conflict communication, communication education, black rhetoric, political communication, legal communication, communication and technology, or gender communication.

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334

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (AMESLAN)

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 134

A study of sign language and fingerspelling with emphasis on receptive and expressive message clarity, comprehension of AMESLAN syntax and semantics, and facility in encoding and decoding. Some attention is given to the idiomatic aspects of sign language as used by the deaf population (1400-1500 signs).

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335

CLINICAL PRACTICE- INDIVIDUAL INTERVENTION

One to three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105,CAS 220, and CAS 235; GPA in major above 3.2 or consent of Program Director; Course must be repeated if grade is below a C.

Students are enrolled in clinical practice - individual for a minimum of two semesters for one credit hour each semester.  Students gain practical application of therapeutic knowledge and techniques in the Baldwin Wallace Speech Clinic.  Students are assigned individual clinical patients and work on obtaining ASHA clinical hours.  Students are required to write long and short term patient goals, write and execute daily lesson plans and write end-of-semester progress reports.

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340

LANGUAGE DISORDERS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105 and CAS 220

The nature and characteristics of language disorders in children and adults are discussed. Including the assessment and treatment of disorders of syntax, semantics, morphology and pragmatics in all populations of language disordered children and adults.

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341

VOICE AND FLUENCY DISORDERS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105 and CAS 220

The nature and characteristics of voice and fluency disorders in children and adults are discussed, including the assessment and treatment of disorders in voice and fluency/stuttering.

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345

EXTERNAL PUBLIC RELATIONS WRITING

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 120 and CAS 126

The course focuses on external public relations and the writing formats associated with such communication.  The course covers public service announcements, press kits, media analysis, mission statements, and other external public relations writing.

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350

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing, At least 9 credit hours of CAS courses, or consent of the instructor

This course examines how oral communication is exchanged among corporate member and the extent to which such interaction influences managerial/subordinate relation-ships. The learning environment entails discussing case study readings, conducting exercises, and completing a project.

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360

PUBLIC RELATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 120 and CAS 126

The field of public relations is influence by different forms of technology.  This course introduces student to different aspects of technology relevant to communication.  Students learn about social media, web design, video news releases, and other forms of technical communication.

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361

PARTICIPATION IN WBW

One or two credit hours

Students may work at WBW for credit by working in the music department, in broadcasting news, or in other station activities as approved by the station management and the instructor. This course is graded.

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371

ADVANCED PRODUCTION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 271 or CAS 273F

Students will act as producers for BW-TV.  This course offers advanced practical experience in the techniques of television production for multi-camera studio and on-location environments. Students hone their skills in pre-production, principal photography, and post-production.  Emphasis is also placed on the importance of operating under studio deadlines. Repeatable.

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373F

LIGHTING FOR FILM

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 273F, or registration with consent of the instructor.

A lighting design course specifically designed to introduce the student to the equipment and techniques of grips and gaffers. Composition, color theory, and qualities of light will be discussed  how they relate to the photography (still, motion, digital, and chemical).

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377

COMMUNICATION THEORY

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 126, at least 9 credit hours completed in CAS courses, and Junior or Senior standing. Required of all broadcasting and communication majors.

This course is an overview of the disciplinary traditions and research interests of communication theory. This course focuses on the prominent theories and research interests in the fields of study within the broad discipline of communication. Students will critically analyze various theoretical issues in contemporary communication.

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410

PERSUASIVE CAMPAIGNS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 126

This course covers the fundamentals of public relations.  Students will learn how to produce press releases, home pages, brochures, and other communication tools.  Students will create and implement a persuasive campaign relying on theories and strategies learned in the course.

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411

INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: LAS 200, CAS 377, Junior or Senior standing, and at least 27 hours completed in the major.

An introductory research methods course designed to introduce the student to the analysis and evaluation of communication research, applying this knowledge to the development of professional writing and performance skills. Techniques of argumentation, including development of propositions, use of evidence, and ethical considerations are central to the course. A Literature review and research proposal utilizing the APA (American Psychological Association) writing format are required.

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412

ADVANCED COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS

Three credit hours

Prerequisites: CAS 411, can be taken concurrently with CAS 476, CAS 477, CAS 478, CAS 479

The course focuses on the completion of student research projects proposed in CAS-411using established procedures and/or designs.  Students are exposed to qualitative and quantitative approaches.  The student will gain hands-on research experience, analytical skills, scientific writing abilities, and oral presentation skills.  Completion of an investigation utilizing the APA (American Psychological Association) writing format and the use of SAS or SPSS will be required.

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415

STUDIES IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing

Current topics within the PR area will be studied including research, case studies, writing or other specified areas of public relations.   Course may be taken more than once provided the subject or topic is different.

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420

AUDIOLOGY

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105 and CAS 220

A study of audiology, instrumentation, diagnosis, hearing disorders and basic rehabilitation procedures for hearing impaired populations.

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421

AURAL REHABILITATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105 and CAS 220

A study of the historical aspects of communication intervention with people who are hearing impaired, etiologies related to hearing impairment, incorporating auditory and visual stimuli in communication, language and speech of the hearing impaired, communication methodologies, psychosocial issues related to hearing impairment, hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, and audiologic rehabilitation techniques across the lifespan.

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422F

FILM MAKERS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 107F or CAS 108IF or instructor approval.

This course will examine the creative contributions of various filmmakers. The filmmaker's personal vision, time in history and artistic sensibilities will be examined through the context of his or her work. Auteur Theory, history, and criticism will be emphasized as well as the literature and practical techniques of criticism. Course may be repeated as the filmmaker changes.

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426

BROADCAST PROGRAMMING

Two credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 126 and Junior or Senior status

This course examines current television and radio programming principles, practices and strategies including examination of multidimensional and bimodal appeals, scheduling tactics and rationales, and program evaluation and restraints. New trends and developments in the industry also are given attention. Offered in alternate years.

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428

BROADCAST LAW AND ETHICS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 126 and Junior or Senior status

An exploration of broadcast regulations, law, and ethics with emphasis given to their evolution and their impact on broadcasting and society over time. Current issues including First Amendment law, libel, slander, obscenity, copyright, etc. are also analyzed. Offered in alternate years.

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435

CLINICAL PRACTICE- GROUP INTERVENTION

One credit hour

Prerequisite: CAS 105, 220, 235, and two semesters of CAS 335 or consent of instructor; GPA in major above 3.2 or consent of Program Director; Course must be repeated if grade is below a C.

Students gain practical application of group therapeutic knowledge and techniques in the Baldwin Wallace Speech Clinic.  Students are assigned to a group intervention program and work on obtaining ASHA clinical hours.  Students are required to write long and short term patient goals, write and execute group lesson plans and write end-of-semester progress reports for each individual in the group.

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440

RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 105 and CAS 220; and at least one semester of CAS 335

This course provides an overview of research methodology, design considerations, and the formulation of testable research questions that are central to the study of communication disorders. Ethical issues involved in communication disorders research will also be discussed. Students will design a doable evidence-based practice research proposal by the end of this course.

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461

SCREENWRITING

Three credit hours

Prerequisites: CAS 107F, Junior or Senior status, Film Majors only or registration with instructor's approval only

This course covers the most critical elements of screenwriting. Among them are development of plots and subplots through the inciting incident, backstory, turning points, image systems, beats and scenes units, and set-ups and pay-offs. This course will also examine the mechanics of the teleplay, a more restricted form of screenplay.

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463

ADVANCED SEMINAR

Two to four credit hours

Prerequisite: Varies dependent upon the course being offered

An advanced study of current topics of concern within the broadcasting and mass communication, communication studies, communication disorders, film studies, or public relations areas. May be repeated, provided that the topic is different.

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470

INTERNSHIP

Credit hours to be arranged

Prerequisite: At least 12 credit hours in CAS

Can consist of practical and/or clinical experience in any area of communications.
See
Internship Program, Section II.

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473

SENIOR SEMINAR: LEADERSHIP IN PUBLIC RELATIONS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 410 and CAS 415

Students enrolled in this course will learn about leadership and develop an understanding of individual leadership strengths and how to apply them to the job search and workplace. Students will also organize a professional portfolio.

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474F

AUDIO FOR FILM

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: CAS 121 or with consent of the instructor

The study of audio production principles and practices as they specifically relate to film production and post production. Topics will include on location acquisition as well as post production manipulation, and mixing of sound and audio. Foley and ADR projects will be included. The course focuses on the use of sound to compliment the image.

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476

CAPSTONE IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: At least 30 credit hours completed in CAS courses, Junior or Senior status, can be taken concurrently with CAS 411 or CAS 412. Course must be repeated if grade is below C.

Majors enrolled in this course will learn the technology needed to conduct a Web-based portfolio that documents their learning experiences. This portfolio will include a resume, recommendation letters, samples of speaking presentations, communication-related papers, projects, and documentation of experiential learning.

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477

CAPSTONE IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: Senior status. Course must be repeated if grade is below a C.

Students enrolled in this course will complete a portfolio, in which they are to document the knowledge and skills obtain both in and out of the classroom, during their University years.   The portfolio will include a resume, cover letter, recommendations letter, letters of acceptance (graduate school or employment) completed KASA form, clinical experience documentation, reflections on academic, clinical, extracurricular involvement, and employment experiences.

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478

CAPSTONE IN BROADCASTING

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior/Senior status only

To demonstrate their expertise and experience, Broadcasting students must prepare a resume and portfolio of their media experiences, including a "demo reel." In addition, students must write, research, plan and record a special project (program or production) to demonstrate their proficiencies. The Capstone coordinator must approve topics for projects.

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