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COMM501 Applied Research in Communications and Technology Course Page

Description: Introduction to quantitative and qualitative approaches for conducting research into technology-mediated communications. Guides students in their topic selection and development for their culminating project. Restricted to MACT students, normally in the second year. Students may not receive credit for both EXT 501 and COMM 501. Prerequisite: COMM 502 and COMM 503 or consent of the Department.

COMM502 Human Communication Course Page

Description: Survey of classic theories and emerging perspectives in communication studies. Emphasizes the development of skills for analyzing and understanding communication in context. Restricted to MACT students, normally in the first year. Offered during the Spring Institute. Students may not receive credit for both EXT 502 and COMM 502.

COMM503 Social Impact of Digital Communications Course Page

Description: This course explores the social impact of digital communications, with a specific focus on new and emerging social media and networks. Course themes cover a broad range of topics on the history and development of digital communications including social networks, virtual communities, and participatory culture. This course also touches on legal, ethical, and practical dimensions of digital communications as they relate to a range of personal and professional contexts. Restricted to MACT students, normally in the first year. Offered during the Spring Institute. Students may not receive credit for both EXT 503 and COMM 503.

COMM504 Organizational Communications Course Page

Description: This course deals with both internal communications (formal and informal) within an organization, and external communications (public relations, media relations, print and multimedia communications). Brief survey of the field of organizational analysis, with focus on marketing, clear language writing, rhetoric, public speaking, and writing for new media (e.g. hypertext). Restricted to MACT students. Course delivered by asynchronous Internet communication. Students may not receive credit for both EXT 504 and COMM 504. Prerequisites: COMM 502 and COMM 503 or consent of the Department.

COMM505 Contemporary Issues in Communications and Technologies Course Page

Description: Current and emerging issues in communications and technology will be explored with an emphasis on providing professionals with an advanced understanding of current developments in the field informed by historical and critical theoretical perspectives. Restricted to MACT students. Students may not receive credit for both EXT 505 and COMM 505. Prerequisites: COMM 502 and COMM 503 or consent of the Department.

COMM506 Strategic Communications in a Digital World Course Page

Description: The conceptual and practical foundations for effective strategic communications management will be examined, providing professionals with the insights and skills needed to integrate digital media into strategic communications planning for a range of organizations including non-profit, education, government, health, and private sector. Restricted to MACT students. Students may not receive credit for both EXT 506 and COMM 506. Prerequisites: COMM 502 and COMM 503 or consent of the Department.

COMM507 Knowledge Management and Communications Technologies Course Page

Description: Explores managing knowledge from an organizational perspective. Covers knowledge-management technologies and tools, as well as emerging issues and trends. Offered by asynchronous Internet communication. Students may not receive credit for both EXT 507 and COMM 507.

COMM508A Culminating Project Course Page

Description: Under supervision, students undertake a project that addresses some practical problem, issue, or objective related to communications and technology. Restricted to MACT students. Course delivered by asynchronous Internet communication. Not available to students admitted to the program after May 2010.

COMM508B Culminating Project Course Page

Description: Under supervision, students undertake a project that addresses some practical problem, issue, or objective related to communications and technology. Restricted to MACT students. Course delivered by asynchronous Internet communication. Not available to students admitted to the program after May 2010.

COMM509 Advanced Seminar in Research Design Course Page

Description: Advanced seminar on qualitative and quantitative approaches for conducting research in communications and technology. This course provides students with in depth study of research design and guides them in preparation for commencing their culminating project. Offered by asynchronous Internet communication. Restricted to MACT course-based students. Prerequisite: COMM 501 or consent of the department.

COMM511 Topics in Research Methods Course Page

Description: Introduction to approaches for conducting research into technology-mediated communications, with an emphasis on qualitative methods. Students may not receive credit for both COMM 501 and COMM 511. Offered by asynchronous Internet communication, in the classroom, or as a tutorial.

COMM550 Introduction to Electronic Commerce Course Page

Description: An introduction to the concepts, technologies, and functions of electronic commerce. Considers the organizational implications of electronic commerce as a broad shift in how transactions are completed in the marketplace. Offered by asynchronous Internet communication. Students may not receive credit for both EXT 555 and COMM 550.

COMM553 Facilitating Communication and Understanding Through Utilization-Based Evaluation Course Page

Description: Senior seminar course examining the use of evaluation within various organizational contexts, with an emphasis on survey and focus-group methods. Student activities include development of an evaluation plan. Offered by asynchronous Internet communication. Students may not receive credit for both EXT 553 and EXT 597 titled Facilitating Communications and Understanding through Utilization-Focused Evaluation and COMM 553.

COMM554 Risk Communication Course Page

Description: The theory, research, and practice of risk communication are explored through the introduction of models of risk communication and risk assessment in various contexts which may include environmental issues, public health and safety, occupational hazards, and consumer products. Students may not receive credit for both COMM 597 (Case Studies in Risk Communication) and COMM 554.

COMM555 New Media Narratives Course Page

Description: Providing insights into the role of new media in the practices and processes of writing, editing, and publishing, the focus will be on the interpretation of new media use in the development and future of publishing. A critical assessment of the tools and skills required for participation in publishing in the era of the Internet will be examined. Students may not receive credit for both COMM 597 (New Media Narratives) and COMM 555.

COMM556 Digital Outreach and Engagement Course Page

Description: A hands-on experience in participatory action research working in collaboration with one or more community organizations to design, implement, and evaluate a communications project using digital technologies. Students may not receive credit for both COMM 597 (Digital Outreach) and COMM 556.

COMM590 Conference Course in Communications and Technology Course Page

Description: Offered by asynchronous Internet communication, in the classroom, or as a tutorial.

COMM597 Topics in Communications and Technology Course Page

Description: An elective course on selected topics in communications and technology.

COMM598 Directed Study in Communications and Technology Course Page

Description: An elective course to be completed under the direction of a faculty member. Requires the approval of the Director. Offered by asynchronous Internet communication.

COMM900A Directed Research Project Course Page

Description: Offered by asynchronous Internet communication. Restricted to MACT students. Students may not receive credit for both COMM 508 and COMM 900.

COMM900B Directed Research Project Course Page

Description: Offered by asynchronous Internet communication. Restricted to MACT students. Students may not receive credit for both COMM 508 and COMM 900.