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Communication Courses

View available descriptions and outcomes for Communication courses in the English, Technical Communication & Media Arts department at Southern Polytechnic State University below.

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If you're not majoring in an English, Technical Communication & Media Arts degree program, consult your major department for core requirements in this department.


COMM 1000 Integrated Skills for International Students

6-0-6

Prerequisite: Departmental Approval

This course focuses on developing academic reading, writing,
speaking and listening skills for international students.
Students practice language and academic activities, such as
note-taking, basic research and discourse designed to support
concurrent academic course work.


COMM 1050 Holistic Communication for Non-Native Speakers of English

3-0-3

Prerequisites: Department Approval

This course provides students with an opportunity for integrated
language study, with a focus on oral and written comprehension,
as well as written and spoken expression.

 


COMM 1100 Human Communications

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: None

This course is a broad approach to oral communication skills including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, and public speaking. Students in this course will be expected to participate in discussions on a frequent basis, take 12 short online quizzes, complete a variety of unit assignments and take a proctored final exam. (eCore Course - Online)


COMM 2000 Business Communication

3-0-3

Prerequisites: ENGL 1102, COMM 2400

Introduction to the communication skills needed in the business
world, learned through exposure to mock business situations. The
job search is covered, and emphasis is placed on writing business
correspondence and delivering business-related oral
presentations.


COMM 2060 International Communication

3-0-3

Prerequisites: TCOM 2010; either TCOM 2020 or 2030 or
concurrently

Study of international cultural differences, especially as they
influence oral and written communication in the workplace.
Cultures will be analyzed using established models. Special
topics will vary depending on faculty teaching the course.
Required for B.A. in International Technical Communication.

 


COMM 2150 Ethics and Communication

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

This course will focus on analysis of relevant case studies in fields of communication. Emphasis will be placed on critical reading, writing and thinking. Comprehension of ethical issues in case studies and other readings will be demonstrated through completion of weekly writing assignments, formal and informal written examinations, research reports, and active class participation.


COMM 2170 Introduction to Media Studies

3-0-3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

This course provides students with a foundation in the study of
mass media and emerging new media. It provides an introduction
to the important key concepts and critical methodologies that are
essential to an understanding of the historical, social and political
effects of media as both technological tool and cultural artifact.


COMM 2400 Public Speaking

2 credit hours

A general course in public speaking designed for students with limited experience. This course deals with all aspects of effective planning, preparation, and presentation of different types of speeches. It focuses on basic principles of speech rather than on professional presentations.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • properly organize/outline a speech or presentation;
  • support their positions and use a variety of support materials in their speeches;
  • properly prepare and use visual aids regardless of the technology being used;
  • prepare and present a speech that has an introduction, body, and conclusion that will hold interest, be easy to follow, and be factually accurate based on appropriate research; and
  • adequately analyze an audience and use that analysis in a speeches.

COMM 2500 Advanced Public Speaking

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 2400

The study of principles and methods of selected forms of public speaking and oral presentation for various purposes and audiences. Speaking coverage ranges from speeches for special occasions, argumentation and debate, persuasive speaking, extemporaneous speaking and oral interpretation of literature.


COMM 2510 Intercollegiate Forensics

1 credit hour

Prerequisite: COMM 2400 or concurrently

Training, practice, and participation in individual college forensics events. Repeatable up to a 4-credit maximum


COMM 3000 Oral Communication for International Students

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1101 and Departmental approval

Designed for international students enrolled in ETCMA degree programs, this class addresses the specific needs of non-native speakers in technical and professional communication to allow them to develop the oral communication skills to become effective communicators. Students will read, summarize, and analyze various texts in various genres and make oral presentations. The class promotes spoken language proficiency through small group and individualized instruction in oral communication, complemented by the development of critical reading, listening, and writing skills.


COMM 3035 Organizational Communication

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental approaches, concepts and theories associated with the study of organizational communication. Students will identify career paths associated organizational communication and investigate the flow of communication through organizational structures. Emphasis will be placed on content application, team work and the study of real life organizations.


COMM 3040 Health Communication

3-0-3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

This course will focus on the essential role communication plays in health promotion and disease prevention. Strategies used to influence both individuals and communities when making health care decisions will be examined, and the students will become familiar with the communication processes used in managing individual and community health and health care programs. Specifically, theoretical frameworks and communication techniques will be examined that promote health. In addition, students will gain an understanding of health communication concepts, research,and practice. Topics discussed in this course include health literacy, physician to patient communication, effective public health messages and mass media campaigns, social support, self-disclosure, health education, and risk and emergency communication.

 


COMM 3050 Journalism

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: TCOM 2010; either TCOM 2020 or 2030 or concurrently

Study of technical and scientific reporting, including mass media theory. Emphasis on making technical information understood by a general audience. Students practice many in-house and external forms of writing such as news releases, feature articles, bulletins, brochures, and pamphlets. Cross-listed and ENGL 3050.


COMM 3060 Media, Culture, and Society

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

Students will explore the relationship between various media and a range of social and cultural concerns, including (but not limited to): gender roles, representations of race and ethnicity, sex and sexuality, family relations, and violence. The course will explore various theories of how media both shape and reflect society.


COMM 3100 Rhetoric: History, Theory, and Practice

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: TCOM 2010; either TCOM 2020 or 2030 or concurrently

Introduction to rhetoric as the relationship between thought and expression. Examines connections between rhetoric and writing, between a public act and a personal thinking process, by exploring classical and contemporary accounts of rhetorical history and theory. Students apply theory to their own writing as they explore the relationship between writers, readers, and subjects and the range of options they have available to them as communicators. Cross-listed as ENGL 3100.


COMM 3160 Media Theory and Practice

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102, TCOM 4030

This course will introduce students to major media theorists of the 20th and 21st century. Students will explore theories of print, radio, film, television, and various digital media. Students will also explore applications of theory to the production of media objects.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • demonstrate familiarity with major media theorists;
  • explain the relationship between media form and media content;
  • analyze contemporary media practice in the context of media theory; and
  • apply media theory to the production of media objects.

COMM 4060 Cross-Cultural Communication

3-0-3

Prerequisite/Co-Requisite: COMM 2000 or COMM 2060

This course is designed to introduce students to issues involved
with communication across different cultures. Communication
is the focal point, so we will consider all aspects of
communication in this course - both verbal and nonverbal.

 


COMM 4100 Small Group Communication

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: TCOM 2010; either TCOM 2020 or 2030 or concurrently

Study of the theory and practice of group interaction and teamwork as it applies to group process. Focuses on such topics as the function of roles in groups, conflict resolution, leadership in the small group, gender differences, listening and negotiation skills, and managing meetings. A collaborative project and workshop activities reinforce these principles.


COMM 4600 Directed Study

1-3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Twenty-one hours of courses in the major

A directed study for an undergraduate major who needs to complete an undergraduate requirement in the major that is not offered before the student's graduation date. The directed study is also for an undergraduate major who wishes to pursue a special area of communication not covered by the curriculum.

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