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MCOM 100 Mass Communication Radio Workshop 1 cr.

Entry-level work experience in applying mass communication theories at radio station WFWM. Repeatable for maximum of 4 credits.  May not be applied to fulfillment of major requirements. Variable.

MCOM 101 Mass Communication Television Workshop 1 cr.

Hands-on television production experience. Serve as technical personnel for student-produced newscast.  Repeatable for maximum of 4 credits.  May not be applied to fulfillment of major requirements. Variable.

MCOM 105 Introduction to Mass Communication 3 cr.

Study of historical evolution of today’s media industries and career paths.  Emphasis on contemporary issues affecting those industries and careers.  Consideration given to emerging media, required skills, including professional expectations, standards, ethical considerations, and social impacts.  Every semester.

MCOM 150 Introduction to Radio 3 cr.

Study of radio in the United States, both AM and FM, with presentations on the basic electronics, operation, regulation, staffing and selling. Variable.

MCOM 213 Audio Production 3 cr.

Examines the theories and technology used in audio production for music, radio, TV, and film.  Provides students with a useful vocabulary and the basic theory upon which production skills can be built.  Two hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab. Every Semester.

MCOM 246 Intro to Mass Communication Research Methods 3 cr.

Introduction to methods employed in both theoretical and applied research in Mass Communication.   Basic assumptions, strengths, weaknesses in quantitative, qualitative, historical, critical cultural methods.  Application of methods in theory development and industry decisions.  Every Semester.  Prerequisite: MCOM 105.

MCOM 250 Announcing and Performance 3 cr.

Development of skills required of the individual performer in the preparing, announcing, and narrating of various types of materials for audio and video formats. Variable.

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MCOM 287 Introduction to Video Production 3 cr.

Principles and practices of video field production. Focus on visual composition, lighting and sound, production, planning, and operation of portable video recording equipment. Emphasis on shooting and editing for broadcast, non-broadcast and multimedia applications.  Not open to students who have credit for MCOM 311.  Two hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab. Every semester.

MCOM 301 Multi-Media Workshop 3 cr.

Techniques in creating multi-media content.  Digital audio/video editing techniques and streaming media techniques and practices considered.  Variable.  Prerequisite: MCOM 213 and MCOM 287.

MCOM 313 Advanced Audio Production 3 cr.

Development of advanced skills in multiple aspects of audio production.  Recording and mastering various types of audio projects.  Utilization of digital editing equipment and CD authoring techniques.  Fall.  Prerequisite: MCOM 213 or permission of instructor.

MCOM 316 Electronic Media Management 3 cr.

A study of problems of organization and management of radio and television stations with attention to problems of programming, sales, public relations, governmental agencies, and audiences. Also a consideration of regulatory, station, personnel, and affiliation restraints upon decision-making in management. Variable.  Prerequisite: MCOM 105.

MCOM 325 Seminar in Public Relations 3 cr.

Provides an overview of the Public Relations process: planning, execution, and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on news releases, media pitches, backgrounders, features, websites and social media, reports, proposals, newsletters, brochures, public service announcements, and posters. Not open to students who have credit for former MCOM 490: Introduction to Public Relations. Variable. Pre-requisites: C or better in GEP Advanced Writing (Core Skill 2).

MCOM 326 Writing for Electronic Media 3 cr.

Fundamentals of media and multi-media writing; vocabulary, syntax, organizing ideas according to industry needs.  Sound message versus print message; print versus electronic writing. Every semester. Prerequisite: MCOM 105.

MCOM 336 Broadcast-Cable Programming 3 cr.

Study of the general theoretical principles of scheduling and selecting programming for broadcasting, cable, and internet uses.  An examination of general programming principles and practices, regulatory constraints upon programming, the nature and interpretation of ratings and their influence upon programming.  Variable.  Prerequisite: MCOM 105.

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MCOM 346 Mass Communication Theory 3 cr.

Theories of the process of mass communication, how media affect society, the evolution within a social and cultural context, ethical and social dimensions.  Extensive reading in theory, history and research. Every semester. Prerequisites: MCOM 105 and MCOM 246.

MCOM 350 Beginning Television Screenwriting 3 cr.

Introduction to and overview of the elements of theme, plot, character and dialogue in dramatic writing for television.  Exercises in episodic research, story creation, pitching and drafting and the application of each step to the development of the student’s dramatic writing.  By the end of the course, each student will have completed a “spec” script for a current television drama to use as a writing sample suitable for submission to festivals, agents, managers and producers.  Variable.

MCOM 387 Multi-Camera Studio Production 3 cr.

Survey of professional uses of video production, including television, corporate video, web-based video, and educational video. Introduction to the production process, shooting techniques, digital editing techniques, and Internet streaming.  Not open to students who have credit for MCOM 212.  Two hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab. Fall. Prerequisite:  MCOM 287.

MCOM 447 Telecommunications Law 3 cr.

Survey of both constitutional and administrative laws, regulations, and public policies that govern the United States’ telecommunication systems. Every semester. Prerequisites: MCOM 105, 60 hours and good academic standing, or permission of instructor.

MCOM 456 Creative Strategies in Advertising & Media Buying 3 cr.

Investigation of how effective advertising campaigns are mounted by agencies. Creative strategies emphasized.  A campaign for a new product is researched, designed, and presented by students.  A basic understanding of media placement, rates and rate cards included. Variable. Prerequisites: MCOM 105 and MCOM 246 or permission of instructor.

MCOM 465 Music Promotion and Production 3 cr.

Students will apply promotion and production skills to a real world situation by organizing, promoting and producing a full-length audio CD.  Students will also organize and promote a live concert featuring artists from the CD.  Repeatable for maximum of 6 credits.  Spring.  Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

MCOM 485 Electronic Media Aesthetics & Criticism 3 cr.

Study of the aesthetic principles guiding development of electronic media   products. Examination of approaches to analyzing and critiquing media products.  Critical viewing and analysis of media texts. Emphasis on aural and visual media: radio, television and film. Every semester. Prerequisites: MCOM 105 and a C or better in GEP Advanced Writing (Core Skill 2) or permission of instructor.

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MCOM 486 Current Issues & New Technologies in Mass Communication 3 cr.

Examines a variety of new and emerging telecommunications technologies.  Considers the historical and ethical impacts of these technologies on the media; issues and economics driving the implementation or these technologies; and their adoption and use by consumers. Every semester. Prerequisite: MCOM 105, MCOM 246, MCOM 346.

MCOM 487 Advanced Video Production 3 cr.

Combines studio and field production elements. Emphasis on advanced production, editing, and post-production techniques.  Two hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab. Spring. Prerequisites: MCOM 287, MCOM 387, or permission of instructor.

MCOM 488 Multi-Camera Field Production 3 cr.

Techniques and skills necessary to utilize multi-cameras in a variety of field productions. Two hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. lab. Every semester. Repeatable for maximum of 6 credits if roles are substantially different. Prerequisite: MCOM 287, MCOM 387 or permission of instructor.

MCOM 490 Special Topics in Mass Communication 3 cr.

Research or applied experience on an announced selected topic. Repeatable so   long as topics are substantially different. Variable. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

MCOM 492 Internship Project 3 cr.

Academic component of internship experience, in conjunction with MCOM 495. You can earn no more than 18 credits of internship hours (MCOM 492 and MCOM 494 and MCOM 495 combined) during your academic career.  Graded A through F. Every semester. Co-requisite: MCOM 495.

MCOM 494 Mass Communication Internship 1 to 3 cr.

Supervised field experience for Mass Communication majors. Participation in the communication operations of a commercial, governmental, or educational organization. You can earn no more than 18 credits of internship hours (MCOM 492 and MCOM 494 and MCOM 495 combined) during your academic career. Every semester. Prerequisites: Junior/senior status, declared major in mass communication, minimum 12 cr. in mass communication, and 2.5 overall GPA or permission of instructor; Internship Agreement Form approved by department internship director before registering. Students should not contact prospective internship sites until they consult with their advisor.

MCOM 495 Extended Internship 3, 6, 9 or 12 cr.

Supervised field experience for Mass Communication majors. Participation in the communication operations of a commercial, governmental, or educational organization. Graded P/F.  Students can earn no more than 18 credits of internship hours (MCOM 492 and MCOM 494 and MCOM 495 combined) during their academic career. Every semester. Prerequisites: Junior/senior status, declared major in mass communication, minimum 12 cr. in mass communication, and 2.5 overall GPA or permission of instructor; Internship Agreement Form approved by department internship director before registering. Students should not contact prospective internship sites until they consult with their advisor.

MCOM 498 Senior Seminar in Mass Communication 3 cr.

An integrated experience that requires students to use their accumulated skills and knowledge. Integration of previous course material and reflections on one’s own experiences in the field is expected. Priority given to students who need the course to graduate in the semester registered. Every semester. Prerequisites: 75 credits, 2.0 overall GPA, and approved focus or minor or permission of instructor.  Capstone.

MCOM 499 Directed Study 1 to 6 cr.

Intensive study through faculty-directed projects or papers. Hours arranged. Every semester. Repeatable for maximum of 9 credits. No more than 6 hours can be counted toward one professional focus. Prerequisite: permission of Department Chair.

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