COMM-51000/51100 Selected Topics
In-depth investigation of a particular topic in the field. Students examine current theory and practice in a given area. A different topic is selected each term. Examples of topics include knowledge management, development and fund-raising, and communication in managed care organizations. Elective. 1-3 credits each (up to 6 credits total).
COMM-52000 Organizational Media Production
Introduction to the design and production of media for use in organizations, including digital images, presentation software, desktop publishing, website design, multimedia, and video production. Emphasis is on creative use of these media in organizational settings. Required. 3 credits.
COMM-53000 Communication Campaigns
The course emphasizes the theoretical foundations of the art of persuasion and the strategic applications of such theories in communication campaigns. Students critically analyze a variety of internal and external communication campaigns, including attempts to improve an organization’s image, to sell products and services, to affect attitudes on an issue, and to motivate employees. Additionally, students will design organizational communication campaigns. Elective. 3 credits.
COMM-53500 Learning Systems
An in-depth exploration of theories, models, and principles of design, learning, and instruction and their applications in creating integrated processes and products that help people learn. Along with readings and discussions, a series of projects develops a rich understanding of analysis, design, and evaluation processes geared specifically to learning systems such as training programs, courses, formal or informal learning activities, and self-instructional materials. Elective. 3 credits.
COMM-54000 Visual Design and Organizational Presentations
An examination of the design and production of visual media to be used in organizational presentations. Study of visual literacy theory and research, and principles of visual design, as well as the structuring and delivery of presentations. Students apply visual theories and principles to create still and motion images for messages in stand-up and stand-alone presentations. Elective. 3 credits.
COMM-54100 Contemporary Issues
A survey and analysis of current issues in contemporary organizations, including sociological, technological, and regulatory issues. Sample topics include ethics, new media systems, and globalization. Elective. 3 credits (up to 6 credits total with permission of graduate chair).
COMM-55000 Organizational Video Design and Production
Principles of and experience in planning, scripting, managing, and producing nonbroadcast video programs. Analysis of instructional, promotional, and informational video formats, field production, and all aspects of pre- and postproduction. Elective. 3 credits.
COMM-56000 Online Learning and Collaboration
This online course gives students hands-on experience in using and choosing tools for virtual team collaboration, education, and training. Focuses on applications such as groupware, portals, blogs, expert systems, and online course management systems. Students learn to design and facilitate online learning and web-based meetings and apply research and theory to typical organizational situations. Elective. 3 credits.
COMM-57000 Corporate Communication Media
Models and principles from persuasion, visual design, and project management provide backdrop for the creation, management, and evaluation of linear, mediated organizational communications activities. Promotional and informational websites and print documents developed for internal and external audiences are the primary focus. Elective. 3 credits.
COMM-58000 Organizational Culture and Diversity
Organizational culture provides the theoretical orientation for examining diversity issues in the workplace. Emphasis is on understanding organizations as cultures and as existing within cultures. Both domestic and international organizations are examined. Current organizational practice is assessed, with particular attention to issues such as gender, race, age, ethnicity, nationality, class, sexual orientation, and disability. Elective. 3 credits.
COMM-58500 Communication Technology and Organizations
An exploration of new and emerging communication technologies in organizations and their impact on work design, decision making, interpersonal interaction, organizational structures, and cultures. A review of major theories of technologically mediated communication and empirical research on computer-supported collaborative work equips students to critically select, implement, use, and evaluate communication technologies and develop related organizational policy. Elective. 3 credits.
Jointly supervised work experience in the field of communications with a cooperating organization. Intended to provide the intern with an opportunity for professional growth. No more than 6 credits of internship and/or tutorial may be counted toward the 36 required credits. Prerequisites: Completion of 12 graduate credits with a GPA of 3.00 or better and permission of the graduate chair. Pass/fail only. Elective. 1-6 credits each (up to 6 credits total).
COMM-64000 Designing Systems and Messages
An overview of the theory and practice of analyzing organizational strategies and applying communication and learning theory, as well as models of practice, to designing appropriate methods of enhancing those strategies. Readings and projects focus on branding and image, change management, persuasion, and instructional design using a variety of contemporary strategies and media. The course includes a group project during which students work with a client to design systems, strategies, and messages to accomplish a specific organizational goal. Required. 3 credits.
COMM-64100 Management of Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design
Develops competencies in the leadership and administration of communication and training departments and projects, preparing students to assume roles as managers and independent consultants. Specific attention is given to the structure and funding of organizational communication and training departments, the development of internal and external communication standards and policies, the management of internal staffing plans and external contracts, and the assessment of learning and communication systems as long-term business assets. Students use case studies and projects to develop their skills in managing client expectations, proposing projects, and managing budgets and staffs. Required. 3 credits.
COMM-64300 Research Methods in Communications
An examination of various communication research and evaluation methods and their theoretical underpinnings. Includes study of quantitative and qualitative paradigms and methods such as experimentation, statistical analysis, interview and survey techniques, participant observation, and ethnography. Emphasis on critical examination of research reports and on basic techniques of applied research in organizational settings. Required. 3 credits.
COMM-64400 Communication, Learning, and Organization Theory
Comprehensive overview of communication theories, learning theories, and theories of organizing as they apply to contemporary organizational practice. Emphasis on analytical understanding of underlying assumptions and major theoretical paradigms from the humanities, social sciences, education, and management. Required. 3 credits.
COMM-65000/65100 Independent Study
Individually designed program of study or project in a specific area of research and/or practice. Prerequisites: Successful completion of at least 9 graduate credits and prior approval of a written proposal by the tutorial mentor and the graduate chair. No more than 6 credits of internship and/or tutorial may be counted toward the 36 required credits. Elective. 1-3 credits each (up to 6 credits total).
The theory and practice of technology-enhanced learning environments. Focus is on the creation, management, and evaluation of e-learning systems. Emphasis on applying instructional design and learning theory to the development of e-learning products. Elective. 3 credits.
COMM-68000 Seminar: Theory in Practice
Capstone course in which students examine relationships of theory and practice in conducting an applied project for a client organization. Includes study of project management and consulting. Prerequisite: All other required courses must be completed or in progress. Required. 3 credits.
Significant independent research project. Permission of graduate chair and graduate faculty required before enrolling. Elective. 3 credit