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Course Listings/Descriptions
Semester offering codes corrected and posted on June 7, 2004.
COM-Communication

COM 2948 Service Learning Field Study I . . . . .
1-3(F,S,SS)
Placement in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty "customize" courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting. Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement of the student's faculty sponsor, a minimum of 6-8 hours per week must be done at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.

COM 3404 Nonverbal Communication . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Prerequisite: SPC 3301.
Provides a comprehensive introduction to the role of nonverbal communication in the communication process, including major principles, theories, and research trends. Emphasis on observing and analyzing the functions of nonverbal communication in a variety of work and personal contexts.

COM 3462 Persuasive Communication . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Introduction to study of persuasive communication in human relationships. Emphasis on acquiring both knowledge and skill needed to achieve interpersonal influence goals in personal, group, and organizational contexts. This course should have great utility for communication majors and non-majors interested in effectively persuading others.

COM 3948 Service Learning Field Study II . . . . . 1-3(F,S,SS)
Placement in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty "customize" courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting. Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement of the student's faculty sponsor, a minimum of 6-8 hours per week must be done at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.

COM 3949 Cooperative Education . . . . . 1-2(F,S,SS)
Alternating full-time or consecutive parallel terms of practical experience in the intended field. Reinforcing academic preparation; confirming educational and career goals; personal and professional development; early start in career; earnings toward self-support; improved employability. (See program description under Cooperative Education). Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission of director of Cooperative Education is required.

COM 4014 Gender and Communication . . . . . 3(S)
Examines roles gender plays in managing diversity in the workplace, developing personal relationships and exploring mass media in contemporary culture. Comparative study of characteristics of masculine/feminine communication in conversation. Offered concurrently with COM 5015; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Meets Multicultural requirement.

COM 4022 Health Communication . . . . . 3(S)
Provides an up-to-date overview of the health care industry, spotlighting communication issues in patient care, health care administration, public relations, human resources, health education, and the media. Includes coverage of diverse cultures and ethical considerations. A highly interdisciplinary course useful for students considering any type of career in the health care industry. Offered concurrently with COM 5025; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

COM 4102 International Business Communication . . . . . 3(F)
Provides a framework for anticipating, analyzing, and responding to communication challenges when conducting international business. Addresses specific international communication behaviors in countries that conduct business frequently with U.S. companies. Meets Multicultural requirement.

COM 4103C Leadership Communication . . . . . 3(F)
Promotes leadership development through study of leadership theory and concepts and the practical application of leadership laboratory experience. Based on a servant leader philosophy, focuses on building leadership competencies in interpersonal communication, public presentations, team building, working in multicultural environments, mentoring, problem solving, and influence strategies used in interpersonal and public forums to bring about community and organizational change. Leadership laboratory work offers leadership skill-building opportunity to all participants.

COM 4110 Business and Professional Communication . . . . . 3(F,S,SS)
Practical understanding of communication practices affecting work place. Emphasis on managing work relationships, listening, organizational interviews, professional presentations, communication technologies and multi-cultural diversity.

COM 4120 Organizational Communication . . . . . 3(S)
Examines the dynamics of communicating within organizations and with stakeholders. Students analyze case studies of actual organizations and build skills related to teamwork, motivation, morale-building, leadership, decision-making, and more. Offered concurrently with COM 5121; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

COM 4202 Communication Training . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Prerequisite: Communication Arts Majors-COM 4110.
Prepares students to design and conduct communication skills training for professionals. Emphasizes adult learning, conducting needs assessments, establishing training objectives, using communication technology, and evaluating training efforts. Involves a hands-on student learning project wherein students conduct needs assessments and present two-hour workshops for local professional organizations. Offered concurrently with COM 5206; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Other majors must confer with instructor regarding comparable prerequisites. Offered Fall of every other year.

COM 4464 Applied Communication Theory . . . . . 3(F)
Examines theories of organizational communication. Promotes understanding of the usefulness of applying communication theory to solve practical problems. Includes the creation of a Dream Job portfolio, for which students research careers of their choice and shadow professionals in their chosen fields.

COM 4620 Communication Ethics . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Guides students in examining ethical considerations in business and public life. Includes diverse ethical perspectives, critical methods of analysis, and greater awareness of the role ethics plays in everyday life. Offered concurrently with COM 5625; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

COM 4940 Internship in Communication . . . . . 1-3(F,S,SS)
Supervised field practicum in communication-related position, to include advertising, broadcast and print journalism, telecommunications and film, organizational communication, and public relations. Senior standing, a 2.7 GPA in communication arts and permission is required. Graded on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only.

COM 5015 Gender and Communication . . . . . 3(S)
Examines role gender plays in managing diversity in the workplace, developing personal relationships and exploring mass media in contemporary culture. Comparative study of characteristics of masculine/feminine communication in conversation. Offered concurrently with COM 4014; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

COM 5025 Health Communication . . . . . 3(S)
Provides an up-to-date overview of the health care industry, spotlighting communication issues in patient care, health care administration, public relations, human resources, health education, and the media. Includes coverage of diverse cultures and ethical considerations. A highly interdisciplinary course useful for students considering any type of career in the health care industry. Offered concurrently with COM 4022; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Graduate standing is required.

COM 5121 Organizational Communication . . . . . 3(S)
Examines the dynamics of communicating within organizations and with stakeholders. Students analyze case studies of actual organizations and build skills related to teamwork, motivation, morale-building, leadership, decision making, and more. Offered concurrently with COM 4120; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

COM 5206 Communication Training . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Prepares students to design and conduct communication skills training for professionals. Emphasizes adult learning, conducting needs assessments, establishing training objectives, using communication technology, and evaluating training efforts. Involves a hands-on student learning project wherein students conduct needs assessments and present two-hour workshops for local professional organizations. Offered concurrently with COM 4202; graduate students will be assigned additional work. Other majors must confer with instructor regarding comparable prerequisites. Offered Fall of every other year.

COM 5625 Communication Ethics . . . . . 3(S)
Guides students in examining ethical considerations in business and public life. Includes diverse ethical perspectives, critical methods of analysis, and greater awareness of the role ethics plays in everyday life. Offered concurrently with COM 4620; graduate students will be assigned additional work.

COM 5940 Internship in Communication . . . . . 1-3(F,S,SS)
Supervised field practicum in communication-related position, to include broadcast, film, print media and public relations. Graded on satisfactory/ unsatisfactory basis only. Graduate standing, a 3.0 GPA in communication arts, and permission is required.

COM 6001 Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication . . . . . 3(F)
Professional field of communication: emphasis on philosophy, objectives, history, bibliography, careers, professional associations, research directions and needs, and historical research methods.

COM 6023 Enhancing Communication Within Health Care Organizations . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Examines communication challenges in health care organizations and presents skills and strategies for communicating to full advantage. Appropriate for administrators, public relations and marketing professionals, business personnel, clinicians, counselors, and others who work in health care. Permission is required. Open only to participants in the Health Communication Leadership Certificate program.

COM 6026 Promoting the Health Care Organization and Its Goals . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Prerequisite: COM 6023, COM 6029.
Investigates how health care organizations can monitor the external environment and communicate in mutually satisfying ways with clients, other organizations, and members of the community. Covers market analysis, strategic planning, advertising and organizational promotion, design and implementation of health campaigns, and other integrative aspects of marketing health care organizations. Permission is required.

COM 6027 Health Communication Leadership Project . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Prerequisite: COM 6023, COM 6025, and COM 6029.
Guides participants through the completion and implementation of a final project, building on the knowledge and skills acquired in COM 6023, COM 6025, and COM 6029. Permission is required.

COM 6028 Health Communication Leadership Capstone . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Prerequisite: COM 5940, COM 6023, COM 6026, COM 6029, COM 6312, MAN 5047, MAN 6156, and MAN 6285.
A series of workshops aimed at helping students synthesize their experience in both the Health Communication Certificate courses and the Organizational Development Leadership courses. Permission is required.

COM 6029 Improving Employee and Patient Satisfaction . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Prerequisite: COM 6023.
Examines the factors that influence burnout and at ways to foster communication environments that are satisfying rather than frustrating. The goal is to enhance both employee and client satisfaction. Includes skills training in interpersonal communication, using humor effectively, managing emotions, delivering bad news, and establishing realistic goals. Permission is required.

COM 6312 Quantitative Research Methods . . . . . 3(S)
Prerequisite: STA 2023.
Analysis of selected methods of quantitative investigation as they pertain to field of communication. Primary emphasis is on survey research techniques. Material and supply fee will be assessed.

COM 6400C Theories of Communication . . . . . 3(SS)
Major theories of communication. Emphasis on the application of theory and the development of evaluation techniques.

COM 6466 Crisis Communication . . . . . 3(CALL DEPT)
Will examine communication surrounding organizational crisis. Focus on internal and external forms of organizational communication, as well as the role of the media.

COM 6930 Organizational Communication Project . . . . . 1-6(F,S,SS)
Advanced research project for a major corporate or organizational client. Working with client organization, student will identify a problem for study, perform an extensive review of issues related to the project, develop several testable research questions or hypotheses about the problem, gather and analyze qualitative and/or quantitative data, and write up an extensive report, including summary conclusions based on the study. May enroll for more than one term, minimum of 6sh required for M.A. degree. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission is required.

COM 6971 Thesis . . . . . 1-6(F,S,SS)
Students will identify a significant academically oriented communication research question. They will perform an extensive review of academic literature on the topic, develop several testable hypotheses or research questions, gather and analyze qualitative and/or quantitative data, and write a final conclusion based on results of the study. May enroll for more than one term, minimum of 6sh required for M.A. degree. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis only. Permission is required.