MEDC - Media Communications

Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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MEDC 4110 Media and Digital Culture (3)

This course applies the principles of media literacy to digital media, which includes interactive media, voice and image transmission devices, simulations, and video games. The course examines the technological characteristics of digital media as well as the impact of digital technology on content. The course also considers the impact of digital media on the individual and society and identifies strategies for the analysis of media messages. Prerequisite: MEDC 3190 for undergraduate students or MEDC 5460 for graduate students.

MEDC 4220 Genre Studies (3)

This course offers an in-depth study of genres that appear in the media, such as reality shows, film noir, and the evening news. Students learn a range of approaches to the study of genre, including: formulaic, ideological, historical, cultural, and audience response analysis. Students conduct primary research on a particular genre using selected approaches. Prerequisite: MEDC 3190 for undergraduate students or MEDC 5460 for graduate students.

MEDC 4440 Patterns of Ownership in Media (3)

Students learn the impact of media economics on content by studying media ownership patterns, such as state-run, state-owned, privately owned, and individually owned systems, and topics such as cross promotion, conflicts of interest, bottom-line programming decisions, and internal organizational/staffing decisions. The class will look at recent developments that have affected the concentration of media ownership. Other topics include: historical context, international trends, regulations, and issues of gender and diversity in ownership and management. Students will conduct primary research focusing on one of these topics.

MEDC 4500 Political Communications (3)

Students learn the role of the media on the American political process. Topics include the history and evolution of political media, the role of the press and its influence on the political process, and how media strategies are created, developed, and produced. Political advertising campaigns are analyzed. Prerequisite: MEDC 1010 for undergraduate students or MEDC 5000 for graduate students.

MEDC 5000 Media Communications (3)

Students examine communications theory and its application to mass media. The course introduces students to the graduate program and describes program expectations as well as introduces research methodologies used throughout the program and discusses academic preparation for MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications. Therefore, students must take this course even if they have academic and/or professional experience in media communications. Prerequisite: Students should have an educational background or professional experience in media communications, or they must enroll in 6 credit hours of additional preparatory undergraduate coursework, as determined by an academic advisor.

MEDC 5010 Introduction to Graduate Studies: Advanced Thinking and Writing (3)

This course is an introduction to graduate studies that provides students with knowledge and skills in three important ways to maximize academic success as a graduate student. The course will focus on critical thinking and advanced analysis skills, basic information on academic research and library searches, and advanced writing. The course will also offer a brief introduction to effective online learning.

MEDC 5200 Directed Studies in Media Communications (3-6)

Under faculty supervision, students examine an area of specialty not currently offered in the media communications curriculum. The student and instructor develop a written course proposal. Requires approval of the director of Graduate Studies and the dean of the School of Communications. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs, not to exceed 6 credit hours.

MEDC 5250 Visual Communication in the Media (3)

One of the major revolutions in contemporary communication has been the development of visual genres to carry information that cannot be carried easily by printed media or radio broadcast. Students examine the development of the documentary film, photojournalism, television, and interactive media, with particular attention to the impact these have had on other media, in terms of both form and content. Emphasis is on the criteria for critical evaluation of each genre in the light of its particular history and development. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000 Media Communications.

MEDC 5290 Issues in Media Communications (3-6)

Current and significant issues in media communications are examined. The course focuses on existing theories and practices, with emphasis given to new and emerging topics in the field. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs, not to exceed 6 credit hours.

MEDC 5300 Strategic Communications (3)

This course is taught from a top-management perspective regarding the strategic role of communications, and the communications manager, in achieving the company mission and measurable bottom-line results. It introduces students to an integrated approach to managing all communications functions, including all direct and indirect communications requirements for both internal and external audiences and intermediaries, such as customers, suppliers, distributors, employees, shareholders, competitors, politicians, analysts, journalists and lobbyists. It encompasses the functional areas of marketing communications, organizational communications, media relations, investor relations, government relations and corporate branding. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5310 Media and Culture (3)

This course examines the mass media as it reflects and influences the attitudes, values, behaviors, myths, and preoccupations that define a given culture. The course considers the functions of mass media in society and the effect on the individual. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5331 Media Communications Production: Video (3)

Managers of media communications often need to produce or manage the production of video presentations. This course employs techniques common to all types of video production. The class is a hands-on course in portable production and editing, giving students a basis for understanding the use of this medium to meet management strategies. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000 and VIDE 1810 or permission of instructor.

MEDC 5332 Media Communications Production: Graphics (6)

This course is composed of two elements. First, the student is introduced to the prepress environment, which includes the production process, the current utilization of offset lithography in conjunction with advanced digital technology, and the production controls necessary for timely development of printed materials. The second element of the class is a hands-on production deployment of a prepress project using advanced print-ready techniques. The course will analyze the use of color, budget impacts, and new advances in printing and information distribution technology. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5343 Writing for Media Communications: Scriptwriting (3)

This course helps students develop several styles of nonfiction video scriptwriting for broadcast and non-broadcast media, including corporate scriptwriting, news-feature writing, and documentary-style scripting. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5345 Writing for Media Communications: Journalism (3)

Writing for journalism is intended to give the student an understanding of the various genres of journalistic expression, including the hard-news story, feature story, and investigative story, as well as interpretive and explanatory journalism. Additionally, students are introduced to the trends of journalistic writing, from yellow and tabloid journalism to muckraking and the new civic journalism. Students can expect a number of writing/reporting assignments in this course. Cross-listed with JOUR 5345. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5346 Writing for Media Communications: Interactive Scriptwriting (3)

Development of the script in adherence to the planning vehicle requires a thorough understanding of the primary and secondary tasks of the interactive environment. This script must provide full detail for execution of the planning vehicle. Scripting for computer-based training, point of information, point of sale, and other deployments are discussed in this course. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000, MEDC 5600, and MEDC 5343

MEDC 5350 Media Organization and Regulations (3)

The student examines the legal structure of the media communications industry. The course focuses on the formation, rationale, and implications of policies that form the basis of media law and regulation. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5360 International Communications (3)

This course focuses on the history, issues, and future of international communications. The class considers individual media systems, including different understandings of the role of the media, freedom of press and information in different areas of the world; parity between distribution of news and the shaping of the public mind; international stereotyping; and international propaganda. The course also examines the relationship between national and global media systems and the role of international communications in the development of the new world order. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5390 Practicum (3)

Students undertake, with the supervision of a qualified professional, an approved internship in a media-related setting. The course includes work and academic experience. The work experience involves professional media duties. The academic experience involves written assignments and attendance at seminars. The outline of duties and evaluative methods are established by the student and the internship mentor and approved by the mentor prior to initiation of the program. Prerequisites: Completion of at least 21 credit hours in the MA in media communications program, including MEDC 5000 Media Communications; meeting program criteria; and permission of the internship coordinator and the director of Graduate Studies. Note: Internships should be directly relevant to students’ course of studies and majors.

MEDC 5400 Media Production Management (3)

The student applies theories of how communications campaigns work in a real-world environment.  Students will critically examine all aspects of the strategic campaign planning process, including research, budgeting, planning, writing and evaluation.  The course focuses on how corporate communications, such as public relations, internal communications, advertising and marketing all work together to achieve organizational objectives. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5401 Media Production Management: Interactive (3)

This course prepares students to manage the variety of disciplines involved in the development and production of interactive media. Students learn to manage projects from the concept and script, video, audio, and screen design to programming and testing. Budgeting, invoicing, scheduling, flowcharting, treatment, presentation, and delivery platforms are examined. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000, MEDC 5600, and MEDC 5615

MEDC 5430 Media Communications Technology (3)

The student explores new technologies in mass communications and the choices that these technologies present in the area of media communications. Course content focuses on the impact of  computer technology, artificial intelligence, and wireless technology on business and government and the increasing reliance on the management and communication of information. Future applications, active media technology, E-commerce and Web services, and Web-based social networks are also considered. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5460 Media Research (3)

This course introduces students to the major research methodologies, communication theories, and topics of study within media research. Theories, models, and methods are applied toward the development of research projects. Students discuss and examine qualitative and quantitative methods of media research employed by various aspects of the media. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000 MEDC 5310 strongly recommended

MEDC 5480 Comparative Approaches to Media Literacy (3)

This course focuses on qualitative approaches to the study of media literacy, including Nonverbal, Mythic, Socratic, Ideological, Autobiographical, and Production Elements. Students will consider various aspects of the field of media literacy including international approaches/developments in the field; media literacy sectors (education, production, public policy, community) and assessment strategies. Students assume responsibility for a major project or paper. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000 and MEDC 5310

MEDC 5500 Professional Seminars (1-3)

Students may supplement the core and elective courses in media communications with professional seminars designed to examine contemporary issues in this field. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs. Graduate students may apply a maximum of 3 credit hours of these seminars as electives to meet the credit-hour requirements for graduation. This course may not be completed by directed study. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Undergraduate seniors require approval from their academic advisor.

MEDC 5550 Topics in Media Communications (3-6)

This course offers a variety of topics to address emerging theories, practices, and applications in the field of communications. Topics are timely and of interest to professionals currently working in or pursuing media-related careers. Classes may focus on such topics as campaign strategy and political power; video and media literacy; ethical issues in the media; applications for podcasting and blogs; creating cultural change through organizational communications; etc. Prerequisites may vary by topic. May be repeated once for credit if content differs and is appropriate for student's course of study, not to exceed 6 credits.

MEDC 5600 Introduction to Interactive Communications (3)

A practical, up to date introduction to the documentation process required to plan and initiate interactive multimedia projects. This course offers a comprehensive approach to planning interactive media projects within an ever-changing multi-device environment. Through hands-on exercises, students will become familiar with the key processes and decision points required to fully document aspects of strategy, research, planning and implementation for digital projects. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000.

MEDC 5610 Video for Interactive Communications (3)

The production of short segment video bytes for interactive applications differs significantly from conventional video production. Video production for nonlinear access is discussed, and tools and methods are examined. Students are responsible for the planning and development of a series of video shorts. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000 and MEDC 5600

MEDC 5615 New Media Tools

Students learn about a variety of media used in electronic and digital environments, from the World Wide Web to DVD. Topics include streaming video and audio on the Web, compression, and equipment or tools necessary to use an interactive program or Web site. Students study examples of existing interactive programs (e. g. Web sites, CD-ROM, DVD) as well as develop strategies to solve real-world problems. Note: This is not a production course. Prerequisite: MEDC 5000

MEDC 5620 Audio for Interactive Communications (3)

Students learn how to develop and produce the audio component for a variety of interactive programs. The students will learn how to work with sound engineers and composers, how to record sound in the studio and the field, and how to use ProTools software. Students will also explore different compression techniques and study a variety of delivery systems/environments. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000 and MEDC 5600

MEDC 5630 Visual Design for Interactive Communications (3)

Integration of traditional commercial art techniques into dynamic interactive modules is the focus of this course. Proper visual cues for response, efficient use of color, and logical design of decision points are examined in detail. Still-frame images from live video are used in combination with graphic design. Human factor issues in the development of interactive media are analyzed. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000 and MEDC 5600

MEDC 5631 Interactive Media Applied to the Internet (3)

Students review concepts of interactive digital media and the methodologies used to deliver interactive media over the Internet. This course introduces students to web-based distribution languages such as HTML, XML, JavaScript, and ASP, as well as the authoring tools that assist in creating content for the web. Students are required to design content that incorporates Internet technologies and a minimal amount of HTML coding, which is introduced during the class. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000 and MEDC 5600

MEDC 5640 Interactive Programming (3)

The multitude of programming platforms is investigated, reviewed, and their many uses are discussed. Advantages, disadvantages, and suitability for particular markets (i.e. consumer, industrial, educational, remote link) are examined in detail. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000 and MEDC 5600

MEDC 5650 Special Topics in Interactive Media (3-6)

This course addresses current and significant issues in interactive media and interactive communications. The course focuses on existing theories and practices, with emphasis on new and emerging topics and technologies in this field. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000 and MEDC 5600 recommended. Can be repeated once for credit if content differs, not to exceed 6 credit hours.

MEDC 5690 Interactive Project Management (6)

The interactive project represents the integration and implementation of all previous interactive courses. This project is composed of two elements: the interactive project itself, and the planning and production documents associated with the project. The project culminates in a demonstration and presentation to the project review faculty. Prerequisites: Completion of all required interactive courses and permission of the instructor.

MEDC 5981 Integrated Studies in Media Literacy (3)

An in-depth study in the field of media literacy, students examine a variety of approaches to the discipline, as well as consider issues related to the field of media literacy. Students assume responsibility for a major project or paper. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000, MEDC 5310 and MEDC 5480

MEDC 5985 Media Literacy Fieldwork (3)

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply media literacy principles through fieldwork at one of a number of sites including schools, retirement centers, parent-teacher organizations, and businesses. Under the direction of the instructor, students assume responsibility for program initiation, development, implementation, and evaluation. Prerequisites: MEDC 5000, MEDC 5310, MEDC 5480 and permission of instructor. May be repeated once for credit, not to exceed 6 credit hours.

MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications (3)

In this course, students create a capstone research project. Students are expected to synthesize and integrate the learning experiences acquired in the curriculum and to evaluate current media communications research topics relative to a particular area of interest. Students should seek to add to the body of media communications knowledge with all capstone research projects. Papers used in previous courses cannot be resubmitted or repackaged in order to meet the requirements of this course. However, it is acceptable to continue researching ideas which students may have pursued during their degree program, building on them to complete the large, comprehensive paper required in this capstone course. Students are encouraged to have their capstone research project topics approved prior to the start of class. Prerequisite: Completion of all other graduate courses in program. This should be the last course taken before graduation. Any exceptions must be approved prior to registration by submitting a program option request to be signed by the director of Graduate Studies and the dean of the School of Communications.

MEDC 6250 Thesis Project in Media Communications (3-6)

The student synthesizes and integrates the learning experiences from all previous media communications courses and researches a specific topic to complete a thesis project relevant to the student's media communications major. The student must submit a written project proposal. Prerequisite: Completion of all other graduate courses and approval of written project proposal by the director of Graduate Studies and the dean of the School of Communications. The written project proposal must follow current thesis guidelines and include appropriate graduate thesis forms.