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216, 217. Communication and Public Relations
Explores public relations issues within organizational contexts; emphasis on communication theory and research into public relations practices. Topics include the origins and development of public relations, its role in society, principles of public relations theory and practice; and the ethical issues raised by various philosophies and practices of public relations. Prerequisite: Com 101 or Com 201 recommended but not required.

321, 322. Writing for the Media
Provides intensive writing experiences in a variety of formats. Introduces students to the different conventions of writing for print media, radio, and television. Class structure, assignments, and timed writing exercises are designed to simulate a working media environment. Prerequisite: Com 101 or Com 201.

334, 335. Health Communication
Examines interpersonal as well as mediated dimensions of health communication including theories and case studies that address issues in physician and patient communication; gender, race, and cultural constitutents in health comunication; techniques for the production, distribution, and assessment of health-care information; the design and implementation of public health campaigns; the use of communication technologies in the production of health communications. Emphasizes writing.

336, 337. Environmental Communication
Explores theories, models, and strategies for production and assessment of environmental communications. Examines environmental media and campaigns, and provides students with skills to identify and solve problems in environmental communications and in the production of environmental media. Emphasizes writing.

338, 339. Organizational Communication
Examines communication patterns operating in large-scale organizations. The constituents, constraints, values, practices, and media of corporate cultures are investigated from historical, cross-cultural, and contemporary perspectives.

351. Video Production
Refines an understanding of video/television concepts and operations through the application of advanced production techniques. Provides hands-on experience beginning with the development of a professional project, treatment, script, and storyboard. Focusing on production tools and skills, class workshops and outside exercises that facilitate becoming comfortable with camera and editing equipment and with the overall production process. Conceiving, coordinating, shooting, and editing the project, production teams will encounter real-time pressure and problem-solving situations. Prerequisite: Com 251.

361. Radio Production
Introduces the tools, techniques, and principles of radio production. Students develop awareness of sound, the ability to structure information on the radio, and the capacity to sustain attention and build an audio documentary. Students will plan, produce, and evaluate audio projects in a variety of modes including news, documentary, dramatic, and commercial.

365. Hypermedia
Focuses on interactive media, on the logic for authoring and designing interactive tools and experiences including those on the interned. Through explorations of electronic multimedia and its applications including such technologies as interactive video disc, CDROM, the world-wide-web, the class examines critical aspects of interactive thinking and production. Each student will conceive and design an interactive project and produce it in one or more digital environments. Prerequisite: Com 231 or permission of instructor.

431. Documentary Field Work
Develops advanced skills in documentary inquiry and practice. Provides tools and opportunities for developing skills in interviewing for archival, journalistic (print and electronic), social scientific, and administrative purposes. Course is organized around the design and development of individual or group documentary projects in selected media. Completed project(s) will be exhibited in some campus or public forum, e.g. submitted to campus newspaper, aired on campus radio or television, or displayed on the department website. Prerequisites: Com 201 and Com 231, and permission of the instructor.

467. Advanced Electronic Media Production
Students explore the convergence of video and digital media while studying the problems of constructing narrative and documentary texts within emerging experimental formats. Through their research-production projects, students learn to work with more advanced visual and organizational concepts. Legal and ethical issues involved in media production are considered. Students present ongoing work and final projects in either an on-line or broadcast venue. Prerequisites: Com 352 or Com 365, and permission of the instructor.