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Communications (COM)

Communications (COM)

101 Introduction to Mass Communication
This is a foundational course that establishes general knowledge about the field of mass media and communication. Students will explore the range of communication methods. Topics include print media, traditional broadcast industries, Internet communications and media regulation. This broad introduction is intended to help students identify their particular interests, and to aid them in choosing elective courses for their major emphasis or minor focus.
Three hours, three credits.

141, 241, Radio Performance Practicum/Seminar
This course introduces students to the basic principles and techniques required in the day-to-day operation of a college radio station. Students are taught to use the equipment necessary to do a radio broadcast. Students will begin developing voice and performance techniques for radio. Students learn how to maintain the proper records for reporting performance activities and the rules and regulations laid out by the Federal Communications Commission that govern broadcast in the United States. The laboratory for the class will be FerrumRadio.com, the Ferrum College radio station. The students involved in the practicum will maintain a regularly broadcast radio show throughout the semester they are enrolled in the course. The minimum show length will be two hours a week.
One hour, one credit each.

201 Public Speaking
Development of basic skills in oral communication through the study and practice of public speech construction and delivery, audience analysis, and listening and fundamental voice and body control.
This course is designated by Ferrum College faculty to meet the entire Speaking Intensive requirement; a grade of "C" or higher in this course is required for this course to be used by a student to complete the Speaking Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of "C" or higher in this course unless he or she earns a "C" or better on the speaking assignments required by the course.
Prerequisite: ENG 102.
Three hours, three credits.

211 Radio Broadcasting Methods
This course will familiarize students with the structure and design of a variety of radio program formats, including analysis of both the content and business paradigms of present day radio broadcasts. Students will learn to create and produce radio programs through writing and practical on-air experience. Students will also design daily broadcast and commercial programming schedules.
Three hours, three credits.

223 Basic Audio Recording
Students will learn the language and techniques of capturing and mixing sound. They will develop the skills needed to produce coherent audio recordings while developing their ability to analyze production quality and aesthetics. A foundation in audio recording prepares the student to make musical recordings, contribute to video and motion picture productions, or work in sound reinforcement. It is an academic stepping-stone to greater success in other media courses and prepares majors for their senior seminar capstone project.
Three hours, three credits.

235 Fundamental of TV and Video Production
This course familiarizes the student with standard video production equipment and techniques with an emphasis on electronic field production (EFP) for news gathering and location videography. Standard studio production methods and control room functions are also examined.
Three hours, three credits.

236, 237, 336, 337, 436, 437 Video Production Practicum
Students gain first-hand practical experience in video production by providing service to the college, local community, business, or the Media & Communication program. Forty-five service hours equals one credit. Students may repeat for up to six credits, with program coordinator approval.
Prerequisite: COM 235.
One credit.

271 Online Media
Students are introduced to the fast changing world of online media in its various forms, and the societal effects of Internet communication. This course will also explore a variety of online media forms, including social media and virtual environments. It will include a critical examination of existing Internet media and discussion of future online media forms.
Prerequisites: ENG 102 with a "C" or higher
Three hours, three credits.

304 Communication Research
This course provides students with the opportunity to conduct research that relates to media and communication. Students are introduced to the concepts and principles of applied research activity. Students will identify research questions, design and implement research designs, and then interpret and report the results of their data collection.
Prerequisites: COM 101 and ENG 102 with a "C" or higher.
Three hours, three credits.

359 Documentary Photography
This course focuses on capturing images in the documentary style. Media & Communication students may choose this as a program elective. Documentary Photography emphasizes visual storytelling that reflects reality as captured in the moment the image is made, rather than digital or darkroom image manipulation. This approach is essential to photojournalists and those interested in creating fact-based film or video.
Prerequisites: ART 215 or ART 217 with a "C" or higher.
Three hours, three credits.

369 Mass Media and Behavior
Students are introduced to concepts of cognitive psychology in relation to the effects of mass media on both individuals and societies. These ideas and principles are discussed in class and applied in student-led class discussions. Students will produce a research paper chosen from among topics discussed in this course and present their paper to the class.
Prerequisites: ENG 102 and PSY 201 with a "C" or higher.
Three hours, three credits.

433 Media Scriptwriting
Emphasis on writing in several formats, student projects will include broadcast-ready scripts for radio and television, as well as a short motion picture script. This course prepares the production-oriented student for their senior seminar capstone project in Media and Communication.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of "C" or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of "C" or higher in this course unless he or she earns a "C" or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a "C" or higher.
Three hours, three credits.

483 Senior Synthesis Seminar
This course is the capstone experience for Media and Communication majors. Students demonstrate an applied synthesis of media theory by producing either: (1) an empirical inquiry and scholarly report on one communication topic, or (2) a coordinated set of detailed planning and pre-production documents suitable for producing a professional-grade video or film.
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of "C" or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College. A student cannot earn a grade of "C" or higher in this course unless he or she earns a "C" or better on the writing assignments required by the course.
Prerequisites: ENG 102, COM 101, COM 304, COM 369 with a "C" or higher in each class.
Three hours, three credits.

499 Internship
This course will allow the student to gain practical experience and apply their academic preparation in an environment related to their career interests. Internships are normally spent in a 400-hour off-campus work situation or voluntary service activity. They are carefully supervised and designed to provide practical experience in professional environments.
Prerequisites: Junior Standing, program coordinator approval.
Three credits.