COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA Courses

COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA Courses


CO–106 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is a survey of the history, theory, and practice of mass media on Guam, in the United States, and in the world.

 

CO–200 VOICE AND ARTICULATION
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is a study of the speech mechanism and how it functions. It emphasizes phonetics and Standard American English pronunciations, as well as changes in the speaking voice. It is especially designed for education majors, non-native speakers of English, and those who desire improvement in their speaking performance.

 

CO–210 FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNICATION
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course introduces students to public speaking and person-to-person communication, as well as to group and intercultural communication. Students learn about basic speech preparation and delivery, as well as effective communication skills suited to the people with whom they interact in a variety of everyday contexts. Oral presentations may include demonstrative, informative, and/or persuasive speeches of 6-8 minutes in length. Prerequisites: EN110 placement.

 

CO–226 MEDIA WRITING
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

The theory and practice in gathering and presenting news for the print media is covered in this course. Students work may appear in the Triton's Call. Prerequisite: EN110 placement.

 

CO–228 FILM AND TELEVISION CRITICISM
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is as an introduction to the theoretical and historical approaches to cinema creation and TV narrative programming. The class is specifically an exploration of the critical tools that help interpret meaning from film and television. Students will develop visual literacy and research skills as they analyze, discuss, research and write about acclaimed film and filmmakers as well as select TV genres. Prerequisites: EN110 and EN111.

 

CO–236 BROADCAST PRODUCTION
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is an examination of the various elements involved in television production. It includes lab experiences and hands on group production exercises and projects. Students will become familiar with single camera digital cinematography, lighting, audio for video/film, and non-linear editing using Adobe Premiere. Multiple-camera studio techniques are also introduced. Students will complete projects eligible for the University of Guam International Film Festival.

 

CO–240 PHOTO JOURNALISM
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

Production, selection and use of photographs in newspaper and magazines are covered in this course. Students must have 35 mm camera. Prerequisite: CO226 or consent of instructor.

 

CO–250 ARGUMENTATION
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course covers the theory of reasoned discourse, the principles of critical thinking, and the practice of argumentation and advocacy as applied in public discussion and debate of controversial issues.

 

CO–310 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course presents the theory and insights into the practice of communication between persons of variant cultures. It focuses on building intercultural communication competence by gaining an understanding of differences in communication behaviors, expectations and values. Prerequisite: CO210, EN110.

 

CO–320 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

Theory and practice of interpersonal interaction: including personal growth, cooperation, conflict, negotiation and gaming. Prerequisite: CO210 or consent of instructor.

 

CO–326 ADVANCED REPORTING
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course covers the theory and practice of special news gathering skills; including investigative reporting, feature writing and precision journalism. Prerequisite: CO226.

 

CO–327 ADVERTISING IN THE MASS MEDIA
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is an in-depth examination of advertising's impact on society and how mass communication advertisements are created. It covers the history, concepts and strategies of advertising, as well as creation and placement of mass media messages. Prerequisite: CO106 or consent of instructor.

 

CO–330 SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course focuses on the skills involved in the processing of information, making of decisions, leadership, control, and conflict resolution in problem-solving discussions. Prerequisite: CO210.

 

CO–336 BROADCAST JOURNALISM
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course covers the theory and practice of writing and presenting news for the broadcast media. It includes individual and group projects in writing, reporting and interviewing techniques. Prerequisite: CO236, concurrent enrollment or consent of instructor.

 

CO–340 PERSUASION
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

Persuasion covers the use of persuasive techniques in a variety of communication settings, ranging from public speaking situations to consumer contact with the mass media. Prerequisite: C0210.

 

CO–350 PUBLIC SPEAKING
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

Public Speaking covers the theory and study of rhetoric in public settings. The course is designed to assess individual public speaking behaviors and apply principles of rhetoric for improvement in speech preparation and delivery. Prerequisite: CO210 or consent of instructor.

 

CO–355 PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course offers advanced practical experience in communication including on-campus activities such as organizing speech forum activities and other UOG extra curricular academic activites, speaker's bureau, as well as off-campus activities in forensic tournament judging, public relations, or other field experiences. Prerequisite: CO210 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in CO250 OR CO350.

 

CO–356 EDITING AND LAYOUT DESIGN
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This is an upper division course in editing, page layout, and design of newspaper, newsletters, and other print publications with emphasis on computerized desktop publishing procedures. Semester projects may include work on the campus newspaper, Triton's Call, at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: CO226 or consent of Instructor.

 

CO–357 MEDIA COMPUTER GRAPHICS
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This is an upper division course emphasizing digital image manipulation, photography� editing and use of computer photography editing software. Complementary to CO240 Photojournalism and CO356 Editing and Layout Design. Semester projects may include work on the campus newspaper, Triton's Call, and other projects at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: CO236 Broadcast Production. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

 

CO–360 PUBLIC RELATIONS IN BUS AND PROFESSIONS
FALL ONLY/FALL ONLY

3 credit hours

This is an introductory survey and skill course in basic public relations among various interest groups, i.e., commercial, educational, private and governmental sectors. Prerequisite: CO210.

 

CO–370 ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
SPRING ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course provides an overview of the various theories and approaches which have been developed to understand human processes in organizations. It focuses on the impact of globalization and emerging communication technology on organizational processes, as well as the influence of organizational structure and hierarchy on communication and other organizational outcomes. Prerequisite: CO210.

 

CO–385 PRINT MEDIA EXPERIENCE
SPRING ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course provides students with practical on-campus journalism experience. Students work on the university newspaper, Triton's Call, under faculty supervision, reporting and writing on events relevant to the University community. Prerequisite: CO226 or concurrent enrollment.

 

CO–386 MASS MEDIA EXPERIENCE: BROADCASTING
AS REQUIRED/AS REQUIRED

3 credit hours

This course provides students with practical experience at local media outlets and the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in their previous courses to a real-world work environment. Prerequisite: CO236 or concurrent enrollment or consent of the instructor.

 

CO–398 COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This upper division course provides an optional, practical internship experience for students which will enhance their preparation for the professional world. Each student works 90 hours as an intern at a local business, organization, or government agency while also meeting with Instructor to integrate their educational knowledge and skills with their external experience. Prerequisites: 12 credit hours of Communication courses, junior standing or consent of instructor.

 

CO–410 SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES
AS REQUIRED/AS REQUIRED

3 credit hours

This course provides the opportunity for intensive study of a specific area of communication theory and practice. It may be repeated for credit, with transcript showing the topic studied.

 

CO–426 DOCUMENTARY PROCESS
SPRING ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course enables students to learn the processes by which historical, social, cultural events and/or phenomena are prepared for presentation on public media. Emphasis is on research, writing, and production concepts. Prerequisite: CO106, CO236 or consent of instructor.

 

CO–436 DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES
FALL ONLY/EVEN YEARS

3 credit hours

This course surveys the theory, practice ethical issues, and design of contemporary and new and emerging digital communication technologies. The course will focus on the problems and possibilities of such technologies. Students will be actively engaged in class written assignments and hands-on projects. Prerequisites: CO-106 and EN-111.

 

CO–450 COMMUNICATION THEORY AND RESEARCH
FALL ONLY/ODD YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is a survey of classical and recent communication theory and research, with emphasis on pertinent speech and mass communication professional literature, resources, and organizations, theory of scientific observation, methodology, and research, and modern Communication theory and research trends. Prerequisites: 6 credits of upper division communication courses.

 

CO–491 CURRENT ISSUES IN COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY
FALL/SPRING/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This seminar examines appropriate communication behavior. The discussions explore the need for ethical guidelines in all venues of communication with particular emphasis on conflict resolution, consensus reaching, and team-building. The seminar offers alternatives to the Western model of "communication as a contest." This course is a capstone for Communication majors in that it integrates key concepts from other courses as well as skills learned through the general education program. Prerequisites: CO210. Senior-level status.

 

CO–498 COMMUNICATION INTERNSHIP
FALL ONLY/ALL YEARS

3 credit hours

This course is designed as a "bridge" experience between the academic and professional worlds for Communication majors in their senior year. It offers students advanced training in professional skills prior to graduation. Each student works a number of hours each week as an intern at a local business or agency, while also meeting with the Instructor for cognitive integration of their learning experiences. Prerequisite: 18 credit hours of Communication courses, senior standing.