Communications & Media

Programs & Courses

Programs

 
 
 

Courses

COMM-1000 Communications and Media: (3.0 credit hours) This course introduces students to mass communications and media with a focus on Canada. The course will investigate topics such as how media shapes our understanding of ourselves and our society, the ethics of public communication, and the industry structures that govern how we tell stories. The course includes a creative production component. A technology fee will be assessed for this course.

COMM-2000 New Media: (3.0 credit hours) This course investigates the user-experience, theory, and current trends in the field of New Media. The course’s core interests are in identifying and understanding the principles of New Media design and experience, and in applying these principles to the analysis of New Media artefacts and environments. The course will enhance the capacity of students to understand, design, and assess current and future developments in emergent digital media. A technology fee will be assessed for this course.

COMM-2010 Digital Video Storytelling: (3.0 credit hours) This is an introductory course in film-style production in the medium of digital video. Instruction will include all the elements of production, including scriptwriting, storyboarding, videography, sound, lighting, and editing. A core interest of the course is to understand the technical and aesthetic language of images in motion. Students work in creative, collaborative teams to produce several short video pieces. A technology fee will be assessed for this course. 

COMM-2015, 3015, 4015 Media Skills Workshops: (3.0 credit hours) These workshops offer technical training in various aspects of applied media production. They are often linked to the production of specific internal or external projects. A student may enrol multiple times in workshops designed as production team experiences, provided the student takes on a unique role in the team each time. Some workshops require that students be available for particular events. A technology fee will be assessed for this course. Prerequisite: For production team workshops, admission will be on the basis of an interview for a place in the team.  

COMM-2020 Oral Communication: (3.0 credit hours) This course covers the theory and practice of formal and informal speeches, presentations, interviews, meetings, and other forms of oral communication. The course is designed to enhance public speaking ability, and seeks to develop skills in the use of microphones, visual aids, and body language for engaging small and large audiences.

COMM-2040 Audio Engineering and Production Techniques: (3.0 credit hours) An introduction to the techniques and technologies of audio recording production. The primary focus is recording in a studio environment. Remote location recording, live sound, multi-media production and broadcasting also are covered. A practical component includes recording music ensembles, voiceovers, and assisting in an audio production. A technology fee will be assessed for this course. 

COMM-2050 Graphic Design: (3.0 credit hours) A study of the creative use of the elements and principles of design as applied to the problems of graphic communication, and of the use of symbols, pictographs, writing and letter forms. A technology fee will be assessed for this course.   

COMM-2060 Journalism—Principles and Practice:  (3.0 credit hours) This course studies the principles and practices of journalism that can be applied to all media.  Students examine the nature and role of the media, evaluate the news processes, consider the role of reporters, and learn basic journalism practices, including how to conduct an interview, how to write various kinds of articles, and how to do research for journalism.  A technology fee will be assessed for this course.

COMM-2070 Broadcasting:  (3.0 credit hours) This course surveys the principles, production, and critique of various kinds of broadcast media. It also covers hands-on components of radio production, including news gathering, writing, editing, and effective delivery. A technology fee will be assessed for this course.   

BUSI/COMM-2080 Business and Organizational Communications: (3.0 credit hours) This course will cover oral and written communications used in business and organizational settings. Topics covered include methods of logic, organization, analysis, presentation and mechanics of written and oral communication. The course is designed to improve students’ writing and public speaking skills. Prerequisites: BUSI-1000 or IDS-1110 or COMM-1000.

COMM-2115, 3115, 4115 Media Skills Workshops: (1.0 credit hour) These workshops offer technical training in various aspects of applied media production. They are often linked to the production of specific internal or external projects.  A student may enrol multiple times in workshops designed as production team experiences, provided the student takes on a unique role in the team each time. Some workshops require that students be available for particular events. A technology fee will be assessed for this course. Prerequisite: For production team workshops, admission will be on the basis of an interview for a place in the team.

COMM-2116, 3116, 4116 Media Skills Workshops: (2.0 credit hours) These workshops offer technical training in various aspects of applied media production. They are often linked to the production of specific internal or external projects. A student may enrol multiple times in workshops designed as production team experiences, provided the student takes on a unique role in the team each time. Some workshops require that students be available for particular events. A technology fee will be assessed for this course. Prerequisite: For production team workshops, admission will be on the basis of an interview for a place in the team.

COMM-2950 Topics in Communications and Media: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisites: To be determined, depending on the topic.

POLS/COMM/SOCI-3000 Politics, Society and Mass Media: (3.0 credit hours) This course examines the relationship between the mass communications media and the political and social processes in which they operate, investigating the state of research on mass media, the role of media in creating and shaping political awareness, and in influencing human behaviour and values. Examples of topics which may be covered are: media ownership and organization patterns, media in the electoral process, the media in developing nations, the media and globalization, propaganda, media freedom and public opinion. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, including 6 credit hours in social science.

COMM-3010 Theories of Communication in Everyday Life: (3.0 credit hours) This course analyzes the character and significance of theory in communication and media studies. Various domains of everyday communication such as interpersonal, group, cross-cultural and mass media will be investigated through classical and contemporary communication theory. Prerequisite: COMM-1000 and 30 credit hours of university-level studies, or permission of the instructor.

COMM-3015 Media Workshop: (3.0 credit hours) This workshop is an applied media production experience focused primarily on media storytelling. Production teams will be mentored and supervised by CMU faculty and staff. The workshop will include focused training modules for particular aspects of media production. It will assist students in quality portfolio development.  Students will work cooperatively on projects, which will normally be determined in consultation with the Communications and Marketing Department at CMU. The course may occasionally be offered as an intensive skills-building weekend workshop. The workshop may include a media production tour.  A technology fee will be assessed for this course. Prerequisite: COMM-2015

COMM-3020 Group Communication and Creative Process: (3.0 credit hours) This course surveys the theory and practice of communication within small groups in various contexts, exploring topics such as: roles; leadership and participation; brainstorming and idea assessment; group formation and team building; conflict; and problem solving and decision-making. Students will develop understanding and skills applicable in secondary groups such as work and activity groups, committees, boards, and media production teams, Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, or permission of the instructor.

COMM-3030 Public Relations: (3.0 credit hours) This course examines the principles and practices of communication between corporate, public, and not-for-profit organizations and their various constituencies. It includes the study of public opinion research, communication campaigns, media relations, consumer identity, and representational ethics. Students learn basic skills including: assessing needs; designing, planning and evaluating communication strategies; writing news releases and planning news conferences. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies, or permission of the instructor.

COMM-3950 Topics in Communications and Media: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors.  Prerequisite: COMM-1000 and 30 credit hours of university-level studies.

COMM-4000 Thesis in Communications and Media: (6.0 credit hours) This course is restricted to students completing the Bachelor of Arts, four-year major. For information on eligibility, due dates, procedures, and requirements, students should request a document from the Registrar’s Office. Approval of the application will be contingent on the availability of faculty members to serve as thesis advisor and second reader.

COMM-4950 Independent Study in Communications and Media: (3.0 credit hours) A study in a specific area of Communications and Media under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: COMM-1000, and a minimum of 60 credit hours of university-level studies.

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