Communications (COM) Courses
COM 100 Human Communication (3-0) 3 hrs.
Communication is a fundamental skill that is a necessity in order to: build and maintain positive relationships in a personal and professional environment; convey clearly organized messages to public audiences; work effectively in groups; and effectively perform during job interviews. This course focuses on the development of basic communication skills necessary to achieve goals in a variety of communication episodes and contexts. While students will have the opportunity to develop many communication skills, this course primarily focuses on oral communication skills in a variety of contexts. This course carries SUNY General Education Basic Communication: Oral credit. View Course Syllabus
COM 110 Public Speaking (3-0) 3 hrs.
A primary objective of the course is to develop skill in oral communication by helping the student to understand the principles of good public speaking: organization, audience analysis, language, and presentation techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the development of self-confidence. This course carries SUNY General Education Basic Communication: Oral credit. View Course Syllabus
COM 111 Voice and Diction (3-0) 3 hrs.
A one semester course in the improvement of the speaking voice through vocal techniques and the interpretation of literature. View Course Syllabus
COM 115 Interpersonal Communication (3-0) 3 hrs.
The course focuses on the development of the interpersonal communication skills necessary for building and maintaining positive relationships in both a personal and professional environment. Topics of study will include an orientation to interpersonal communication, verbal and non-verbal communication in career and personal relationships, perception of self and others, listening, managing conflict, response skills, cultural and gender considerations, characteristics of leadership and effective work groups, and job interviewing. Students will study various theories and practice skill development. This course carries SUNY General Education Basic Communication: Oral credit. View Course Syllabus
COM 122 Video Advertising (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course is a workshop in planning, writing, producing, videotaping and editing video advertisements for television and the web. Students will receive experience in writing, production techniques (shooting and editing) and the evaluation of video ads. (Also listed as BUS 122) View Course Syllabus
COM 123 Video Production I (4-0) 4 hrs.
This course introduces students to the basic techniques of video production. Students will be given hands-on experience in camera operation, lighting, sound, computer graphics, switching, directing, and video tape editing. Experience with the local Public Access Television Channel (FLTV) is included. View Course Syllabus
COM 124 Video Production II (4-0) 4 hrs.
This course provides advanced work in video production techniques. Students work in groups to develop and produce newscasts that are televised on the local, public access cable television channel, FLTV. Emphasis is placed on script writing, news writing, videography and editing. Experience with FLTV is included. Prerequisites: COM 123 or equivalent experience. View Course Syllabus
COM 200 Audio for Film and Video (3-1) 3 hrs.
This course is an exploration of the principles of digital audio in today’s recording and multi-media industries. Topics discussed include: digital audio fundamentals, synchronization, recording, editing, and mixing audio for the film, video, and video gaming industries. Students will apply these principles via creating projects using Avid’s Pro Tools software. (Also listed as DIG 200) View Course Syllabus
COM 202 Introduction to Mass Communication (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course is designed to orient students to the field of Mass Communication and its impact and influence on their lives. Included is an overview of the field and discussion of the traditional mass media industries (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, movies and music) as well as new and emerging media. Regulations, responsibilities, convergence and the cultural impact of traditional and new media are discussed and evaluated. View Course Syllabus
COM 203 Public Relations (3-0) 3 hrs.
This survey course in Public Relations introduces students to the field of public relations. It will describe the responsibility and roles of the public relations professional in private and public companies. Prerequisite: ENG 101 Prerequisites: ENG 101. (Also listed as BUS 203) View Course Syllabus
COM 210 Communications Practicum (2-0) 2 hrs.
Work experiences are arranged on-campus and with appropriate off-campus agencies to provide students with practical experience in advertising, public relations, radio, journalism, video production and new media. Prerequisites: Permission of the Instructor and a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0 View Course Syllabus
COM 215 Script Writing (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of developing and writing original scripts for film, television and multimedia. The course emphasizes proper script formats, theme, story, plot, dialogue, character arc, and the process of developing and writing a script. Prerequisite: ENG 102. View Course Syllabus
COM 220 Digital Video Editing (3-0) 3 hrs.
This course is designed to enhance students’ video editing skills through the hands-on use of nonlinear video editing software. Students will learn the fundamental and advanced capabilities of these sophisticated digital systems, which are widely used in professional video production. Prerequisite: COM 123 or equivalent experience. View Course Syllabus
COM 223 Media Writing (3-0) 3 hrs.
This is an introductory course into the skills of the practicing journalist. Emphasis will be on the study of newsgathering and news writing. Students will employ these skills in the production of material suitable for publication in print and electronic media. Prerequisite: ENG 101. (Also listed as ENG 223) View Course Syllabus