Completed Classes: Descriptions
Communication Studies Courses:
- COMS 5. The Communication Experience. Basic skills and introductory concepts necessary for effective communication in a variety of settings. Special emphasis on practical experiences within groups, facilitation of interpersonal relationships, and methods of conflict resolution.
- COMS 20A. Audio Production. Introduction to the theory and practice of audio production in radio, television, film and recording applications.
- COMS 20B. Audio Production Laboratory. Experience in audio console operation, microphone selection and use, and audio recording in radio, television, film and recording applications.
- COMS 26. Introduction to Capturing and Editing Digital Media. Developing skills in producing photographic, graphic and animated materials used for the World Wide Web and multimedia.
- COMS 100A. Survey of Communication Studies. Survey of various theories of communication. Attention given to such topics as verbal and nonverbal coding, information processing, interpersonal and small group communication, organizational communication, the structure and effects of mediated communication, rhetorical criticism, and research in communication.
- COMS 100C. Introduction to Scientific Methods in Communication Research. Empirical methods commonly applied during communication research. An introduction to the concepts fundamental to the scientific study of communication, including conceptual and operational definitions, sampling, measurement, experimental design, independent and dependent variables, and quantitative data analysis.
- COMS 106. Introduction to Digital Media. Artistic and instructional possibilities of multimedia. Introduction to the forms and aesthetics of media (text, graphic, audio and video), delivery systems (internet, CD-ROM, kiosks, DVD, LAN, etc,), production processes, and roles (content, writing, graphics, authoring, and project management). Specialized topics include operating systems, file formats, sampling, compression, and authoring software.
- COMS 121. Media Aesthetics. Overview and analysis of the primary aesthetic tools used to create messages in video and film. The basic properties of light, color, area, space, shape, sound, time and motion are defined and discussed as they relate to media production. Introduces students to the concepts and vocabulary necessary for effectively conceiving, producing or criticizing mediated messages. Designed primarily for students with interest in digital media. Provides a foundation for students working in media criticism.
- COMS 122. Writing for Interactive Media. Writing and editing for visual, audio, and interactive media. How to choose appropriate format and delivery mechanisms for news, web sites, kiosks, and CD/DVD. Topics include copyright law and information ethics.
- COMS 136. Introduction to Electronic Publishing. Design and production of information sites for the World Wide Web. Concepts covered include market analysis, cognitive design, layout, navigation, interactive strategies, site management, and multimedia
components for electronic distribution systems. Introduction to object oriented programs and XHTML text editors.
- COMS 144. Developing Rich Media Websites. An introduction to the creation of multimedia websites using current multimedia development software such as Flash. Emphasis will be placed on creating interactive video and formatting video programs for delivery over the WWW, extranets, or intranet.
- COMS 149. Multimedia Authoring. Basic multimedia authoring theory and skills. Text, graphics, audio, and video are synchronized into interactive media. Topics include 2D animation, interface design, and fundamentals of scripting language.
- COMS 170. Data Analysis in Communication Research. Introduction to the application of data analysis to the study of communication processes.
- COMS 171. Survey Methods in Communication Research. Techniques of survey research in communication, including sampling, questionnaire construction, interviewing, data analysis, and report writing. Each student designs and executes a research project.
- COMS 178. Virtual Communities on the Internet. The nature of communication in virtual communities on the Internet and the impact that these communities have on traditional communication media. Topics include: the interaction of real and cyber communities, self-publishing, educational uses of virtual communities, virtual self-governance, artificial intelligent agents, and the issues of security, privacy, and anonymity. Students will participate in structured on-line activities.
- COMS 184. Multimedia Project Planning, Management, and Completion. Traces the professional development of a digital media project from concept to completion. Students learn to manage time, money, personnel, software, and hardware to achieve communication objectives. Students work in a team to design a strategic plan, write a proposal, prepare a budget, negotiate a contract, and design a project. Projects are completed with assistance and feedback from the instructor, client, and working professionals.
- COMS 190. Computer-Mediated Communication. Provides an in-depth study of communication models and processes that can be used to describe the interaction of humans with computer networks. Topics covered include: theories of computer mediated communication, psychological effects of Internet usage, and the impact of Internet of social institutions such as government and the press.
- COMS 191. Senior Seminar in Telecommunications and Multimedia. Examines current issues in telecommunications and multimedia. Contemporary research and applications in these areas are analyzed with particular attention to social, political, cultural and economic impacts. Specific topics will vary
Computer Science Courses:
- CSC 1. Introduction to Computer Science. Fundamental concepts of computers, computation and programming; history and principles of computing; problem solving; input, output; data representation, storage, and file organization; computer hardware, networking and data communication; social, economic and ethical implications; computer security and privacy. Students will solve problems using a programming language.
- CSC 22. Visual Programming in BASIC. Computer Programming using Visual Basic. Topics include the Visual Basic Integrated Development Environment, visual user interface development, concepts of object-oriented programming, variables, control structures, arrays, functions, subroutines, strings, files, and database access. Applications will be created in areas such as business, games, and multimedia.
- CSC 80. Web Development with HTML/XHTML and Tools. Hands-on course covering the processes and guidelines for creating and customizing interactive webpages. Emphasis on use of HTML/XHTML, CSS, and tools to create webpages. HTML/XHTML syntax to create, format, and link documents. Use of tables, graphics, styles, forms, multimedia, and other features in webpages. Effective webpage design and website organization.
- CSC 120. Web Server Administration. Managing and maintaining Web servers. Administering open source and commercial Web servers, Web hosting alternatives, professional standards and practices of website hosting, Web server installation, configuration, management, and security. Selecting and using technologies to support professional quality websites.
- CSC 122. Web Database Applications. Fundamentals of building effective database-driven web applications. Particular emphasis on database access via web interfaces. Introduction to database management systems, their structure and usage, SQL, integrating web applications with databases, design and implementation of dynamic web database applications.
- CSC 123. Web Application Development. Developing multi-tiered enterprise-level Web applications. Standards of Web services and other current Web technologies, including XML, AJAX, and server-side programming such as Java EE, .NET, or PHP. Development of Web applications such as those used for e-commerce, e-business, and content management.
Photography and Design Courses:
- GPHD 10. Introduction to Digital Design. Designed to familiarize students with basic understanding of the digital hardware, software, and vocabulary utilized by visual artists from a variety of disciplines. Discussions and activities will cover both creative and efficient application of digital tools and techniques. Students will complete assignments utilizing a variety of applications which may include page layout, illustration, digital image processing, and 3-D rendering software.
- INTD 20. Design. Examination of the visual arts as expressed in architecture and interiors, community planning, painting and sculpture, furniture, ceramics, graphics, photography, clothing, and industrial design.
- ART 1B. Art in the Western World: From Renaissance to Present. Survey of architecture, crafts, painting, and sculpture of the Eastern Mediterranean and European cultures.
- PHOT 11. Digital Imaging. Acquaints students with digital photographic equipment and techniques. Lecture and demonstrations will cover hardware (cameras, computers, scanners and printers) and software used to create digital images. Ethical and legal issue will be discussed. Portfolio of digital photographs created in the computer lab required.
- PHOT 40. Basic Techniques of Photography. Introduction to basic camera and darkroom techniques. Concepts of visual organization, design and using light effectively are emphasized.
- PHOT 111. Intermediate Digital Imaging. Covers intermediate to advanced concepts and techniques in computer image processing, providing students with the ability to explore both new and previously mastered software and hardware applications. Emphasis is on using digital techniques to create and print effective and imaginative photographs. Lectures and demonstrations cover capture, manipulation, color management and pre-press techniques for a variety of output devices.
- PHOT 138. Color Photography A. Explores the theory and practice of color photographic vision, as applied to digital and film-based materials. Lecture topics will include: color theory, photographic optics, macro photography, visual concepts for multi-image presentation, color temperature and white balance, and color photographic vision. Students will present a final portfolio of images and program their own still images into a finished visual and audio presentation.
- PHOT 141. Intermediate Photography, Black and White. Theory and practice of techniques applicable to the production of black and white photographs. Concentration on the Zone System.