Sep 16, 2019  
2012-2013 General Catalog 
    
2012-2013 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG–FOR INFORMATION ONLY]

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Chemistry

  
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    CHEM 3990 - Undergraduate Research

    1 to 6 credits

    Lab and/or field course centered around helping the student conduct meaningful and novel research. Directed research and techniques used will be discussed. This course may be repeated for variable credit but credit earned in this course cannot be used to satisfy requirements for the major or minor. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (TBA)

    Prerequisite: Open to qualified students by permission from the instructor. Must be admitted to program.
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4110 - Biochemistry I

    4 credits

    A course designed to help the student develop an understanding of biochemical processes through an exploration of the vast research potential, as well as common molecular, cellular, and biochemical themes. Structure, function, and reactivity of biomolecules, as well as enzyme kinetics and mechanisms will be discussed in this semester. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ (2.0 or above) in CHEM 2320 /CHEM 2325  and BIOL 1620 /BIOL 1625  .
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4120 - Biochemistry II

    4 credits

    A continuation of CHEM 4110 . This semester deals with an introduction to the catabolic and anabolic processes of animal and plant metabolism. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ (2.0 or above) in CHEM 4110 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4160 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

    3 credits

    A course covering descriptive chemistry. Both main group and organometallic chemistry will be discussed. Three hours of lecture per week. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (Spring odd years)

    Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C (2.0 or above) in CHEM 3160  and admission to the program.
    Co-Requisite: CHEM 4165 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4165 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Lab

    1 credits

    Lab to accompany CHEM 4160 . A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (Spring odd years)

    Prerequisite: CHEM 4160 
    Co-Requisite: CHEM 4160 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4230 - Instrumental Analysis

    3 credits

    Theory and principles underlying the analytical applications of spectroscopy, spectrophotometry, colorimetry, magnetic resonance and chromatography. Three hours lecture per week.  A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (Spring even years)

    Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C (2.0 or above) in CHEM 3000 /CHEM 3005  or CHEM 3620 /CHEM 3625 .
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4240 - Analysis Laboratory

    2 credits

    Principles and practices of analytical lab work including quality assurance, gravimetric, volumetric, and instrumental techniques, raw data conversion, and proper reporting techniques. Six hours lab per week. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C (2.0 or above) in CHEM 4230  or permission of the instructor.
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4250 - Synthesis Laboratory

    2 credits

    A laboratory-intensive course centered on the examination and use of advanced synthetic techniques employed in a wide variety of research laboratories. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (Fall odd years)

    Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ (2.0 or above) in CHEM 2320 /CHEM 2325  and admission to the program.
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4540 - Selected Topics in Chemistry

    1 to 3 credits

    Explores advanced, modern and current topics in chemistry. The specific topic will appear on the students’ transcript. This course may be repeated with different topics, but a specific topic cannot be counted more than once for upper division credit. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (TBA)

    Prerequisite: Permission from instructor and admission to program.
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4890 - Internship

    1 to 8 credits

    A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (P/F)

    Prerequisite: Admission to program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHEM 4990 - Chemical Literature & Seminar

    1 credits

    A course for chemistry majors created to introduce prospective chemists to the chemical literature and literature searching techniques. Students will also learn how to prepare various technical manuscripts and gain experience in giving diverse types of oral presentations. A minimum grade of “C” (2.0 or above) must be earned in this course before it can be counted in a physical science major or minor or as a prerequisite for any other course. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: Limited to chemistry majors with a minimum grade of ‘C’ (2.0 or above) in CHEM 2320  or any upper division chemistry course.
    General Education Course: General Education Course: No

Chinese

  
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    CHIN 1010 - Beginning Mandarin Chinese I

    4 credits

    This course is an introduction to Mandarin Chinese.  It includes exposure to listening, speaking, reading, writing, some essential grammar and Chinese language and culture. (As Needed)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    CHIN 1020 - Beginning Mandarin Chinese II

    4 credits

    This course focuses on learning standard, everyday Mandarin phrases and dialogs, and reading and writing basic Chinese characters.  Emphases also includes using different registers depending on language contexts and cultural settings. (As Needed)

    Prerequisite: CHIN 1010  or equivalent
    General Education Course: No

Communication

  
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    COMM 1010 - Introduction to Communication

    3 credits

    Introduces aspects of human communication that develop and implement presentation of speeches and investigates and executes strategies, principles, and theories, of interpersonal communication. Students will learn the steps of building relationships, teamwork, interviewing skills, and research skills. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: Humanities Knowledge Area
  
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    COMM 1130 - Writing for Communications

    3 credits

    Focus on writing skills required for successful communication in media, strategic, and academic settings.  Class activities and homework assignments emphasize foundations of good writing; grammar, spelling, usage, vocabulary, punctuation, and style.  Student will learn diverse approaches used in media writing, strategic communication, and academic writing.  A secondary focus is avoiding plagiarism. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 1310 - Thinking & Listening Critically

    3 credits

    A study of critical thinking and reasoning skills toward messages delivered and received through various communication formats. The course is designed to aid the student in the ability to define a problem, select pertinent information for the solution of the problem, recognize stated and unstated assumptions, formulate and select relevant hypotheses, and make valid conclusions and inferences. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: Humanities Knowledge Area
  
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    COMM 1560 - Broadcast Production (Audio)

    3 credits

    Focus on effective communication of a message through live and digitally recorded production. Hands-on introduction to programming, music scheduling, news, public affairs, entertainment, sports, promotions, and advertising sales. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 1610 - News Writing

    3 credits

    Gathering and reporting facts. Gaining accuracy of observation, the ability to find the essential and significant details, and to report them clearly and with economy of diction and with fluency are in the aims of this course. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 2010 - Media & Society

    3 credits

    A study of the power and responsibility of newspapers, magazines, radio, television, computer networks, motion pictures students strive to improve media literacy and other mass media and their significance in contemporary society. (Spring)

    General Education Course: Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area
  
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    COMM 2110 - Interpersonal Communication

    3 credits

    A study of interpersonal communication variables and situations, designed to aid the student in improving social relationships, increasing self-awareness and in using effective communication to achieve personal goals. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: Humanities Knowledge Area
  
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    COMM 2120 - Team Work, Decision Making & Leadership

    3 credits

    A functional approach to effective performance with emphasis on how a person works in teams, develops decision making skills, and learns the roles and values of becoming an effective leader. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 2150 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credits

    A study of the ways people communicate within and between cultures, including a consideration of cultural contexts and the relationship between culture and communication. (Spring)

    General Education Course: Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area
  
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    COMM 2200 - Broadcast Production (T.V.)

    3 credits

    This course offers a non-technical consideration of TV production basics, including camera operation, editing, lighting, performance, and general studio and field operations. Students will be taught both studio production and field production techniques. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 2300 - Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations

    3 credits

    The course is a foundation course for the Strategic Communication emphasis.  It introduces the concepts, theories, practices of public relations and advertising to meet a variety of organizational goals.  The focus of the course is on organizational issues in public relations and advertising firms and the role of strategic communication in the process of marketing and strategic campaigns. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No.
  
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    COMM 2950 - Public Relations Management

    3 credits

    This course is designed to help students develop and refine skills in strategic analysis and planning needed for a career in public relations. In addition to studying specific case studies of how professionals addressed situations, students analyze and write case studies based on projected problems or opportunities. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 2300 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3020 - Communication Research

    3 credits

    This course emphasizes empirical and critical research appropriate for understanding mediated communication. An emphasis is placed on conducting surveys, focus groups, content analysis, and social marketing methods. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3040 - News Editing

    3 credits

    Practical applications of editing procedures to make news stories readable, factually accurate and grammatically correct. Emphasizes AP style, discusses legal and ethical concerns in the newsroom and utilizes on-line applications. Includes rigorous practice in editing copy, writing headlines, and composing picture captions as these relate to news stories. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 1610 


    General Education Course: No

  
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    COMM 3070 - Communication Graphics

    3 credits

    A study of current graphic media production techniques and software using the PC computer, including desk-top publishing, web design and photographic manipulation as applied to advertising, public relations and publication. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3080 - Advertising, Copywriting & Layout

    3 credits

    This course develops advertising and layout skills. Visual design principles as well as copywriting techniques applicable to various advertising media will be studied. Practical experience will include laying out and preparing ads for publication. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: COMM 2300 , COMM 3070 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3090 - Introduction to Digital Photojournalism

    3 credits

    Photography for publication in print and on-line media using digital technology. News advertising, public relations, feature, sports, lifestyle, photo essay and documentary applications. 3 hours combined lecture and lab. Lab fee required. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3140 - Writing for Media Audiences

    3 credits

    Writing factual material for broadcast, print, and the Internet. (Spring even years)

    Prerequisite: COMM 1610 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3150 - Nonverbal Communication

    3 credits

    A study of the sub-codes of nonverbal communication and how they affect human communication patterns and interpersonal relationships. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3460 - Broadcast Management

    3 credits

    A practical approach to the study of management in a broadcast/cable setting. Emphasis will include management techniques, programming practices, sales management techniques, and basic audience analysis. (Spring odd years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3501 - Practicum-PR-Ad Lab

    1 to 4 credits

    A course designed to provide real world experience in sales, creative strategy, advertising design, copywriting, production, and media buying. Instructor’s signature required. Courses 3501 through 3504 may be repeated. Only 4 credit hours of each practicum can count toward the major. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite:  COMM 2300 COMM 3070 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3502 - Practicum-News Lab

    3 credits

    A lab course designed to give students experience in writing, editing and publishing. Students will work on the University newspaper. Courses 3501 through 3504 may be repeated. Only 4 credit hours of each practicum can count toward the major. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 1130 COMM 1610 COMM 2010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3503 - Practicum-Radio Lab

    1 to 4 credits

    Supervised work on the University’s FM station, KSUU FM. Courses 3501 through 3504 may be repeated. Only 4 credit hours of each practicum can count toward the major. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 1560 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3504 - Practicum-TV Lab

    1 to 4 credits

    A television lab experience which results in public affairs, news, documentary, sports and educational programming for the University cable station. Courses 3501 through 3504 may be repeated. Only 4 credit hours of each practicum can count toward the major. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200  at SUU
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3810 - Advanced Public Speaking

    3 credits

    Advanced principles of public speaking and their practical implementation for effective communication presentations in academic and corporate settings. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 1010 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3850 - Organizational Communication

    3 credits

    A study of intra-and inter-organizational communication functions, message systems and subsystems; information flow and the factors that expedite or impede it. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 3950 - Strategic Communication Writing

    3 credits

    This course focuses on planning and executing effective communication programs. The course emphasizes refining writing skills by planning and designing the various types of documents–proposals, press releases, news and feature stories, scripts, advertising and promotional copy, position papers, speeches, etc.–commonly used in public relations practice. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: COMM 1130 or COMM 1610 ,COMM 2300 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4010 - Persuasion

    3 credits

    Advanced study of theories and models of persuasion. Stress on the literature of attitude and behavior change. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: COMM 3020 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4020 - Applied Communication Ethics

    3 credits

    This course focuses on applied ethics in the news media and strategic communication professions.  It encourages students to integrate moral reasoning with principled decision-making as they confront dilemmas in journalism, public relations and advertising involving information, truth, deception, fairness, bias, conflicts of interest, privacy, censorship and the media’s unique role in society. (Fall, As Needed)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4050 - Mass Media Theory & Effects

    3 credits

    An examination of theoretical underpinnings of mass media, with a focus on the effects of media on society, institutions, and individuals. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 3020 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4140 - Advanced Media Writing

    3 credits

    This course will give each student a chance to study advanced reporting, principles of newspaper and magazine layout and apply as many of the principles as possible through the course assignments. (Spring even years)

    Prerequisite: COMM 1130 or COMM 1610 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4240 - Technical Writing

    3 credits

    This course focuses on practical types of writing used in business and industry. Using principles of analyzing and planning to meet the reader’s informational needs, students produce proposals, instructions and the various types of informative and persuasive reports used in organizations. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4260 - Media Law

    3 credits

    An overview of legal and ethical considerations for practitioners of mass communication. Topic areas include (but are not limited to) libel law, privacy law, broadcast regulations, advertising regulation, and First Amendment law. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4280 - Advertising Strategies

    3 credits

    Practical preparation in audience analysis, advertising goals and budgets, creating an effective media plan and strategic media buying. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 3080 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4350 - Communication Theory

    3 credits

    Theoretical approaches to the study of human communication. (Spring, Fall)

    Prerequisite: COMM 3020 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4440 - Feature Writing

    3 credits

    Instruction and practical experience in feature writing for newspapers and other periodicals. Areas of concentration include writing styles; points of view; leads and endings; use of resources such as note taking, tape recorders, etc; interviewing ideas and seeing and finding the feature story. (Spring odd years)

    Prerequisite: COMM 1610 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4501 - Conflict Management

    3 credits

    Designed to familiarize students with the many factors that contribute to interpersonal conflicts and the communication skills for productive conflict management or resolution. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4502 - Political Communication

    3 credits

    A study of how symbols are used when communicating in a public context. Emphasis is placed on understanding the discourse of contemporary prominent political speakers, how radio and television have shaped political discourse, the role of political debates and the communication strategies employed in mass advertising campaigns. Specific attention is placed on understanding the effects of the media on political persuasion. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4503 - Human Resource Development

    3 credits

    How to design, develop and implement training programs in organizations; principles of career coaching, counseling and retraining to aid employees. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4504 - Health Communication

    3 credits

    Provides students with a systematic investigation of the creation, dissemination, and impact of significant health messages/definitions. Topics include: patient provider interaction, health narratives, public health campaigns, media coverage/portrayals, social support and the Internet. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4506 - Family Communication

    3 credits

    Family Communication examines the foundations and framework of basic family processes, and family systems. Including problematic issues in family communication, stress, divorce, health, critical listening and thinking habits. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4600 - Topics in Communication

    3 credits

    Discussion of contemporary communication topics varying by semester. Repeatable with different topic up to 9 credits toward the major. Check department for upcoming topics. (Variable)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4750 - Advanced Video Editing

    3 credits

    Advanced video editing including linear and nonlinear methods, digital production, and effective post-production skills. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200 , COMM 3504 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4760 - Television Field Production

    3 credits

    Concentrated work in the production of on-location television programs. Work will include news, sports, public affairs and documentary productions. Students will work individually and in groups learning proper preproduction, production and post-production techniques. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 2200  at SUU; COMM 3504  and COMM 4750  recommended.
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4800 - Individual Projects

    1 to 3 credits

    In consultation with an instructor, the student selects an area for independent research and/or production in advertising, interpersonal communication, public relations, writing, publishing, still or motion picture photography or broadcasting. (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4830 - Readings and Conferences

    1 to 3 credits

    (P/F) (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: Approval of instructor
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4890 - Internship in Communication

    1 to 9 credits

    Provides the student with hands-on experience in advertising, news writing, editing, photography, publication layout and design, public relations, broadcasting or human resource development under the direct supervision of a qualified professional communicator. Only (3) can count toward the major. (P/F) (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4900 - Teaching Communication

    2 credits

    Materials and methods of teaching speech communication broadcasting and journalism in secondary schools, including the preparation of typical unit plans and lesson plans and the supervision of co-curricular activities. (Must be taken through SUU Independent Study.)

    Co-Requisite: COMM 4901 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4901 - Teaching Communication Lab

    1 credits

    Application in experiential settings of the principles discussed in COMM 4900 . (Must be taken through SUU Independent Study.)

    Co-Requisite: COMM 4900 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4950 - Public Relations Campaigns

    3 credits

    This course will mix discussion of issues and problems in public relations with hands-on program development as students research, plan and execute a campaign for a client. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: COMM 2300  , COMM 2950 , COMM 3950 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 4980 - Student Teaching

    2 credits

    (P/F) (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6000 - Comm & Professional Development

    1 credits

    Students learn to successfully navigate graduate education, engage in research and professional activities, prepare portfolios, resumes/CVs. Targeted to student needs at various stages in the program. (P/F) (Fall, Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6010 - Communication Theory

    3 credits

    This course involves the systematic discussion and analysis of message phenomena. Objective and interpretive theories will be studied across communication context, including interpersonal, small group and public communication, organization, mass media, and culture. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: Admission into Graduate Program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6020 - Qualitative Applications for Communication Research

    3 credits

    Examination of the fundamentals and relative strengths of various research designs, with their associated theoretical bases and specific applications of the most common research methods in communication. Qualitative and quantitative approaches, designs, and applications will be practiced and historical and legal research will be discussed. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6030 - Quantitative Applications for Communication Research

    3 credits

    Quantitative research design, with emphasis on content analysis and experimental research. Basic statistics overview; advanced treatment of measurement decisions and selected parametric and non-parametric statistics. Students will critique quantitative studies; design, propose and conduct group quantitative studies; and present findings. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6040 - Prof Writing & Presentations

    3 credits

    This course is designed to strengthen and enhance the writing and presentation skills required by the professional communicator. It will teach students professional narrative styles that are used in preparing funding proposals, executive plans, narrative histories, organizational descriptions, web sites and marketing materials. Students will learn techniques of working with HTML to develop Internet applications and effective strategies for persuasive oral presentations in professional applications. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: Admission to MPC or MFA program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6050 - Communication Ethics

    3 credits

    This course helps students understand ethics as a philosophical discipline while developing foundations that will allow them to integrate moral reasoning with principled decision-making. A focus on normative ethics is designed to help students confront dilemmas involving truth, deception, fairness, bias, conflict of interest, privacy and censorship. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6110 - Seminar in Interpersonal Communication

    3 credits

    Applied research in dyadic and small group communication, with emphasis on recent research and theoretical developments, in case studies, and experimental/experiential approaches. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: Admission into Graduate Program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6120 - Seminar in Organizational Communication

    3 credits

    Study of the theory and research on human communication in complex organizations and society including the communicative impact of organizations on society. Specific topics include structure, function, decision making, leadership, organizational culture, and power and control. Traditional, interpretive and critical approaches will be utilized. (Spring odd years)

    Prerequisite: Admission into Graduate Program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6125 - Leadership in Communication

    3 credits

    Examines various dimensions of leadership styles, concepts, principles, and theories of leadership in the context of communication in problem solving processes, leadership skills and management, roles of leadership in complex environments. (Spring odd years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6135 - Health Communication

    3 credits

    Examines current research in health communication (e.g., patient-provider interaction, advertising trends, health campaigns) with relevant application for practitioners and consumers of health communication messages/services. Provides research opportunities applicable to career goals in academic and professional work. (Spring even years)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6140 - Communication & Popular Culture

    3 credits

    Examines influential texts (e.g., YouTube, TV, Film, Advertisements) students consume daily. Focuses on ways these discourses create identity and collective understanding. Explores message forms like irony and cynicism and their implications for critical thinking and consumption. (As Needed)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6210 - Seminar in Strategic Communication

    3 credits

    This seminar discusses advanced issues in advertising and public relations and how practitioners respond to and manage issues and events with emphasis on recent research and theoretical developments, case studies, and experimental approaches. (Fall even years)

    Prerequisite: Admission into Graduate Program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6220 - Seminar in Contemporary Audiences

    3 credits

    This course focuses on surveys, polls, and sampling procedures to generate information about targeted audiences and public. Applications of select research methodologies such as ethnographic and demographic research and other methods will be used to describe mass audiences. (Spring even years)

    Prerequisite: Admission to Communication MA Program
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6240 - Current Issues in Communication

    3 credits

    Current Issues in Communication Discussion of contemporary communication topics varying by semester. Repeatable with different topics up to 6 credits toward the master’s degree. Check department for upcoming topics. (Offered as needed)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6850 - Individual Graduate Research

    3 credits

    The project is individually arranged and negotiated with a faculty advisor to provide students an opportunity to gain experience in a communication field. This project is distinct from a capstone project. (P/F) (As needed)

    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6891 - Graduate Internship

    1 to 3 credits

    The internship is individually arranged to provide students with an opportunity to gain professional experience in a communication field while working under and with practicing professionals. This internship is distinct from a possible capstone internship. (P/F) (As Needed)

    Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
    General Education Course: No
  
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    COMM 6900 - Masters Capstone

    6 credits

    A capstone project demonstrating the ability to complete a sustained professional project working in consultation with the Graduate Committee. Students conceive, research, and produce a project in a relevant area of communication. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: Most, if not all, coursework and approval from Graduate Committee
    General Education Course: No

Computer Science and Information Systems

  
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    CSIS 1000 - Intro to Computer Applications & the Internet

    3 credits

    Designed to explore concepts of microcomputer systems. Concepts include: windows and general information, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentations, and the Internet. Students will gain proficiency with the basic command structures of each application in an integrated office suite. Fulfills general education-computer literacy requirement. Recommend typing speed of at least 25 wpm. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: Computer Literacy Requirement
  
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    CSIS 1010 - Electronic Commerce and the Global Society

    3 credits

    Designed to explore landscape of Electronic Commerce and its evolutionary process. Students examine the E-commerce process, real-world applications that reflect changes in the economy, how businesses are responding, and the latest technological developments, such as wireless technology. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    General Education Course: Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge Area
  
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    CSIS 1040 - Intro to Programming with MatLab

    3 credits

    An introduction to computer programming. Topics to be covered include syntax, control structures, arrays, functions, methods, input and output. Emphasis is placed on modifying and developing simple applications in matLab/Simulink and C/C++. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: MATH 1010  or ACT of 23 or higher
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 1400 - Fundamentals of Programming

    3 credits

    An introduction to computer programming. Topics to be covered include: program design, program implementation techniques, programming constructs, console output, class design, and basic familiarity with the API. Emphasis is placed on modifying and developing simple applications. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: MATH 1010  or ACT of 23 or higher
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 1410 - Object Oriented Programming

    3 credits

    A continuation of CSIS 1400  featuring the use of APIs and problem solving strategies to create, test and debug interactive object oriented programs. Topics to be covered include recursion, exception handling, reusability, and program design. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: CSIS 1400 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 2000 - Web Development

    3 credits

    Designed to develop web pages using HTML and other web page authoring software programs. Students will create several web pages and publish them to a web server. Some advanced features will be introduced. (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: CSIS 1000  or ART 2210 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 2010 - Computer Applications

    3 credits

    Students will learn the use of advanced features found in an integrated office productivity suite and will utilize word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, and database applications to solve a variety of business situations. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

    Prerequisite: CSIS 1000 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 2420 - Introduction to Algorithms & Data Structures

    3 credits

    Concepts and theory of data structures and algorithm analysis. Understanding basic data structures such as lists, stacks, queues, trees, graphs, and hash tables. Further exploration of objected oriented programming and the software development process. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CSIS 1410 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 2600 - Data Communications & Networking

    3 credits

    Designed as a telecommunications and networking foundation in network connectivity, data communication concepts and communication protocols. Students learn to analyze cost-benefits and to evaluate, select, and implement different communication options. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 2620 - Network Administration I

    3 credits

    Designed to develop practical skills necessary to effectively administer a multi-platform network in a working environment. Issues include: user security and printer management; implementation of directory structures; network documentation; file system management; and software distribution methods. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: CSIS 1000  or equivalent and CSIS 2600 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 2670 - Information Security & Assurance

    3 credits

    Introduces students to the management, technical, and administrative aspects of Information Security. Includes legal and ethical issues, risk management, technical and physical security. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: CSIS 2600 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 2810 - Computer Organization & Architecture

    3 credits

    This course builds on students understanding of interface between computer software and hardware. Topics for this course include processor architecture, computer arithmetic, instruction set architecture, assembly language and its relation to higher level languages, computer performance analysis, basic concepts on pipeline, introduction to memory management, Computer IO, and disk storage systems. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: EET 2780 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 2890 - Internship

    1 to 6 credits

    (P/F) (Fall, Spring)

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 3000 - Advanced Algorithms & Data Structures

    3 credits

    This course is a survey of the most effective algorithms currently in use for a wide variety of problems and their usage in program design. Characteristics and performance of algorithms are studied. Advanced object oriented programming techniques are emphasized. (Spring)

    Prerequisite: CSIS 2420  and MATH 1630 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 3050 - Environments of Information Systems

    3 credits

    Introduces fundamental principles of information systems and their strategic use. Describes the role of information technology in organizations and business environments. Explains Web-based technologies, enterprise-level applications, managerial and decision support systems, and the implementation and management of IT. (Fall)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 3100 - Systems Analysis and Design

    3 credits

    Practical introduction to major phases, activities, tools, and techniques of systems analysis, design, and development, emphasizing the role of systems analysts in organizations and dynamic, business environments. Students develop analytical, problem-solving, decision-making, and critical-thinking skills. (Spring)

    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 3150 - C and C++ Programming

    3 credits

    An introduction to C and C++ for students with previous programming experience in Java. Topics include C and C++ syntax and constructs, the Standard Template Library, and advanced problem solving techniques in both languages. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: CSIS 2420 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 3200 - Database Design & Management

    3 credits

    Introduction to database management systems, database processing, data modeling, database, database design, development and implementation. Contrasts alternative modeling approaches. Includes implementation of current DBMS tools and SQL. (Fall)

    Prerequisite: CSIS 1000 
    General Education Course: No
  
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    CSIS 3400 - Graphics Programming

    3 credits

    This course provides a solid introduction to modern computer graphics concepts and programming techniques. Topics include object modeling, 3D transformations, shading models, ray tracing, and advanced rendering techniques. Students will gain substantial experience in programming using the OpenGL library. (Fall even years)

    Prerequisite: CSIS 2420 
    General Education Course: No
 

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