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Students will obtain a mastery of operating systems concepts and a foundation of the boot process in this broad background course. They will apply their skills to maintaining disks and files, and building and maintaining shell scripts/batch programs. Examples of the role, scope, and complexity of operating systems are provided. Effective use of utility software is emphasized. The course is taught using MS Windows and Redhat Linux software.
Students complete an approved work experience or a project related to the study of computer information systems. Prerequisite: By advisement.
Students practice critical listening, a variety of public speaking situations, language usage, and interpersonal skills. Emphasis is placed on confidence building through research, extemporaneous delivery, and audiovisual reinforcement. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
Students gain practical experience in speaking situations, group discussion, and informative and persuasive presentations. Emphasis is on confidence-building through extemporaneous delivery and through audiovisual resources. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
This course will promote the idea of news literacy by exposing students to a wide variety of news sources across the media. Students will learn to make critical evaluations of news sources for accuracy and bias. The development of a reliable personal information system for gathering information and examining diverse points of view will be stressed.
Students will explore and gain experience preparing a variety of scripts for the electronic media, including commercials, promotions, public service announcements, examples of broadcast journalism, radio plays, and teleplays. In addition to formats, students will learn the elements of technical production needed to produce a viable media product as well as perform or produce their scripts in the appropriate medium. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
This course will offer honor students the opportunity to develop and hone their public speaking skills through research, analytical, critical, and practical exercises designed to explore the elements, the structure and the rhetoric of public speaking. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 171 or the permission of the Honors Program Director.
This is a performance course stressing basic techniques of reading aloud; the relationship of appreciation to interpretation; and the evaluation and analysis of selections from prose, poetry, and drama. A major emphasis of the course is on classroom performance and participation in a Readers Theater production. Prerequisite: COM 103 or COM 105 or by advisement.
The esthetics of the film is presented in this course. In order to provide students with an enriched experience in film watching, emphasis is on techniques used by a director. Students view and discuss selected films. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
This course introduces students to the process and techniques of journalism with a hands-on approach that will focus on the writing and editing of a variety of news stories and short features. While the emphasis will be an application to print media, photojournalism as well as internet and broadcast journalism will be explored. Members of the class act as the staff of the campus online newspaper and are expected to contribute articles to it as part of their course requirements. NOTE: An average of an additional 30 hours outside of class time is required to cover events, conduct interviews and get source material for stories. Prerequisites: COM 111 and ENG 102.
Students will explore the applications available for content and connection on the internet. Journalism skills and writing for online media are emphasized, along with design for digital media. Other topics covered include legal and ethical problems emerging in online media and media convergence. Prerequisites: COM 111 or student fulfilling requirements for the third semester of COM film track sequence.
In this course single camera digital videography and non-linear editing will be taught through a series of exercises resulting in a series of short films exploring both documentary and fiction genres. Prerequisite: COM 127 or permission of instructor, COM 131 recommended.
This course will introduce the elements and techniques of screenwriting allowing students to develop their ideas into treatments, scenarios and screenplays. Students will learn skills of analysis, research, and writing necessary for success within this form. Prerequisites: ENG 101 & COM 131.
Students will be engaged in an academic and or practical learning experience within the areas of Communication and Media Arts outside the scope of other departmental offerings. The parameters of the independent study will be established between the student and the participating instructor under the supervision of the department. A contract specifying the topic, hours and a method of evaluation will be signed by the parties for the credits earned. The student will keep a logbook for the duration of the course showing a minimum of 120 hours. This opportunity will be open to second year students with the approval and advisement of the student's academic advisor and the department chairperson.
Students will be engaged in practical work experience within the areas of Communications and Media Arts. The parameters of the internship will be established between the student and the hosting organization under the department's supervision. A contract specifying hours and a method of evaluation will be signed by the parties with sufficient hours for the credits earned. This opportunity will be open to second-year students, with the approval of the student's academic advisor and the department chairperson.
This is a four (4) credit course designed to provide students with essential study, reading and writing skills to enhance their academic college experiences. Students will receive instruction and practice in a wide variety of study, test/note taking, reading, and writing strategies. An emphasis will be placed on critical reading with a focus on higher-level comprehension and vocabulary skills needed in a variety of academic disciplines. An additional lab component will augment the course and provide individualized practice in specific skills.
Structures and processes in the administration of criminal justice are explored in this course, which provides an analysis of the operation of the criminal process as a system from arrest through conviction and treatment.
This course examines criminal justice report writing as a process, with emphasis on blending information, form, and written and oral expression to develop a clear, concise, and accurate account of an incident/event. Emphasis will be placed on the field notebook in investigations and recording incident details. We will also discuss the field notebook's use in recording relevant facts and details so that they may be referenced at a later time for report writing. The report writing process will incorporate the use of word processing software as utilized by various criminal justice agencies. Finally, the process of judicial presentation and an explanation of evidentiary issues will be practiced in the classroom and a simulated criminal justice setting.
An overview of the major trends, basic concepts, and structure of both adult and juvenile corrections is provided in this course. Field trips to correctional facilities are scheduled to reinforce information about current correctional issues.
An overview of the FBI Index Crimes and murder, robbery, rape, burglary, assault, arson, and larceny is offered in this course, which emphasizes the elements of crimes and distinctions within offense categories, particularly criminal intent and the defenses to criminal conduct. Prerequisite: CRJ 101