Communication (COMM)

COMM-200 Communication Foundations (3 credits)

Communication Foundations introduces learning outcomes in the major/minor, core frameworks in the discipline, technology platforms, career prospects, and community resources. The instructor guides students in careful consideration of individual interests to identify a focus or specialization to pursue in future coursework. Foundational theories and contemporary practices support exploration of communication forms, creativity, and technology tools. The course includes an embedded hybrid lab that explores social media.

COMM-220 Listening and Mindfulness (3 credits)

This course builds literacy in listening and mindfulness to support student efforts in academic, personal, and professional contexts while strengthening wellness and sense of purpose. the course includes an embedded hybrid lab in audio production.

Prerequisite(s): CM-125 completed. This course is offered as a hybrid learning class with on campus meets and online components.

COMM-230 Production Lab 1: Visual Communication (3 credits)

Production Lab in visual communication

COMM-231 Production Lab 1: Information Technology (3 credits)

COMM-300 Communication Strategies (3 credits)

This project-based course builds on introductory communication theories, frameworks, and practices and engages students in experiential learning in effective interpersonal, small group, and organizational communication. Students practice core communication modalities (listening, speaking, writing, and media analysis and creation) in a variety of contexts to develop technical proficiency as well as rhetorical sensitivity and adaptability. Students work individually and collaboratively in class and online as they learn and practice with a variety of digital platforms selected to deepen their discipline understanding and increase their fluency as communication professionals. The course includes an embedded hybrid lab that explores digital collaboration platforms.

Prerequisite(s): COMM-200 completed or Communication Level 3 ICM and instructor permission. This class is taught as a hybrid learning course with on campus and online components.

COMM-320 Media Studies (3 credits)

Media Studies engages students in a topical investigation of contemporary media, including perspectives from theory, research, and practice. Students develop media literacy and conceptualize creative approaches to media production and interpretation. The course includes an embedded hybrid lab that explores video.

Prerequisite(s): LA-230 or COMM-200 completed.

COMM-330 Production Lab II:Emerging Technologies (3 credits)

Prerequisite(s): COMM-200 or One Communication Level 3 ICM completed.

COMM-331 Production Lab II:Mobile Apps (1 credit)

Prerequisite(s): COMM-200 or one Communication Level 3 ICM completed

COMM-332 Production Lab II:Data Visualization (1 credit)

Prerequisite(s): COMM-200 or one Communication Level 3 ICM completed.

COMM-333 Production Lab II:Open Source (1 credit)

Prerequisite(s): COMM-200 or one Communication Level 3 ICM completed.

COMM-340 Persuasion and Advocacy (3 credits)

Concise communication, audience and message analysis, and persuasion are powerful tools as we advocate for ideas, ideals, communities, products, and services. Through an exploration and application of persuasive theories and frameworks, students focus upon analytical reading, scholarly writing, digital presentation skills, and digital advocacy via social media in local and global communities. The course includes an embedded hybrid lab exploring digital photography.

Prerequisite(s): FA-110 or LA-230 completed. HUM-150 completed; CM-125 completed. For COMM Majors: COMM-200 completed or concurrent. For ELA Majors: CM-225 completed

COMM-360 Logic & Argumentation (3 credits)

Students learn how to produce logical conclusions through the systematic formalization of information and reason, as well as the principles of argumentation and debate. With a focus upon writing, public speaking, problem solving and innovation, the course examines digital logic and its applications, as well as research, policy analysis, evidentiary quality, issue framing and storytelling. The course includes an embedded lab in which students are introduced to code.

Prerequisite(s): COMM-200 or One Communication Level 3 ICM completed.

COMM-370 Production Lab III: Advanced Workshop (3 credits)

COMM-371 Prod Lab III: Adv Audio&Internet radio (3 credits)

This course provides an opportunity for students to manage all aspects of Alverno Inferno Free Radio (AIFR) including production, marketing, and management of the College radio station. Students gain experience in digital audio production, independently produce weekly programming and live broadcasts, and contribute to the marketing and management needs as a team, fully responsible for the operation of AIFR. Course iss open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate students.

Prerequisite(s): COMM-200 or Communication Level 3 ICM & permission of instructor through a general permit.

COMM-372 Producation Lab III:Adv Photography (3 credits)

COMM-374 Prod Lab III:Adv Digital Publishing (3 credits)

This class provides client?based experiences that expand and refine your repertoire of effective design. Operating as an emerging professional, you will develop your individual brand identity, manage time and resources, and interact effectively with service bureaus. Working within the client's budget and brand-identity constraints, you will ascertain the client's needs, determine the look and feel of desired materials, produce design pieces that meet client criteria, including budget, and pitch your ideas in a professional presentation.

Prerequisite(s): COMM-230 completed.

COMM-376 Prod Lab III:Advanced Web Design (3 credits)

Students learn design principles and basic HTML to create effective web pages that include a variety of media. Students explore and analyze a variety of hardware, software, platforms and applications used to support webside development.

Prerequisite(s): COMM-230 or COMM 236 completed. COMM-200 completed or concurrent.

COMM-378 Prod Lab III:Advanced Digital Video (3 credits)

COMM-379 Prod Lab III:Advanced Social Media (3 credits)

COMM-380 Project Management (3 credits)

students manage a semester-long project following Project Management Institute guidelines. Students investigate project organization and structures while working on financial issues in project management. Students become familiar with and use technological tools, and apply related terms, definitions, and common acronyms used in project management to the semester-long project of innovation. The course includes an embedded lab to develop proficiency with analytics.

COMM-397 Independent Study (3 credits)

COMM-398 Advanced Field Lab (3 credits)

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain experience through a specified short-term community-based or service-learning project pursued with faculty supervision. Through experiential learning, a student will help solve a problem for an organization, augment her professional portfolio, and/or expand her professional network.

COMM-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work (0 credits)

Offered Spring Term only. The Advanced-Level Event marks a significant accomplishment for each student as she proceeds into the work of her major department. When a department determines that a student is ready for advanced work within a discipline, the student is invited to participate in a ceremony that is both a celebration and an explanation of future requirements of the major and support areas. She registers for this experience at a point determined by her major department: for most majors the registration is connected to the taking of a particular course. Students and faculty gather for an afternoon during Mid-semester Assessment Days. Following a general program, students meet in departmental sessions with their faculty to discuss advanced outcomes, department courses, advising procedures, and so on.

COMM-400 Intercultural Communication & Leadership (3 credits)

COMM-470 Production Lab IV (3 credits)

COMM-490 Communication Capstone (3 credits)

The capstone course is a culminating experience preparing students to refine individual portfolios, online presence and resumes in preparatIon for graduation. Students conceptualize, develop and implement an event for 3rd-year students during the External Assessment Week. The course includes an embedded lab to support toggling among tech labs.

COMM-497 Independent Study (1-3 credits)

Under the approval and direction of a faculty member, independent study is available to students.