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Communications Course Descriptions

COMM 2312 Principles of Oral Communications (3 semester hours) Survey of basic factors affecting human interaction through oral communication. Study and practice in the preparation and delivery of oral presentations; practice in different types of speeches and forms of delivery; evaluation of speakers and speeches. (3-0) R
COMM 2313 Public Speaking (3 semester hours) Designed to introduce students to the principles of public speaking. Emphasizes preparation (including audience analysis, research, outlining, and practice) and performance. Course will focus on performance-based formal speeches, presentations, selected readings, examinations and classroom exercises. (3-0) T
COMM 2V71 Independent Study in Communications (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). ([1-3]-0) R
COMM 3300 Reading Media Critically (3 semester hours) Addresses the process of reading and interpretation in the larger context of communication theory. Focuses on the interpretation of communication created for and disseminated through mass media. Course fulfills the Advanced Writing Requirement for the EMAC major. Prerequisite: RHET 1302. (3-0) Y
COMM 3301 Public and Professional Speaking for Business (3 semester hours) Explores public communication strategies in professional contexts. Helps students develop skills to maximize business communication opportunities to present themselves and their ideas. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or COMM 2312 or COMM 2313. (3-0) T
COMM 3311 Interpersonal Communication (3 semester hours) The course will examine elements that characterize and contribute to unhealthy relationships and examines theories and strategies to establish and maintain healthy relationships. The course will explore basic concepts involved in the communication process and will introduce related skills to aid in successful communication. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, or RHET 1302 or equivalent. (3-0) T
COMM 3338 Debate (3 semester hours) By instructor approval only, this course is open to members of the UTD competitive debate team. Working as a squad, students will participate in practice debates as well as weekend competitions against other colleges and universities across the country. May be repeated for credit (12 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. (3-0) S
COMM 3342 TopicsIssues in Communication (3 semester hours) Topics may include theory and practice of oral and verbal communication techniques with specific applications and performance demonstrationFocuses on major issues in communication with an emphasis on the social and cultural implications of mass and interactive media. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. (3-0) R
COMM 4313 Advanced Public Speaking (3 semester hours) Course is for students who have mastered basic public speaking skills. It will explore and fine-tune a wider range of styles and skills. The course will be performance-centered and will include presentations, selected readings, examinations and classroom exercises on a more advanced level. Prerequisite: COMM 2312, COMM 2313 or permission of instructor. (3-0) R
COMM 4314 Persuasion (3 semester hours) The course will emphasize the critical evaluation of persuasive messages and the design of persuasive appeals. By merging theory and practice, students will focus on an understanding of persuasive techniques as a mean for influencing attitudes, beliefs, opinions, and actions in a variety of settings, including business, politics, and interpersonal interactionsAn introduction to the study and practice of persuasive communication using both the rhetorical and behavioral science traditions. Focuses on factors that influence beliefs, attitudes, and behavior as they relate to digital media. Prerequisites: RHET 1302 and either COMM 2313 or COMM 3301 or permission of instructor. (3-0) R
COMM 4V71 Independent Study in Communications (1-3 semester hours) Independent study under a faculty member's direction. Signature of instructor on proposed project outline required. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Consent of instructor required. ([1-3]-0) R