Summer and Fall 2015 EMAC Courses

Clear your registration holds!

The Summer and Fall 2015 schedules are now live in Coursebook, and registration begins on Monday, April 6.  You can find your registration appointment time in Orion.

As you look at your options for Fall 2015, you will find that the esteemed STAFF is covering a remarkable number of courses. STAFF is not some new AI tool that will randomly generate grades. We will have several new faculty members come fall (watch for news about this soon!), and we will post names as soon as we complete the hiring process.

You also will notice more special topics courses than usual, and the following information may help you choose among them.

  • COMM 3342.001 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH METHODS (Drogos): Research Methods will take a project-based, active approach to learning and understanding quantitative research methods. We explore fundamental issues of the scientific process as they are relevant to communication research. As we move through the course we will be posing communication-specific research questions, and using the methods of content analysis, survey, and experiment to answer those questions.
  • COMM 3342.002 ADVANCED WRITING AND RESEARCH (Lambert): This course is designed to build on students’ experiences in RHET 1302 to improve technical and professional writing skills as well as to investigate needs and elements necessary in industry documents. Students will study and practice audience analysis, corporate culture, and mechanics and style to improve their writing. In addition, they will consider research methods that allow them to identify best practices for various professional documents, including manuals; instructions; books, proposals, reports (e.g., feasibility, progress, travel, budget); and online documents.

  • COMM 3342.003  COMMUNICATION, MEDIA, AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (Lee): Communication is an indispensable part of human life, and communication scholars have long examined the ways in which mass media, new media technology and ordinary people influence, and are influenced, by one another. This course will offer an overview of such influences, and students are expected to leave the course with knowledge of how communication shapes our perception, how mass media affect our attitudes and behaviors, and how the rise of new media technology complicates our understanding of the relationship between mass media and everyday citizens.

We have three sections of COMM 3342 to give people on the 2012-14 degree plan several options to satisfy a major requirement (subtext: there probably won’t be as many options in spring, so you might want to take advantage of the choices here). Students on the 2012-14 degree plan also have the option to use COMM 3351 History and Theory of Communication and COMM 4360 Communication Ethics as prescribed electives. (Students on the 2014-16 degree plan shouldn’t feel left out — these courses already appear as prescribed electives on your degree plan.)

We also have special topics courses under the EMAC prefix: Kim Knight will teach a section of EMAC 4372 (Topics in Emerging Media and Communication) and its graduate counterpart, EMAC 6381 (Special Topics in Emergent Communication). Both courses will focus on viral media. These courses will explore the notion of “the viral” as a mode of communication. They will begin with a look at the history of the term and its definitional and metaphorical operations, particularly in relation to biology and computation. They will then situate the term within the contemporary media landscape that produces “viral structures” that influence our engagement with media, institutions, and one another. Finally, they will examine “viral media” as it is represented in media, through literature, film, and art.

Graduate students also may like to know that Matt Brown’s section of EMAC 6375, Research Methods in Emerging Communication, will focus on Cognitive Ethnography.

Finally, undergraduate students planning to enroll in EMAC 4380 Capstone Project should check their UTD email accounts for information about the new application and enrollment process. Undergraduate students who want to complete their capstone project next fall must submit your application by April 15; otherwise, they will be assigned a project supervisor.  Students interested in enrolling in EMAC 4V99 Senior Honors in Emerging Media and Communication should consult with their academic advisors to determine their eligibility and to acquire the appropriate forms. Graduate registration processes for the Advanced Project requirement will remain the same.