This list includes classes that I have taught in the past as well as classes taught today. I also teach two public relations courses for the University of Wyoming at Casper College every couple of years.
CO/M 1000 Introduction to Mass Media: Explores the nature and function of the mass media in contemporary society. Begins by examining some major theoretical conceptions of the communication process, concentrating on how communication creates and sustains culture. Other topics include the effects of the media on media consumers, special characteristics of the various media, and public policy issues in regard to mass media.
CO/M 1040 Introduction to Human Communication: An introduction to the nature and function of human symbolic communication in its various settings. The role of symbolic communication on the interpersonal level as a method of establishing and defining human relationships will be examined, as will the relationship of symbolic communication to the establishment and maintenance of larger behavioral, economic, and cultural processes and structures.
I taught this class with other instructors as part of a team-teaching approach. I have never taught it on my own.
CO/M 1080 Talking About Fundraising and Talking About Working with the Media: This course will focus on unique or specific communication situations, for which there are often special strategies or rules for effective communication. It may be repeated under different topics to a maximum of three credits.
CO/M 2100 Reporting and Newswriting: Learning the meaning of news, beginning newswriting, development of news sources, selection and organization of information, variations in types of news, the developments and trends of journalistic forms, and social and legal responsibilities of the press. Practice in gathering and writing news. Preparation of articles for campus newspaper. Prerequisite: ENGL1010 or permission of instructor.
CO/M 2180 Introduction to Film Studies: Introduction to film esthetics and critical approaches to studying and writing about film. Includes examination of photography, production, scripting, sound, composition as well as theoretical and social concerns.
CO/M 2190 Basic Video Production: Basic camera operation, sound, lighting, scriptwriting, planning, budgeting, and editing introduce the fundamentals of corporate and educational single-camera video production. Students will work in a variety of crew positions to create private or institutional videotapes.
CO/M 2200 Broadcast Production: Introduction to the fundamental technical and production concepts in radio, television, and motion pictures. Actual experience with equipment and an understanding of its operation are emphasized. Prerequisite: CO/M 2190 or permission of the instructor.
CO/M 2340 Editing and Production: Evaluation, selection and preparation of news copy for publication. Practice in copy reading, proof reading, headline writing, and page layout. Use of photography and advertising in page layout. Prerequisite: CO/M 2100.
CO/M 2355 Introduction to Media Photography: This course is designed for students to gain a general understanding of digital camera operation and the development of photojournalism and its role in a visually-oriented world. Students will use digital cameras for their photographs and will learn how to manipulate them in Adobe Photoshop. Prerequisite: CO/M 2100, or permission of the instructor.
CO/M 2370 Independent Video Production (1-2CR) (Max. 2): With approval of the instructor, the student designs and implements one or more independent or institutionally-related video projects. Prerequisite: CO/M 2230.
CO/M 2380 Cinema History: A study of the development of film from 1895 to the present in relation to historical forces shaping the film industry in the form of artistic movements, world history, popular taste, technology, economics, and politics. Weekly screening of historically significant films supplement readings, lectures, and discussions. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or permission of instructor.
CO/M 2390 Independent Publications: Students interested in work on the newspaper or the literary/art magazine will work in advertising, photography, records, circulation, editorial and writing/editing. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
CO/M 2475 Independent Study (1-3CR) (Max. 6): An opportunity for students to develop projects in their particular area of interest within the communication discipline. Prerequisite: CO/M 1040, consent of instructor, and completion of at least six hours of 2000 level CO/M credits.
CO/M 2480 Cooperative Work Experience (1-3CR) (Max. 6): Laboratory work consists of paid on-the-job training independently arranged and accompanied by academic instruction. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.