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Communication (COM)

Courses

COM 8  Developmental Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English  3 Credits (4,0)

A developmental course designed to help intermediate-level non-native speakers of English develop their English language proficiency. The emphasis is on writing and reading in academic settings. Students cannot withdraw from the course. The course must be passed with a grade of C or better. (Credit not applicable to any degree.)

COM 120  College Writing and Reading  4 Credits (3,2)

This course is designed to improve critical reading skills and improve writing fluency. The fundamentals of grammar and usage, vocabulary, sentence structure, and paragraphing will be reviewed, practiced, and tested. Students will write and revise multi-paragraph essays, utilize research, and use MLA research format. Portfolio assessment will be used to chart growth and progress in writing skills. Diction strategies to help comprehend technical language and academic jargon in the different disciplines will be taught. Students will attend a reading lab to improve their comprehension of academic jargon and argument in college-level texts, reading texts in the humanities, social sciences, and other disciplinary fields. Students will develop their communicative, evaluative, critical thinking, and research abilities through the close reading of written response to these texts.

COM 122  English Composition  3 Credits (3,0)

This course focuses on the principles of using writing for thinking, as well as a tool for expressing ideas. It addresses the composing process, research and documentation, and rhetorical strategies for various audiences and purposes. Students develop their communicative, evaluative, critical thinking, and research writing abilities. A C or better is required.

COM 199  Special Topics in Communication  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in communications.

COM 219  Speech  3 Credits (3,0)

A continuation of the study of communication and communication theory with emphasis on overcoming communication apprehension, developing listening skills, mastering oral performance, and writing about communication. Individual sections may focus on public speaking, group discussion, oral interpretation, or interpersonal communication. Section emphasis varies by instructor and is listed in the Schedule of Courses.
Prerequisites: COM 122 or COM 120.

COM 221  Technical Report Writing  3 Credits (3,0)

This course introduces students to the preparation of formal and informal technical reports, abstracts, proposals, instructions, professional correspondence and other forms of technical communication. Major emphasis is placed on the long technical report and the acquisition of advanced writing skills.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

COM 222  Business Communication  3 Credits (3,0)

An introduction to effective business communication. Topics in oral, written, nonverbal, and intercultural communication are covered. Research methods, effective speaking, and the preparation of letters, memoranda, and reports are emphasized.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146.

COM 223  Intelligence Writing  3 Credits (3,0)

The purpose of this course is to teach the basic skills of intelligence writing. The most essential principle of intelligence writing is to communicate to the reader exactly the message the analyst wants to communicate. Clarity, precision, accuracy, and brevity are key elements of intelligence writing, but also crucial is the overall structure of the intelligence brief. Two further elements are part of the intelligence writing process: a capacity to accurately evaluate information and an ability to make analytical judgments about the significance of a development. All these elements will be covered intensively as part of the intelligence writing process.
Prerequisites: HU 140 or HU 141 or HU 142 or HU 143 or HU 144 or HU 145 or HU 146 or LCH 206.

COM 299  Special Topics in Communication  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in communications.

COM 399  Special Topics in Communication  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in communications.

COM 420  Advanced Technical Communication I  1 Credit (1,0)

A study of applied technical communication with emphasis on communication standards of the aerospace industry, including participating in meetings, conducting informal briefings, resolving interpersonal conflicts, writing varied technical documents and making formal presentations. Section emphasis varies by instructor.
Prerequisites: COM 221.

COM 430  Advanced Technical Communication II  2 Credits (2,0)

A continuation of Advanced Technical Communication I, this course focuses on informal and formal technical reports and briefings. Major emphasis is placed on public speaking and formal writing skills according to aerospace industry standards. Section emphasis varies by instructor.
Prerequisites: COM 420.

COM 499  Special Topics in Communication  1-6 Credit

Individual independent or directed studies of selected topics in communications.