Spring 2017

Paul A. Lucas, Public Speaking, Spring 2018

Course Description and Objectives:

University of Pittsburgh’s website states: “Communication, both spoken and written, is always addressed to an audience, a set of listeners or readers you are intending to convey information to or have some effect upon. Public speaking differs from written communication in that the audience is present, gathered for some occasion. That occasion has norms and expectations that a speaker must recognize. Finally, a public speaker has some purpose, something they are trying to accomplish or set in motion. Good public speaking always accounts for these three components.” The overall objective of this course is for students to understand and enact these three components through effective speech research, organization, analysis, content, and delivery.

Required Text:

Fraleigh, D. M., & Tuman, J.S. (2014). Speak up! An illustrated guide to public speaking (3rd ed.). Boston:
Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN: 9781457623943

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Kristen L. Majocha, Communication Capstone, Spring 2017

Course Description:

This course will review communication studies fundamentals as applied theoretically and in practice. You will reflect upon your academic experience, prepare for your next step, and publically demonstrate your abilities. In this course you will ask yourself critical questions:

1. Who am I—personally and professionally?
2. What are my dreams beyond “what I want to do after I graduate”?
3. How does my academic work merge with my plans?
4. What obstacles might prevent me from achieving my dreams?
5. Do I represent myself in a way that helps me achieve my goals?

Readings:

Readings will demonstrate the trends and major issues in the field of communication. Readings will be assigned and distributed electronically and free of charge. At times you will be required to collect readings and share them with the class. These assignments will help you gain a deeper understanding of the related area of your choice as well as trends in the field.

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Leland K. Wood, Advanced Reporting 2, Spring 2017

Course Description:

The course is intended to provide advanced students with an experience in which they duplicate the kinds of story volume demands when they practice as a professional journalist. At the point that students are in this course, it is anticipated that they have mastered fundamental skills to make public presentations. This course questions their ability to develop presentation ideas, and execute those ideas, at a volume expected in professional practice.

Required Texts:

-- News Reporting and Writing by Melvin Mencher. You should have this book from Reporting 1.
-- The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.

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Leland K. Wood, Magazine Writing, Spring 2017

Course Description:

Students produce four or five magazine articles. Emphasis is on student ideas and Associated Press style. Interviewing and information-gathering skills are developed. The objective is publication with research of magazine markets.

Required Texts:

-The Art and Craft of Feature Writing by William E. Blundell.
-Writing in General and the Short Story in Particular by Rust Hills.
-The Essential Feature by Vicki Hay.
-The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.

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Leland K. Wood, Introduction To Journalism, Spring 2017

Course Description:

A course designed to provide both philosophical and historical foundations for consumers of mass media and those wishing to practice journalism. Provides an overview of American journalism—its underlying philosophies, history, theories, functions, and ethics.

Required Texts:

Four Theories of the Press by Fred S. Seibert et al

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Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Public Speaking, Spring 2017

Course Description:

Introduction to the composition, delivery, and critical analysis of informative and persuasive speeches.

Required Texts:

-The Art of Public Speaking, by Stephen E. Lucas

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Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Introduction to Communication, Spring 2017

Course Description:

An introduction to communication theory with consideration given to how theoretical stances relate to areas of communication study including: interpersonal communication, small group communication, mass communication, organizational communication, and gender issues in communication.

Required Textbook:

Human Communication; The Basic Course, by Joseph A. Devito 13th edition

Jeffrey L. Webb, The Beatles, Spring 2017

Course Description:

This course will take an in-depth look at the Beatle's music, personalities, compositional techniques, and their influence on our culture from the 1960's into the 21st century. The major emphasis of this course will be focused on student listening skills and the fostering of a deeper appreciation for the Beatles and their music.

Required Texts:

-None

Suggested Materials:

-Beatlesongs by William J. Dowlding
-Shout! The Beatles in their generation by Philip Norman

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Jeffrey L. Webb, Theory and Ear Training 1, Spring 2017

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the basic materials of music. Students will be introduced to such topics as note/rest values, intervals, rhythm and meter, key signatures, scales and triads. Students will become familiar with how to notate these elements, both by sight and aural recognition. Concepts will be practiced through singing and writing. This course assumes no ability to read music.

Required Texts:

- Clendinning, Marvin and Phillips. The Musician's Guide to Fundamentals 2nd Edition, Norton Publishing, 2014

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Jeffrey L. Webb, Concert Choir, Spring 2017

Course Description:

Open to all students interested in developing musical techniques. The repertoire includes music of all periods from the Renaissance to the present. Admission is by audition; rehearsals occur twice a week.

Required Texts:

None

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