Course Descriptions


Communications (COM) Courses

COM 100 Human Communication (3-0) 3 credits

The purpose of this course is to develop fundamental skills necessary to achieve effective communication across a variety of contexts. The primary objectives of this course are to identify fundamental communication skills and identify the variety of communication contexts in which those skills will be utilized. Furthermore students are expected write and deliver speeches and also effectively evaluate the speeches of their peers. This course carries SUNY General Education Basic Communication: Oral credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 110 Public Speaking (3-0) 3 credits

A primary objective of the course is to develop skill in oral communication by helping the student to understand the principles of good public speaking: organization, audience analysis, language, and presentation techniques. Emphasis will be placed on the development of self-confidence. This course carries SUNY General Education Basic Communication: Oral credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 111 Voice and Diction (3-0) 3 credits

A one semester course in the improvement of the speaking voice through vocal techniques and the interpretation of literature. This course is open to all students.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 115 Interpersonal Communication (3-0) 3 credits

The course focuses on the development of the interpersonal communication skills necessary for building and maintaining positive relationships. Topics of study include an orientation to interpersonal communication, verbal and non-verbal communication in relationships, managing conflict, as well as cultural and gender considerations. Students will study various theories and practice skill development in order to become more competent communicators. This course carries SUNY General Education Basic Communication: Oral credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 122 Video Advertising (3-0) 3 credits

This course is a workshop in planning, writing, producing, videotaping and editing video advertisements for television and the web. Students will receive experience in writing, production techniques (shooting and editing) and the evaluation of video ads. (Also listed as BUS 122)  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 123 Video Production I (4-0) 4 credits

This course introduces students to the basic techniques of video production. Students will be given hands-on experience in camera operation, lighting, sound, computer graphics, switching, directing, and video tape editing. Experience with the local Public Access Television Channel (FLTV) is included.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 125 Healthcare Communication (3-0) 3 credits

Communication is at the center of providing patient-centered care. Health professionals need to express empathy as they communicate complex and difficult information through a variety of communication modalities. The primary objective of this course is to identify communication skills necessary to be able to communicate effectively within a variety of healthcare contexts. Students will practice research, analysis, and writing in genres used in the field as well as communication episodes that influence health and wellness outcomes. This course is restricted to Nursing Majors only. Prerequisite: ENG 101 (also listed as ENG 125) This course carries SUNY General Education Basic Communication: Oral and Written credit.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 200 Audio for Film and Video (3-1) 3 credits

This course is an exploration of the principles of digital audio in today’s recording and multi-media industries. Topics discussed include: digital audio fundamentals, synchronization, recording, editing, and mixing audio for the film, video, and video gaming industries. Students will apply these principles via creating projects using Avid’s Pro Tools software. (Also listed as DIG 200)  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 202 Introduction to Mass Communication (3-0) 3 credits

This course is designed to orient students to the field of Mass Communication and its impact and influence on their lives. Included is an overview of the field and discussion of the traditional mass media industries (newspapers, magazines, radio, television, movies and music) as well as new and emerging media. Regulations, responsibilities, convergence and the cultural impact of traditional and new media are discussed and evaluated.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 203 Public Relations (3-0) 3 credits

This survey course in Public Relations introduces students to the field of public relations. It will describe the responsibility and roles of the public relations professional in private and public companies. Prerequisite: ENG 101 Prerequisites: ENG 101. (Also listed as BUS 203)  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 210 Communications Practicum (2-0) 2 credits

Work experiences are arranged on-campus and with appropriate off-campus agencies to provide students with practical experience in advertising, public relations, radio, journalism, video production and new media. Prerequisites: Permission of the Instructor and a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 215 Script Writing (3-0) 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of developing and writing original scripts for film, television and multimedia. The course emphasizes proper script formats, theme, story, plot, dialogue, character arc, and the process of developing and writing a script. Prerequisite: ENG 102.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 220 Digital Video Editing (3-0) 3 credits

This course is designed to enhance students’ video editing skills through the hands-on use of nonlinear video editing software. Students will learn the fundamental and advanced capabilities of these sophisticated digital systems, which are widely used in professional video production. Prerequisite: COM 123 or equivalent experience.  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF


COM 223 Media Writing (3-0) 3 credits

This is an introductory course into the skills of the practicing journalist. Emphasis will be on the study of newsgathering and news writing. Students will employ these skills in the production of material suitable for publication in print and electronic media. Prerequisite: ENG 101. (Also listed as ENG 223)  View Course Syllabus Adobe Acrobat, PDF