TCOM 1030. Media and the Information Society (3). Fall, Spring. Social trends as influenced by technology in the information society. Social policy and effects involving information technologies and information services. Examples from the telephone, computer, print, film, television, cable, radio and satellite systems. No credit for both JOUR 1000 and TCOM 1030. Open to nonmajors.
TCOM 1990. Student Media Participation (1). Fall, Spring, Summer on demand. Participation in departmental or student media assignments in consultation with faculty and staff. May be repeated. Graded S/U.
TCOM 2500. Radio and Television Production for Non-TCOM Majors (3). Fall, Spring. Basic theories and tasks of audio and video production including scripting, technical quality and aesthetics. In-studio experience in radio and television operation. Laboratory hours. No prerequisites. Not open to TCOM majors. Extra fee.
TCOM 2600. Writing for Electronic Media (3). Fall, Spring, Summer on demand. Writing for broadcasting and other electronic media; creating scripts with visual and aural appeal; conveying messages in clear, economical, conversational yet professional style to effectively communicate to mass audiences. Prerequisites: GSW 1100/GSW 1110 and TCOM 1030/JOUR 1000. Extra fee.
TCOM 2610. Interactive Television and Video Production (3). Fall, Spring. Introduces students to the fundamentals of electronic media production and editing in the single-camera format. Through a combination of lecture, readings, discussion, and directed lab exercises, students will be involved with fundamentals of still-camera composition and story-telling, single-camera video camera acquisition of picture and sound, computer video editing basics, and Internet/website posting of electronic video media. Prerequisite: TCOM 1030 and co-requisite TCOM 2600 (may be taken simultaneously with TCOM 2600). Nonmajors by permission only. Extra Fee.
TCOM 2620. Interactive Radio Production (3). Fall, Spring. Style and basic principles and practices of announcing; theories and processes of audio production and distribution, including webcasting, podcasting and basic interactive concepts frequently employed by radio stations. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600. Extra Fee.
TCOM 2630. Multi-camera Television Production (3). Spring and on demand. Principles of multiple-camera studio directing for television and film. Examination of conventional practices. Series of studio workshops with emphasis on directing, content development, planning and scripting, and composition. Laboratory hours. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600 and 2610 and TCOM major, or by permission of instructor. Extra Fee.
TCOM 2640. Interactive Online Media (3). Fall, Spring, Summer on demand. Practical and conceptual issues associated with interactive media with emphasis on the internet and online media. Basics of web design integrated with social science perspectives on interactive online media. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600.
TCOM 2650. Internet Applications for the Telecommunications Industry (3). On demand. Internet-based software applications that are affecting the telecommunication industry. Provides students with the fundamentals for functioning in an industry that is increasingly characterized by its reliance on Internet-based activities. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600 or consent of instructor.
TCOM 2700. Topics in Minorities and Film/Video (3). On demand. Through discussions, screenings, and research, the student will explore the portrayal and/or participation of minorities in film and video. Topic varies. No prerequisite. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) cultural diversity in the United States requirement. Extra fee.
TCOM 3500. Scriptwriting (3). Fall. Basic principles of scripting teleplays (television) and screenplays (film). Covers the essential elements, from developing an initial story idea and creating believable characters, to writing a complete script and pitching the idea to a knowledgeable audience. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600, nonmajors with permission of department.
TCOM 3520. Online Social Media (3). On demand. This course examines applications and implications of online social media. Social psychological perspectives of online social media will be primarily examined, but the subjects of discussions and readings are not limited to those perspectives. Approved for distance education.
TCOM 3550. Global Telecommunication Systems (3). Fall, Spring. Survey of telecommunication systems in the global context. Comparsion of technical and cultural bases, economics, politics, programming, policy and regulation and audience research. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600.
TCOM 3600. Media Research (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Overview of approaches to social research in media studies; survey methods, including sampling, measurement, interviewing, questionnaire design and presentation of results; content analysis; ratings, and interpretation of elementary descriptive statistics. Junior standing recommended.
TCOM 3610. Media & Strategic Communication (3). On demand. This course surveys a broad spectrum of strategic communication including different communication tools and techniques, audience research, message strategies, and traditional/non-traditional media choices in the contexts of traditional product/service promotion, politics, and the non-profit sector. Prerequisite: TCOM 1030 or JOUR 1000.
TCOM 3640. Video Field Production, Editing and Online Distribution (3). Fall and on demand. Field experience in content creation and production. Focus on single-camera, film-style video production. Includes equipment handling, artistic and aesthetic composition, and nonlinear editing, and production management. Laboratory hours. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600 and TCOM 2610, and TCOM major, or by permission of instructor. Extra Fee.
TCOM 3650. Broadcasting History (3). Fall. Current U.S. broadcasting with view of antecedents in regulations, economics, programs, audiences, stations, networks, technology and employment.
TCOM 3660. Media Effects (3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Theories and research studies of media effects. Critical examination of opposing viewpoints. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600.
TCOM 3680. Intermediate Radio Production and Performance (3). Fall. Development of program ideas and application of advanced recording techniques. Responsible for all stages of planning, writing, directing and marketing. Individual program projects for possible use on WBGU or WFAL. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600 and TCOM 2620. Extra Fee.
TCOM 3950. Workshop on Current Topics (1-3). On demand. Intensive educational experience on selected topics. Typically, an all-day or similar concentrated format. Requirements usually completed within time format. May be repeated if topics differ, on approval of adviser.
TCOM 4000. Topics in Documentary Studies (3). On demand. Examines radio-TV-film documentaries, including history-criticism, research-writing. Lecture/discussions and viewings/labs comprise the meetings. Interdisciplinary participation is encouraged. May be repeated once for different topics. Prerequisite: GSW 1120 and instructor permission.
TCOM 4390. Topics in Sport Telecommunications (3). On demand. Provides an interdisciplinary approach to the critical analysis of sport with an emphasis on contemporary sport issues and events as well as sport history. Focus on the role of media, communication, society, and ideology in the production of sport culture. Practical application of skills necessary to work in various sport broadcast industries may be taught through sport broadcast writing, sportscasting and announcing, or relevant video, audio, or online production. May be repeated once for different topics. Prerequisites: TCOM 2600, non-majors with approval of instructor. Approved for Distance Education.
TCOM 4530. Media Sales and Promotion (3). On demand. The course introduces the advertising and media product sales process for telecommunications media and various techniques to promote media companies and products. Prerequisites: TCOM 1030/JOUR 1000 or consent of instructor.
TCOM 4600. Media Policy and Industry (3). Fall, Spring. Theoretical approaches to key policies and regulations shaping activities in the telecommunications industry. We also analyze how they affect the media industry such as ownership and access. Applied study of policy and regulatory issues in broadcasting, cable, telephony, Internet and mobile media. Prerequisites: Junior standing required; TCOM 2600.
TCOM 4610. Audience Research (3). Fall. Theories of audience and how they are applied in audience research. Types of audience research and how they are used in different settings. Techniques in collecting and analyzing data for audience research and the role of audience research in advertising, programming, financial analysis and social policy decision making. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600.
TCOM 4620. Radio Programming and Audiences (3). Spring. Modern radio program formats and their audiences in the United States. Prerequisite: TCOM 2620.
TCOM 4630. Media Programming (3). Fall. Audience behavior, program genre and the structure and procedures of the media industry in the selection, scheduling and evaluation of radio, television, cable programs, web sites and mobile media content, and how to market and promote media content across platforms. Prerequisites: TCOM 2600.
TCOM 4640. Practicum in Interactive Online Media Production (3). Spring. Advanced level interactive media production. Course topics, examples, and assignments are related with contemporary interactive media skills. Assigned practices of interactive media production.
TCOM 4660. Television and Film Criticism (3). On demand. Critical frameworks, approaches and theories of theatrical, documentary and avant-garde films, video, and creative television productions. Function, content, and style of film and television criticism. Emphasis on criticism and critical methodology. Junior standing required. Extra fee.
TCOM 4670. Gender, Media & Culture (3). On demand. This course examines mass media as work place, cultural forum, and the force of social change for women, men, and sexual minority groups. Junior standing required. Credit not given for both TCOM 4670 and WS 4670. Applicable to the BG Perspective (general education) cultural diversity in the United States requirement.
TCOM 4680. Advanced Directing and Producing (3). Spring. Advanced methods of film-style or multiple-camera studio production techniques including master scene, screen direction, interviews, multiple-camera productions, blocking, dramatic television directing, multiple-person interviews, composition, lighting, and feature production. Emphasis on using production as a means for expression and working in production environments. May be repeated once. Prerequisite: TCOM 3640 or equivalent experience. Extra fee.
TCOM 4690. Seminar: Contemporary Aspects of Telecommunications (1-3). On demand. Investigation and analysis of area in telecommunication. Various topics of current concern. May be repeated with permission of adviser to six hours.
TCOM 4860. Critical Studies in Media Environments (3). On Demand. Course draws on case studies and theories to critically investigate and provide insight and understanding of the increasing corporate links between large media industries and entertainment conglomerates. This synthesis is best understood through the role of the planning of media events, mediascapes and geographies and the organization of corporate media events.
TCOM 4890. Internship in Telecommunications (1-3). Fall, Spring, Summer. Supervised field experience in electronic communication. Student must arrange for experience with approval of intern supervisor in advance of registration. May be repeated up to six hours. Limited to TCOM majors. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600. Graded S/U.
TCOM 4900. Problems in Telecommunications (1-3). Fall, Spring, Summer. For advanced student who wishes to do intensive research in telecommunication and media studies, independently or in conjunction with courses regularly offered. May be repeated if topics differ. Prerequisite: consent of department.
TCOM 4911. Media Management (3). Spring. Function, management theories and practices, organizational structure, media business models, and procedures involved in the operation of the telecommunication industry and electronic media. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600 and senior standing or permission by instructor.
TCOM 4912. Advanced Radio Production Practicum (3). Spring. Focus on advanced recording techniques, practices and the development of long form audio narratives, with the intention that projects are suitable for broadcast and distribution via WBGU, WFAL or other suitable communication channels. This course is project oriented. Prerequisite: TCOM 2600, TCOM 2620 and TCOM 3680 or permission of department. Extra Fee.
TCOM 4913. Video Practicum (3). Fall. Directed experience by instructor in collaboration with expert or skilled professional having specific expertise in the execution of a proposed project. Instructor will assign one directed study, one collaboration with a supervising expert, and one assignment produced independently by the student under the expert’s direction and based on the production/research proposal. Prerequisites: Students must present an admittance portfolio or production/research proposal to qualify for this class and have completed TCOM 2630, 3640, and 4680. Extra Fee.