Communication program at Cape Cod Community College

Courses Descriptions

COM100 Voice and DictionPDF document
This course provides the student with basic vocal skills. Particular attention is paid to incorporating techniques to open the voice, breathing, tone production, articulation, and diction. This course is designed for the students working to improve their oral skills with an interest toward performance and/or oration. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring.

COM103 Human CommunicationPDF document
This course fosters and improves competence in intrapersonal, interpersonal, group and public communication situations. Students demonstrate skills necessary to communicate effectively through exercises and presentations that reflect practical, real-world situations. The purpose of the course is to improve the student's skill in communication by providing relevant knowledge and opportunity to apply that knowledge. Prerequisite: ENL010 or ESL102 or satisfactory basic skills assessment score / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM105 Survey of Mass CommunicationPDF document
This course explores the history, social impact, forms, and techniques of such media as newspapers, film, books, radio, television, and other expressions of mass culture. The aims of the course are to enable the student to better understand the new media-oriented environment in which we find ourselves and to explore various options available as a consumer of public information. Prerequisite: ENL010 or a satisfactory reading comprehension score on the basic skills assessment / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring.

COM113 Radio BroadcastingPDF document
This course is designed to instruct the student in the operation of a radio station. On-air and off-air broadcasting techniques are discussed. Broadcast management, legal requirements, announcing, and copywriting are considered as they relate to specific assignments and duties at a radio station. Decisions involving programming formats are considered. Students apply knowledge to individual and collective work projects. (60 contact hours per semester) Prerequisite: GIT108 or equivalent computer file management skills / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

COM114 Radio ProductionPDF document
Designed to instruct the student in radio production. Audio production, equipment, engineering, audio editing software, copywriting, broadcast delivery, and production techniques are considered as they relate to specific assignments and duties at a radio station. Students learn digital audio techniques that can be applied to a variety of communications settings such as: podcasting, commercial production, public relations, and audio for the web. Students apply knowledge to individual and collective work projects. (60 contact hours per semester) Prerequisite: GIT108 or equivalent computer file management skills / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring.

COM120 Introduction to FilmPDF document
This course provides the student with an appreciation of the film experience. Particular attention is given to important techniques, theories, and genres which influenced the technical and aesthetic development of the medium. Concepts are illustrated through the viewing of classic American and international cinema. (4 contact hours) Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Semester Offered: Fall. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement.

COM131 Video ProductionPDF document
Students learn video production through lectures and hands-on projects. Specific skills covered include concept development, storyboarding, proper video camera operation, framing, and camera angles. While learning about the equipment and techniques used in video production and post production, students write and produce two projects that are edited on a non-linear system and screened in class for review. Prerequisite: GIT108 or equivalent computer file management skills / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring.

COM201 Interpersonal CommunicationPDF document
This course is designed to improve human relationships through an understanding of the principles of effective interpersonal communication. Students participate actively in listening, perceiving, interpreting words and meanings, conflict resolution, assertiveness, nonverbal awareness, developing trusting relationships, and considering the role of the self-concept. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring.

COM202 Small Group CommunicationPDF document
Small group communication is a course designed to provide the student with an understanding of group dynamics, leadership skills, and decision-making and problem-solving models in a variety of small-group settings. Theoretical approaches are applied in practical situation, both in and out of the classroom. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall.

COM203 Public SpeakingPDF document
A study of elements of public communication through various one-to-many speaking situations. Emphases includes communication theory, speaker-audience relationships, speaker resources, speech construction and delivery. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring.

COM204 Persuasive CommunicationPDF document
A study of the process of persuasion, focusing on the formation of beliefs, attitudes and values, fundamentals of attitude change, audience analysis, the persuasive message, effects of channel and setting, and source credibility. Opportunities are offered for classroom application of the principles and theory discussed. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Spring.

COM205 Oral Interpretation/Readers TheaterPDF document
A performance course involving the analysis and aesthetic appreciation of literature (lyric, narrative, and drama) through the medium of oral interpretation. This course incorporates techniques for control of self (body and voice), control of the literary object, control of the audience, and critique of solo and group performances. Rehearsals outside of class time may be required; please see instructor. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 or THR103 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring.

COM206 Communication in Current SettingsPDF document
This course addresses special topics of interest for students interested in the communication discipline. Course topics vary from semester to semester. Students are exposed to a diverse range of subject matter to provide familiarity with advanced theories and approaches in communication studies. Prerequisite: COM103 / 3 credits; may be repeated once for credit. Semester Offered: Varies.

COM207 Argumentation & DebatePDF document
This class provides an overview of the study of argumentation. Students learn argumentation theories and approaches while gaining skills in critical thinking and public speaking. By the end of the semester, students understand how to research and build an argument; how to anticipate, construct, and refute arguments; and how to evaluate the political, moral, and cultural contexts of argumentation. Prerequisite: COM103 or ENL101 / 3 credits; may be repeated once for credit. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring.

COM208 Broadcast Writing and PresentationPDF document
This course is designed to give students a full understanding of how to write for broadcast media, and the skills needed to read copy on the air. Topics covered include news writing, sports writing, commercial writing, public service announcements, editorial writing, as well as questions of news standards, practices, and ethics. Students master writing on deadline, fact checking, and delivering copy in written and verbal form. Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Offered: Fall.

COM209 Event PlanningPDF document
Students analyze ways in which organizationscommunicate their image and message through events andpromotions. Students learn organizational communicationtheory as it relates to events planning and gain practicein planning, critiquing and analyzing events. Prerequisite: COM103 or COM201 or COM202 / 3 credits. Satisfies anInterdiscplinary Studies general education requirement.Offered: Varies.

COM213 Advanced DebatePDF document
This class is a continuation of COM207 Argumentation and Debate. It provides in-depth training in intercollegiate competitive debating. Students advance their skills in debate topic analysis and preparation and further strengthen their ability to build clear, organized, and coherent arguments. Students enrolling in this class are required to represent the debate club in various media contexts and/or public debates, as well as intercollegiate debate tournaments. Prerequisite: COM207 / 3 credits. Semester(s) Offered: Varies.

COM221 American FilmPDF document
This course provides the student with an appreciation of the film experience through a survey of American film from historical, aesthetic, economic, technological, critical, and appreciative viewpoints. Particular attention is given to important techniques, theories, and genres. Concepts are illustrated through viewing classic American cinema. (4 contact hours) Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement.

COM222 International CinemaPDF document
This course is a survey of the development of international cinema from historical, aesthetic, economic, technological, critical, and appreciative viewpoints. Particular attention is given to important techniques, theiries, and genres. (4 class hours) Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Satisfies a Humanities and Fine Arts general education requirement. Semester Offered: Spring.

COM224 Documentary FilmPDF document
Filmmaker John Grierson defined documentaries as "the creative treatment of reality." This course looks at the history and development of the documentary film, with a particular focus on the varying notions of truth, art, reality. Students in this class will learn how to look at documentaries with a critical eye by not only studying the subject, but also by participating directly in the making of an actual documentary video. Prerequisite: ENL101 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring.

COM231 Advanced Radio Production
Buidling upon the skill based in COM113, students will learn advanced radio production skills. Advanced production techniques will be discussed and applied to on-air and remote broadcasts. Students will learn production software and automation broadcast software in regards to music/commercial programming and voice tracking. Prerequisite: COM113 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring.

COM262 Mass Communication Coop Work Exp
This course is designed to expand student knowledge through actual work involvement within an area of mass communication. Working with a mentor and collaborating with an employer, the student will develop a list of learning objectives that will become an integral part of the experience. Prerequisite: COM105, 6 other hours from mass communication suggested sequence list, and permission of co-op coordinator / 1, 2 or 3 credits. May be repeated once; 6 credits maximum.

COM299 Independent Study: Communications
A voluntary effort by both student and faculty member defined as a.) a strict independent study within the discipline, not a regular academic course; or b.) additional credit for an independent study project within the regular academic course; or c.) an interdisciplinary project not associated with the established course.