Communication

COM 125

Job Search Strategies.  This course is designed to help a student plan and organize a job search, compose job search documents, and demonstrate job-ready behaviors.  Topics include resumes, cover letters, references, job applications, interviews, and follow-up letters.
1 credit hour

 

COM 030

Introductory English as a Second Language.  Basic English language for daily life in an American college; industry-related vocabulary, reading comprehension and pronunciation; giving directions and checking comprehension of instructions; present, past and future tenses, and modal verbs.
3 credit hours

 

COM 035

Intermediate English as a Second Language.  Communicating detailed stories of the past or plans for the future; perfect and continuous tenses; colloquial expressions and phrasal verbs.
2 credit hours

 

COM 050

Reading Fundamentals.  This course is for students to develop their basic reading skills for college and work.  Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of reading comprehension, strengthening vocabulary, and the development of higher order thinking skills.
Prerequisite:  Appropriate reading placement score.
3 credit hours

 

COM 070

College Reading Preparation.  This course is for students to acquire and improve those reading skills necessary for college-level course work.  Emphasis will be placed on reading strategically and flexibly, expanding vocabulary, and demonstrating critical thinking skills.
Prerequisite:  Appropriate reading placement score, or COM 050 with a grade of “C” or better.
3 credit hours

 

COM 095

Basic Writing.  This course is for students who need to improve basic writing skills.  Emphasis will be placed on improving student skills in basic grammar and focusing on the foundation of composition.  Students will progress from sentences to basic paragraph writing assignments.
Students must achieve a “C” or better to advance to COM 097.
Prerequisite:  Appropriate writing placement score.

3 credit hours

 

COM 097

Intermediate Writing.  This course is for students who need to develop skills necessary for college-level writing.  Emphasis will be placed on adapting texts to affect an audience and accomplish a purpose, developing essays, and introducing beginning concepts of research and documentation.  Students will progress from paragraph to basic essay writing assignments.
Students must achieve a “C” or better to advance to COM 101.  Prerequisite:  Appropriate writing placement score, or COM 095 with a grade of “C” or better.
3 credit hours

 

**COM 101

English Composition.  This course is for students to progress their college-level writing skills by practicing the writing process, including prewriting, writing, revising, and editing.  Emphasis will be placed on distinguishing between fact and opinion, supporting opinions with facts, and organizing ideas in a logical manner.  Students will progress from basic to more complex essays utilizing a variety of rhetorical modes and understanding the basic components of research.
Prerequisites:  Appropriate writing placement score, or COM 097 with a grade of “C” or better and appropriate reading placement score, or
Corequisite:  COM 070 with a grade of “C” or better.

3 credit hours

 

COM 102

English Composition II:  Writing the Research Paper.  This course is for students to continue developing composition skills. This course stresses writing as a process designed to teach students to find and use library and online resources, to analyze reading materials, to organize and present information accurately, and to cite research sources correctly.
Prerequisite:  COM 101.
3 credit hours

 

**COM 110

Honors Composition.  This course is open only to those students who demonstrate above average ability on a department-approved placement test.  The course is designed to offer a more challenging and rewarding experience for such students.  Emphasis in the course is on development of ideas through the use of rhetorical patterns.  Students will read widely and intensively and write a research paper.
Prerequisites:  Appropriate writing placement score and appropriate reading placement score.
3 credit hours

 

**COM 111

Oral Communications.  A study and practice of interpersonal and group communication skills focusing upon the development and improvement of communication.  Topics include verbal and nonverbal techniques, listening skills, professional presentations, conflict resolution, and group dynamics.
Prerequisite:  Appropriate reading placement score, or Corequisite:  COM 070 with a grade of “C” or better.
3 credit hours

 

**COM 121

Public Speaking. This course is designed to prepare the student to give speeches and oral presentations.  Course will include audience analysis, speech content and preparation, and speech delivery.
This course may be substituted for COM 111. Prerequisite: Appropriate reading placement score, or Corequisite: COM 070 with a grade of “C” or better.
3 credit hours

 

COM 130

Fundamentals of Effective Reading.  This course helps students improve their reading skills for specific technical career development.  Students will practice strategies for effectively reading a variety of texts related to a technical career.  Active and critical reading skills will be included.
2 credit hours

 

COM 134

Effective and Critical Reading.  This course helps students develop their reading skills as a resource for career development and lifelong learning.  Methods for effectively reading a variety of challenging materials such as technical manuals and textbooks will be practiced.  Active and critical reading skills will be included.
3 credit hours

 

COM 201

Occupational Communication.  The purpose of this course is to teach the student to write a variety of business documents in an effective and appropriate style.  In addition, students will prepare and deliver oral presentations relating to the work place.
Prerequisite:  COM 101 or COM 110 with a grade of “C” or better.
3 credit hours

 

COM 211

Technical Writing.  This course covers the organization and writing of technical documents including proposals, memos, letters, reports, instructions, and electronic communications.  Other topics include audience analysis, multiculturalism, graphics, and page design, and ethical and legal considerations. Prerequisite:  COM 101 or COM 110 with a grade of “C” or better.
3 credit hours

 

COM 280

American Literature:  1865 to Present.  This course examines a broad overview of American literature from the end of the Civil War to the present. The historical perspective will be examined as we study different genres and literary movements. Through written assignments, class discussion, and exams, students will gain greater understanding of how American literature both influenced and was influenced by an evolving American culture.
Prerequisite:  COM 101 with a grade of “C” or better.
3 credit hours

 

COM 290

Introduction to Theatre.  This course offers an introduction to the theatrical productions and performance.  Topics will include acting, directing, and critique of a live performance.  The course will also introduce basic terminology, history, script analysis, and technical aspects of theater.
3 credit hours

 

COM 292

Introduction to Theatre II.  This course continues the study begun in COM 290 and offers an introduction to the theatrical concerns of acting, voice, and movement.  Topics will include listening, improvisation, dramatic reading, monologues, and duet acting.  Field trips to attend various theatrical performances will also be included.
Prerequisite:  COM 290.
3 credit hours

 

COM 299

Special Topics in Communications.  Special Topics in Communications (COM) is open to students who have reached advanced standing but wish to continue further study and practice in communications.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to communications or a combination of communications and the student’s major with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.

The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits. 
1-4 credit hours

**This course meets the oral and written communication general education requirement.
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