Graduate Programs

Graduate Courses, Spring 2022

COMM 501 Proseminar in Mass Communications

Mondays, 2:30-5:40 p.m. / Matt Jordan

Overview of paradigms in mass communications research

COMM 511 Qualitative Research Methods in Mass Communications

Wednesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. / Stephanie Madden

This course focuses on the nature of qualitative research methodology for studying mass/mediated communication topics and to relevant research techniques. There is special emphasis on qualitative epistemology, ethnographic approaches, interviews, focus group, textual analysis, and mixed-method approaches.

COMM 516 Introduction to Data Analysis in Communications

Tuesdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. / Jessica Myrick

To understand and be able to use data analysis techniques common to research in communications. COMM 516 Introduction to Data Analysis in Communications (3)This class serves as an introduction to data analysis techniques commonly employed in the field of communications and in related disciplines. The course will employ a commonly-used statistical package to illustrate concepts (e.g., Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, SPSS), and instruction will be provided on how to employ statistical software to conduct a variety of specific analysis techniques. These techniques will include descriptive statistics, analysis of variance, correlation and regression, and exploratory factor analysis. Examples of research from the communications discipline and related fields will be used throughout the semester to illustrate concepts. Emphasis will be placed on decisions involved in the data analyses process, interpretation of data, and effective presentation of results in journal-article format. Evaluation will be based on short take-home assignments, exams, and a final paper.

COMM 517 Psychological Aspects of Communication Technology

Fridays, 10:10 a.m. - 1:10 p.m. / S. Shyam Sundar

Investigation of psychological aspects of human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication (CMC). COMM 517 Psychological Aspects of Communication (3) This graduate seminar is devoted to the investigation of psychological aspects of human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication (CMC). Theories and empirical research from communication, psychology, and human-computer studies will be used to explore social responses to communication technologies; uses and effects of unique technological features such as interactivity and navigability upon individual users' thoughts, emotions, and behaviors; nature and dynamics of interpersonal and group interaction when mediated by technology; how issues of "source" and "self" are altered by computer-based media; and psychological consequences of internet use, such as addiction and depression. A primary goal of the seminar is to draw out, through readings, discussion and empirical exploration, fundamental theoretical and practical implications of these lines of research for interface design, psychological processing of mediated form and content, human-web site interaction, and internet-based mass, group and interpersonal communication.

COMM 520 Seminar Advertising Problems

Thursdays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. / Frank Dardis

COMM 582 Ethics in Emerginc Communications Technology

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. / Patrick Plaisance

Identification and analysis of ethical issues raised by electronic communications technologies.