2005-2006 UAF Catalog


Degrees and Program Index


Communication

Due to enrollment pressures, it is Department of Communication policy to drop from the class roll students who fail to attend either of the first two meetings of a basic course (COMM 131X and 141X) even if they have preregistered. Prerequisite for all 600-level communication courses is admission to the M.A. degree Professional Communication program or permission of instructor.


COMM 131X 3 Credits
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Group Context

Presentational speaking skills: individual and group. Includes verbal and nonverbal skills, critical thinking in selecting and organizing materials, audience analysis, and speaking presentation. Group skills include task and relational interaction, required interdependence, working across cultural differences, group decision-making and shared logistics of presentation. Student evaluations are based on nationally normed speaking competencies. (3+0) Offered Fall, Spring


COMM 141X 3 Credits
Fundamentals of Oral Communication: Public Context

Speaking skills for individual presentation. Includes verbal and nonverbal skills, critical thinking in selecting and organizing materials, audience analysis, informative and persuasive speaking, and actual presentations. Student evaluations are based on nationally normed speaking competencies. (3+0) Offered Fall, Spring


COMM 180 3 Credits
Introduction to Human Communication (s)

Critical thinking about fundamental concepts in human communication in interpersonal, group, public, organizational and intercultural settings. Introduction to inquiry into human communication as a social science. (3+0) Offered Fall


COMM 231 3 Credits
Business and Professional Communication (s)

Designed to provide the student with practical applications of communication in organizations. Includes superior-subordinate communication, conference and meeting management, oral presentation of written proposals, and the examination of information flow through organizational networks. (Prerequisite: Any 100-level oral communication course or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 280 3 Credits
Communication and Diversity (s)
Provides students with a cognitive and experiential foundation for understanding how the communication process works in the context of diversity. Includes an in-depth examination of those processes and products of processes that lead communicators to devalue differences in one another. (3+0) Offered Spring


COMM 300X 3 Credits
Communicating Ethics (h)

An examination of ethical choices which are communicated in everyday encounters. Examines human moral development from a variety of perspectives, including feminist interpretations. Creation and communication of human values explored through the discussion of a series of contemporary dilemmas. Also available via Independent Learning. (Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.) (3+0) Offered Spring


COMM 320 3 Credits
Communication and Language (s)

Examination of the nature of language and its place in human communication, with special attention to the creation of meaning in conversation. (Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 321W 3 Credits
Nonverbal Communication (s)

Non-lexical behavior in human communication, including consideration of space, physical environment, physical appearance and dress, kinesics, facial expression, and non-lexical vocal behavior. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X, 211X or 213X; and any lower-division communication course or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 322W 3 Credits
Communication in Interpersonal Relationships (s)

An examination of communication in the most basic human context, the relational dyad. Emphasis on the ongoing, co-construction of the relationship as communicative action. Discussion of interpersonal relationships generally, and extensive discussion of communication in the patterns of coming together, relationship maintenance, relational and personal growth in relationships, relational conflict and relational disengagement. Theoretical and practical perspectives. Prerequisite: ENGL 111X, 211X or 213X.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 330 3 Credits
Intercultural Communication (s)

The nature and the sources of problems in communication that may arise when persons with different cultural backgrounds interact. Emphasis on problems in intercultural communication in Alaska. (Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 331O 3 Credits
Advanced Group Communication (s)

Current research and theory in intergroup and intragroup relations. Topics include the study of leadership, power, group structure, participation and conflict. (Prerequisites COMM 131X or 141X: and any 100-level communication course; or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 335O 3 Credits
Organizational Communication (s)

Examines current theoretical and methodological approaches undergirding the construction of organizations via the communication process. Includes functional (message flow, load and network analysis) as well as interpretive (metaphors, narratives and organizational culture) approaches to the study of organizational communication. (Prerequisites COMM 131X or 141X: and one lower-division communication course; or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 351 3 Credits
Gender and Communication (s)
(Cross-listed with WMS 351)

Basic socialization differences exist in the communication practices of women and men in every culture, resulting in differing cultural constructions of male and female gender. Those differences are addressed in the interpersonal, organizational and cultural contexts. Exploration of cultural female/male dichotomy as well as individual similarities. (Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 352 3 Credits
Family Communication (s)

Exploration of the functions of communication in marriage and the family, sequences and patterns of family communication, family communication as a continual process of coping with dialectical tensions, and the complexity of changing family life in Western societies. (Prerequisite: Any lower-division communication course or permission of instructor. COMM 322 recommended. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 353 3 Credits
Conflict, Mediation and Communication (s)

Examines conflict as a complex communication event, together with the role of the mediator in building constructive outcomes in conflicts. Emphasis on developing skills to engage in mediation. (Prerequisite: Any 100-level communication course or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 401 3 Credits
Communication Research Methods (s)

Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies employed in the conduct of research on communication phenomena. (Prerequisite: Any 300-level communication courses or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 425W 3 Credits
Communication Theory (s)

Theories of human communication, as well as of the nature of inquiry into human communication phenomena. Issues include the nature of communication as a discipline, critical and scientific inquiry, and major paradigms or perspectives within which communication theories are created. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X, 211X or 213X; and any 300-level communication course; or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 432O 3 Credits
Professional Public Speaking

Professional clear effective speaking. Uses evaluation criteria and assignments to build speaking competencies. Professional preparation for students whose career path includes public speaking. (Prerequisites COMM 131X or 141X: and senior standing. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Spring


COMM 441 3 Credits
Persuasion (s)

Examination of communication situations which involve attempts to modify the beliefs, attitudes, values, intentions, or behaviors of another individual or group of individuals. Explores the process, methods and ethics of attempts to affect change via persuasive communication. (Prerequisite: Any 300-level communication course or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 462W 3 Credits
Communication in Health Contexts (s)

Health communication as an established context for communication study will be explored. Problems in health communication will be examined as well as how those problems are exacerbated by the various matters of diversity, language and setting. Communication between health care professionals, between health care providers and health care consumers, between health care facilities and communities, and the legal perspectives of health communication will be topical. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X, 211X or 213X; and any 300-level communication course; or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Spring


COMM 475W 3 Credits
Applied Communication in Training and Development (s)

Applies communication theory and research to organizational settings. Includes the identification and assessment of problems and opportunities that would benefit from the application of communication interventions including training, development and transformation technologies. (Prerequisites: ENGL 111X, 211X or 213X; and any 300-level communication course; or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 482W,O 3 Credits
Capstone Seminar in Communication (s)

Original research to demonstrate ability to read and understand social research, synthesize information, formalize a research question and research skills. This senior capstone course requires a research project presented in a public speaking forum. (Prerequisite: ENGL 111X; ENGL 211X or ENGL 213X; COMM 131X or 141X; and COMM 401; or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 600 3 Credits
Introduction to Professional Communication

An introduction to professional practices important to communication careers. Professional writing and editing methods and techniques used in academic and/or professional careers. Development and presentation of professional reports which would include quantitatively- and qualitatively-based support. A.P.A. style guide will be covered. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Fall


COMM 601 3 Credits
Communication Research Methodologies (Social Science)
(Cross-listed with JRN 601)

Introduction to the range of methodologies used to produce both practical and theoretic knowledge in the discipline. Presents the relationships between scientific questions, appropriate selection of methodology and types of knowledge products. Note: 601 is a required core course for the master's degree in Professional Communication. (Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 602 3 Credits
Communication Research Methodologies (Human Science)

Introduction to research using a constructionist epistemology and the methodologies of the human science contexture. Includes evaluation and preparation of research using a variety of methodologies and to employ the data collection techniques that are implied by those methodologies. (Prerequisites: COMM 601 and 625, or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Spring


COMM 622 3 Credits
Interpersonal Interaction

All understandings of communication study begin at the interpersonal level because this is the context in which the relation of self and the social is most clear. Interpersonal Interaction will provide students an opportunity to investigate a particular communication context of their choice (health comm., family comm., comm. and aging, conflict comm., relational comm., comm. education, etc.) and ways in which interpersonal interactions interconnect human social life at all levels of lived experience. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 625 3 Credits
Communication Theory
(Cross-listed with JRN 625)

Communication 625 is a required course for the master's degree in Professional Communication. The course is designed to acquaint students with both the historical evolution of the discipline against the backdrop of the evolution of the social sciences and with the theoretical perspectives of knowledge-building that have marked that disciplinary evolution. Students will learn the contextual interconnectedness of philosophy and theory. Finally, Communication Theory will also make the essential connections between theoretical perspectives and their professional uses. (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 631 3 Credits
Teambuilding

Links small group communication theory and methods to professional applications. The focus is on ways to create, maintain and reward productive work teams. Face-to-face and mediated group sessions will be discussed as well as the impact of professional work groups on organizational teambuilding. Students will work with teambuilding interventions that they will be able to apply in a variety of organizational settings. (Recommended: COMM 625. Prerequisite: COMM 600.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Spring


COMM 635 3 Credits
Organizational Culture and Communication

Organizational Culture and Communication addresses the most contemporary perspective of communication in the organizational context. The interpretive paradigm will be examined in terms of the broad range of knowledge currently being generated by Communication scholars and other professionals who are looking more closely at the ways communication produces the social contexts in which it occurs. Human organizations and their transparency to the communication of their members is the pragmatic substance of the course. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in MA in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Fall


COMM 642 3 Credits
Health Communication

Health Communication is intended to give students and interested professionals in related fields access to the most current research in this area. The course will address human communication at every level of interaction in the provision of health care: interpersonal (e.g., doctor/patient), small group (e.g., clinic cardiac team), intra-organizational (e.g., medical staff and business staff), interorganizational (e.g., hospital and schools), public campaigns (e.g., Center for Disease Control and prevention initiatives on drunk driving), and associated communication factors such as culture and diversity. Includes involvement in research and grant-proposal writing. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in MA in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor.) (3+0) Offered As Demand Warrants


COMM 661 1 Credit
Mentored Teaching in Communication

Mentored teaching provides consistent contact on course-related issues between teaching assistants and mentoring faculty. (Prerequisites: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication or permission of instructor; award to teaching assistantship in communication. Note: Teaching assistants are required to be enrolled in a mentoring teaching section while teaching. May be repeated up to four times for credit.) (1+0+2) Offered Fall, Spring


COMM 675 3 Credits
Training and Development Communication

Training and Development Communication offers students practical, current understandings of planned training, development and transformation processes as they are applied in the organizational setting. The information and class projects will help prepare training and development specialists, consultants and others whose interest is in this growing communication field. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in MA in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 680 3 Credits
Communication and Diversity in the Professional World

Students will learn to apply case study methods to the ever-expanding problems of communication in a changing workplace. The diversity of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, physical ability, sexual orientation and age are reshaping the professional world at every level and Communication professionals are increasingly called upon to formulate ways of accommodating this change. The course will prepare students to address diversity and planned changes in the workplace. (Prerequisite: Enrollment in M.A. in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2006--07.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 682 3 Credits
Seminar in Communication

A variable content seminar intended to give students an opportunity to work closely with communication faculty in the study of topics, ideas or methodologies significant to the communication discipline (e.g. relational conflict, social construction, narrative research, etc.). (Prerequisite: Enrollment in MA in Professional Communication degree or permission of instructor. Next offered: 2005--06.) (3+0) Offered Alternate Years


COMM 699 3 Credits
Thesis

Every candidate for the Communication concentration of the master's degree in Professional Communication will complete a thesis project. The requirement consists of an original piece of Communication research directed by a member of the graduate faculty in the Communication Department. The completed and accepted thesis will be presented in an appropriate public forum. (0+0) Offered Fall, Spring


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