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COMM 1129 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

News Publications I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Demonstrated competence or approved by the instructor.
Course Description: All publication courses must be taken in sequence. Individual assignments are made for student media. Assignments may be in writing, advertising, photography, cartooning, and editing. Students are required to work on the staff of at least one of the official college publications for prescribed periods under faculty supervision. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015406

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COMM 1130 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

News Publications II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 1129.
Course Description: All publication courses must be taken in sequence. Individual assignments are made for student media. Assignments may be in writing, advertising, photography, cartooning, and editing. Students are required to work at prescribed periods under supervision and must attend staff meetings. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015406


COMM 1238 (2 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, RLC

Television Production III
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 1337 or DRAM 1337 or instructor approval.
Course Description: Practical experience in the operation of television studio and control room equipment, including both pre- and post-production needs. (2 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1002025206


COMM 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Mass Communications
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Course Description: Study of the media by which entertainment and information messages are delivered. Includes an overview of the traditional mass media: their functions, structures, supports, and influences. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0901025106

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COMM 1316 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

News Photography I
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Course Description: Introduction to problems and practices of photography for newspapers, and/or fine art purposes/commercial output. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, digital and print media. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015506

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COMM 1317 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

News Photography II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 1316.
Course Description: Advanced problems and practices of photography for newspapers, and/or fine art purposes/commercial output. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, digital and print media. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015506

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COMM 1318 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC

Photography I
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Course Description: (1st semester, journalism emphasis) ( Also see ARTS 2356 for fine arts emphasis) Introduction to the basics of photography. Includes camera operation, techniques, knowledge of chemistry, and presentation skills. Emphasis on design, history, and contemporary trends as a means of developing an understanding of photographic aesthetics. This course is cross-listed as ARTS 2356. The student may register for either COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 5006055126


COMM 1319 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC

Photography II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 1318.
Course Description: Extends the students' knowledge of technique and guides them in developing personal outlooks toward specific applications of the photographic process. This course is cross-listed as ARTS 2357. The student may register for either COMM 1319 or ARTS 2357 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (2 Lec. 4 Lab)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 5006055226


COMM 1335 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, RLC

Survey of Radio/Television
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Study of the development, regulation, economics, social impact, and industry practices in broadcasting and cable communication. Includes non-broadcast television, new technologies, and other communication systems. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0901025206


COMM 1336 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, RLC

Television Production I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: This course introduces the student to station organization, studio operation, and the use of studio equipment. Topics include continuity, camera operation, sound, lighting, and videotape recording. Practical experience in the operation of television studio and control room equipment, including both pre- and post-production needs. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1002025206

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COMM 1337 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, RLC

Television Production II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 1336.
Course Description: This course is a continuation of Communications1336. Emphasis is on the concept and technique of production of television broadcasts in practical situations. Practical experience in the operation of television studio and control room equipment, including both pre- and post-production needs. This course was previously cross-listed as DRAM 1337. The student may receive credit for only one of the two, either COMM 1337 or DRAM 1337. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1002025206

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COMM 2129 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

News Publications III
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 1130.
Course Description: All publication courses must be taken in sequence. Individual assignments are made for student media. Assignments may be in writing, advertising, photography, cartooning, and editing. Students are required to work on the staff of at least one of the official college publications for prescribed periods under faculty supervision. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015406

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COMM 2130 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

News Publications IV
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 2129.
Course Description: All publication courses must be taken in sequence. Individual assignments are made for student media. Assignments may be in writing, advertising, photography, cartooning, and editing. Students are required to work on the staff of at least one of the official college publications for prescribed periods under faculty supervision. (3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015406

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COMM 2300 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, RLC

Media Literacy
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Criticism and analysis of the function, role, and responsibility of the mass media in modern society from the consumer perspective. Includes the ethical problems and issues facing each media format, with the effect of political, economic, and cultural factors on the operation of the media. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0901025306


COMM 2302 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, RLC

Principles of Journalism
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 1307, 1316, 2311 and 2315.
Course Description: Exploration of ethical and legal boundaries as well as issues and problems facing today's journalist. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015206


COMM 2303 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

Radio/Television Production
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Concepts and techniques of sound production, including the coordinating and directing processes. Hands-on experience with equipment, sound sources, and direction of talent. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 1002025106


COMM 2304 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at NLC

Introduction to Cinematic Production
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Basic single-camera production concepts and techniques. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 5006025226


COMM 2305 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, RLC

Editing and Layout
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Editing and layout processes, with emphasis on accuracy and fairness, including the principles and techniques of design. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015106


COMM 2309 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, RLC

News Editing & Copy Reading I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Copy editing for errors of fact and interpretation of English. Includes newspaper style, headline writing, proofreading, and page makeup. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015306


COMM 2311 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

News Gathering and Writing I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: Typing ability.
Course Description: Fundamentals of writing news for the mass media. Includes instruction in methods and techniques for gathering, processing, and delivering news in a professional manner. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015706

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COMM 2315 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, NLC, RLC

News Gathering and Writing II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 2311.
Course Description: Continuation of the aims and objectives of news gathering and writing with emphasis on advanced reporting techniques. (2 Lec.,3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904015806

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COMM 2316 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, RLC

Interviewing
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Application of communication concepts in selected interview settings with emphasis on dyadic communication, questioning techniques, interview structure, and persuasion. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0901015206


COMM 2324 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Practicum in Electronic Media
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Lecture and laboratory instruction and participation. (2 Lec. 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 090701530


COMM 2325 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at NLC, RLC

Practicum in Electronic Media
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 2324.
Course Description: Lecture and laboratory instruction and participation. (2 Lec. 4 Lab)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0907015306


COMM 2326 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, NLC, RLC

Practicum in Electronic Media
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 2325.
Course Description: Lecture and laboratory instruction and participation. (2 Lec. 4 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0907015306


COMM 2327 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, RLC

Intro to Advertising
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Fundamentals of advertising including marketing theory and strategy, copy writing, design, and selection of media. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0909035106


COMM 2328 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Advertising Art I
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Communication of ideas through processes and techniques of graphic design and illustration. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 5004025126


COMM 2329 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at RLC

Advertising Art II
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: COMM 2328 or instructor approval.
Course Description: Communication of ideas through processes and techniques of graphic design and illustration. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 5004025126


COMM 2330 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, RLC

Introduction to Public Relations
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Exploration of the history and development of public relations. Presentation of the theory behind and process of public relations, including the planning, implementation, and evaluation of PR campaigns. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0909025106


COMM 2331 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, RLC

Radio/Television Announcing
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Principles of announcing: study of voice, diction, pronunciation and delivery. Experience in various types of announcing. Study of phonetics is recommended. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0907015406


COMM 2332 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, RLC

Radio/Television News
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Preparation and analysis of news styles for the electronic media. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904025206


COMM 2339 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC, NLC, RLC

Writing for Radio, Television, & Film
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to basic script formats, terminology, and writing techniques, including the writing of commercials, public service announcements, promotions, news, documentary, and fictional materials. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0904025106


COMM 2366 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Introduction to Film
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Course Description: Emphasis on the analysis of the visual and aural aspects of selected motion pictures, dramatic aspects of narrative films, and historical growth and sociological effect of film as an art. This course is cross-listed as DRAM 2366. The student may register for either COMM 2366 or DRAM 2366 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 5006025126


COMM 2389 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, EFC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Academic Cooperative in Communication
This is a Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 AND DWRI 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading and Writing standards AND the college Writing score prerequisite requirement. Must also have instructor approval.
Course Description: This instructional program is designed to integrate on-campus study with practical hands-on work experience in Communication. In conjunction with class seminars, the student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of Communication. This course is cross-listed as SPCH 2389. The student may register for either COMM 2389 or SPCH 2389 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (1 Lec., 5 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 2401035212

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Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.


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