Credit Courses

(CMN) Communication

CMN 101 - Mass Media (3 credits)
Corequisite: ENG 101
Survey of the growth and development of books, newspapers, magazines, film, radio, television, cable, the Internet, and new media delivery systems. Analysis of the mass media's impact on society and individuals, and whether the media effectively fulfill their functions as deliverers of information, persuasion, entertainment, and culture. 3 lecture hours
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CMN 102 - Media Issues and Ethics (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a minimum C grade
An examination of current issues and ethical dilemmas in mass media such as sensationalism, press censorship, violence, political coverage, rights of privacy, and photo manipulation. The implications of recent developments in mass media and current regulation of broadcast and cable media are discussed. Students read, evaluate and analyze media ethical case studies. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Humanities
CMN 107 - Cinema (3 credits)
Study of artistic achievement in the film medium from the point of view of the director (author). Classic and contemporary feature films are viewed, analyzed and discussed, including the works of such directors as Griffith, Eisentein, Chaplin, Hitchcock, Bergman, DeSica, and Welles. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Communication
CMN 111 - Speech: Human Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisite: eligibility for placement in ENG 101
Exploration of the fundamental elements, characteristics, and processes of communication, including communicating in a multicultural society, interpersonal, intrapersonal, as well as small group contexts. Oral presentation experiences are heavily integrated throughout the course with a focus on public speaking design and delivery. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Communication
CMN 112 - Public Speaking (3 credits)
Prerequisite: eligibility for placement in ENG 101
Theory and practice of strategic, confident, and credible public speaking. Involves a variety of oral presentation experiences, including special occasion, personal experience, panel/group discussion, impromptu, informative and persuasive speaking. Focus on anxiety management, speech design, communication ethics, diverse audiences, and dynamic delivery. 3 lecture hours
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CMN 122 - Organizational Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101
Study of the knowledge, skills, sensitivity, and values associated with the variety of communications within and between organizations. An exploration of various methods, channels, and audiences of organizational communication in the corporate world. 3 lecture hours
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CMN 125 - Public Relations (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a minimum C grade
Comprehensive study of public relations including identifying and reaching internal and external publics, dealing with print and electronic media, advertising, printing, direct mail, and preparing a public relations plan and budget. Also involves the writing of news releases, public service announcements, and advertising copy. [occasional offering] 3 lecture hours
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CMN 131 - Journalism I (3 credits)
Corequisite: ENG 101
Introduction to the news media with particular emphasis on the newspaper and newswriting, the history of the press, and controversial issues facing the press. Active participation with the student paper, The College Voice, is integral. 3 lecture hours
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CMN 141 - Introduction to TV Production (3 credits)
Basic theory and operation of TV production equipment including camera, switcher, character generator, prompter, audio console, and lighting. Following study of studio procedure, students plan, produce, write, and direct several short video productions. 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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CMN 142 - Intermediate TV Production (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CMN 141 with a minimum C grade
Production of programming with complete formats such as news, interview, music, drama, and fashion. Students plan, produce, write, and direct 15-minute interview/demonstration programs. 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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CMN 143 - Graphics and Effects for Video (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CMN 141 with a minimum C grade
Corequisite: CMN 142
Techniques for using graphics and visual effects to enhance video productions through the use of digital imaging and compositing software. A variety of multimedia production projects reinforces proper file management and image compression techniques. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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CMN 144 - Screenwriting (3 credits)
Prerequisites or Corequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102
Aimed at the conception, planning and writing of screenplays. Through a series of writing exercises, scenes, short scripts and treatments, the student is expected to complete a 20-page short film script. The basics of character development, narrative, structure, texture, genre, and the ability to visualize in writing are explored. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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CMN 145 - Acting/Directing for the Camera (3 credits)
Corequisite: ENG 101
Focuses on the application of acting and directing actors for single-camera film production. This hands-on course addresses the aesthetics, theory and practice of camera placement, shot execution, and the many aspects of directing the actor. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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CMN 146 - Social Media Technologies (3 credits)
Extensive exploration of current social media technologies, utilizing the Mac platform, for storytelling and narrative purposes. With emphasis on usability, management and distribution, topics include multimedia development and design; the media elements of text, graphics, sound and video; and trends in emerging hardware and software. Multimedia projects demonstrate technical understanding and coherent narratives. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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CMN 147 - Introduction to Story (3 credits)
Aimed at the analysis, deconstruction, and construction of story. Analyzing a series of films, television shows, graphic novels, video games and transmedia properties, students explore the basics of character development, narrative, arc, structure, and genre. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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CMN 151 - Introduction to Radio (3 credits)
Orientation to commercial radio in the United States. Topics include historical development, ownership, management, programming, music, sales, promotion, radio journalism, commercial copy writing, audience measurement, the ethics of broadcasting, and government regulation. Students learn the hands-on technical skills necessary to operate both analog and digital consoles and audio editing software. Production projects include newscasts, commercials, and music programs. 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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CMN 153 - Digital Audio Production I (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CMN 151 with a minimum C grade
Students practice and develop audio production techniques used in broadcasting and other commercial applications. Theory of audio fundamentals combines with lab exploration of digital editing, digital multi-tracking, digital music creation, synchronizing audio with video. Students write and/or produce commercials, documentaries and short soundtracks for video and other entertainment venues. 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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CMN 161 - Writing for Media (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101
Overview of written formats commonly used in radio and television. Writing assignments include 30- and 60-second radio and television commercials, broadcast news copy, interviews, public service announcements, and dramatic teleplays. 3 lecture hours
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CMN 201 - Persuasion and Propaganda (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CMN 111 or CMN 112
Inquiry into the forces of persuasion and propaganda as they exist in a technological society and how they influence beliefs, attitudes and actions. 3 lecture hours
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CMN 211 - Interpersonal Communication in Human Relations (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CMN 111 or CMN 112
Combining theory and practice, examines the nature and skills of interpersonal communication. Emphasizes the uniqueness of interpersonal communication as opposed to other forms of human communication. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Diversity and Global Perspective
CMN 214 - Issues in Intercultural Communication in the U.S. (3 credits)
Examines communication that bridges diverse cultures, values and realities. Explores racial, sexual, and class identities and the impact of privilege on the ability to relate to others. Develops effective communication skills for addressing obstacles to global citizenship. 3 lecture hours
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General Education course Diversity and Global Perspective
CMN 215 - Communication and Gender (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or equivalent English skills
Critically analyzes issues of gender and communication. Examines theoretical perspectives used to explain gender phenomena, gender socialization, male and female interactions and stereotypes, with an emphasis on improving communication skills. 3 lecture hours
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CMN 231 - Journalism II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ENG 101
Addresses the various kinds of newswriting (straight news, features, interpretative, editorial), editing, and the techniques of reporting (interviewing; surveys; coverage of events, meetings, speeches). Actual newspaper production aspects including layout, photojournalism, and graphics are experienced through practical work on the student paper, The College Voice. 3 lecture hours
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CMN 241 - Applied Field Production for Video (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CMN 141, CMN 142, CMN 143 with a minimum C grade
Develops practical skills and knowledge of video production while executing a project for a community client in a professional atmosphere. Pre-production, production, and post-production activities center around the realities of client expectations, professional deadlines, and working together as one production unit. Advanced post-production techniques are implemented utilizing professional-level software and applications. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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CMN 242 - Advanced Film Production (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CMN 141, CMN 142, CMN 143, CMN 241
Advanced television students enhance knowledge and skills while writing, editing, producing and marketing a short film or documentary. Students apply pre-production, production, and post-production skills with the goal of competing in a television program film festival. 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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CMN 243 - Cinematography (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CMN 141, CMN 142
Covers directing, lighting, and camera work through lecture and text materials. Includes an overview of cinematic production with attention to the art of lighting and cinematography. Additionally introduces steadi-cam camera technique, camera lens systems, cinema lighting techniques, and hi-definition image acquisition. 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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CMN 250 - Announcing for Radio and Electronic Media (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CMN 151 with a minimum C grade or permission of course coordinator
Students explore, practice and develop announcing techniques used in broadcasting and other commercial applications. Practical assignments provide training for a variety of professional roles such as radio disc jockeys, broadcast journalists, voice-over announcers, and voice actors. Students produce commercials, public service announcements, interview programs, and corporate/industrial voice-overs and simulate the on-air sound of various radio station formats. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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CMN 252 - Applied Radio Programming and Production (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CMN 153 and CMN 250 with a minimum C grade
Study of the development and nature of current radio formats, programming philosophies, and group ownership. Students analyze and critique current radio formats and create a commercially-viable format of their own. Students apply advanced production techniques to produce station "imagers," format demos, and an audition CD suitable for entry-level positions. 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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CMN 253 - Digital Audio Production II (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CMN 153
An overview of multitrack recording techniques using state-of-the-art digital audio workstations. Topics include mastering techniques, digital signal processing, auto-tune, session management, and techniques for real-time and processed audio plug-ins including reverb, delay, sampling, automation, MIDI sequencing, and virtual instruments. Students produce multilayered recordings using live talent in a studio environment. 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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CMN 254 - Live Sound Reinforcement (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ETT 102 or permission of coordinator
Basic principles of the behavior of sound in various environments, with emphasis on signal flow, acoustics, sound reinforcement setups and installation, signal processing, as well as microphone selection and placement. Includes setting up sound systems and mixing live music. Topics include microphones, recording equipment, control consoles, reproduction techniques, amplification, distribution, loudspeaker systems, frequency response, decibels, and dynamic range. 2 lecture/2 laboratory hours
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CMN 255 - Sound Design for the Entertainment Industry (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CMN 153, CMN 254
Examines audio production techniques, technologies, and aesthetics related to the development of a compelling soundtrack for theatre, television, radio or the Internet. Through training in all phases of digital sound recording, editing and mixing, students work with location and field recording equipment and use advanced editing and mixing techniques associated with digital audio workstations. 1 lecture/4 laboratory hours
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CMN 260 - Convergence Newsroom (3 credits)
Prerequisite: CMN 131
A multimedia capstone course in convergence media. Students complete all elements of online and print news including writing a variety of journalistic articles, taking photographs, making and editing video footage, designing info graphics, learning the fundamentals of marketing and preparing all content for both online and print formats. 2 lecture/2 studio hours
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CMN 274 - Radio/TV Management (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CMN 101, CMN 141, CMN 151 with a minimum C grade
Study of the functions of middle and upper managers of radio, television, and cable operations. As individuals and as members of a management team, students solve case studies of typical problems faced by general managers, program directors, news directors, promotions directors, and sales managers in broadcast and cable companies. [Spring offering] 3 lecture hours
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CMN 285 - Special Studies in Television Production (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CMN 242, CMN 301, minimum 3.0 GPA, and divisional permission
Opportunity for students who have completed all regular television writing and production courses to continue their studies at an advanced level. Individual students and faculty develop a project contract that sets forth objectives, standards of quality, evaluation guidelines, and deadlines. [occasional offering]

CMN 286 - Special Studies in Radio Production (3 credits)
Prerequisites: CMN 161, CMN 252, minimum 3.0 GPA, and divisional permission
Opportunity for students who have completed all regular radio writing and production courses to continue their studies at an advanced level. Individual students and faculty develop a project contract that sets forth objectives, standards of quality, evaluation guidelines, and deadlines. [occasional offering]

CMN 287 - Special Studies in Communication (3 credits)
Prerequisites: second-year standing as a Communication program major at MCCC and permission of the program coordinator; minimum 3.0 GPA
Opportunity for students who have completed all regular communication and communication writing courses to continue their studies at an advanced level. Individual students and faculty develop a project contract that sets forth objectives, standards of quality, evaluation guidelines, and deadlines.

CMN 290 - Internship: Communications (3 credits)
Prerequisites: second-year standing and coordinator approval
Work experience at a radio station, TV station, cable system, industrial or instructional TV facility, or other allied business. 1 lecture/180 work experience hours
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