Mar 03, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

The courses described below are listed in numerical order by discipline. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. If laboratory periods are required they are indicated after the description. For example, the notation “3 plus 1” indicates 3 class periods and 1 lab period per week.


Business Administration

  • BA 3110 - Project Management I

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010  & MA 2025  or MA 2010  or EGR 3430 .
    This course covers the models and practices of successful project completion including the management of financials, material resources, communications, and scheduling and tracking systems. Project planning techniques and systems are reviewed. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3120 - Introduction to Exchanges & Trading

    Prerequisite(s): ECON 2200   or ECON 2210  
    This course will explore the history of the trading industry, market structure around the world, and various instruments utilized in the market. The role of brokers, dealers, regulatory agents, and informed traders will be introduced. An understanding of orders, transaction costs, market manipulation, insider trading, trading innovations and technology will be emphasized. Trader simulation will enable students to capture trading experience in a controlled environment. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3160 - Professional Skills Development

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2700 .
    This course encompasses creating, understanding, and development of the soft skills necessary to achieve personal and organizational success. Students will develop networking competencies, public speaking/presentation capabilities, meeting management skills, the ability to create and deliver effectiveness of corporate communications are also addressed. 3 credits (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3200 - Business Ethics

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2850 .
    A study of ethical theories and their implications in contemporary corporate philosophy and organizational decision making. Topics include establishing ethical codes of conduct, moral reasoning, and social responsibility. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3220 - Digital Marketing and Analytics

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500  
    Digital Marketing and Analytics explores the importance of data collection, data analysis, and data visualization in digital marketing. The role of digital marketing in integrated marketing communications is reviewed, and emerging digital marketing platforms are discussed. Project-based learning based on business scenarios are utilized in this course Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3250 - Using Data to Lead Change

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Application of service science and user experience research to enterprise structural development. Emphasis on applying human and information logistic strategy in organizational design. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3300 - Marketing Research & Decision Making

    Prerequisite(s): MA 2025 ; BA 2500 .
    This course will focus on the development and functioning of marketing systems and the formal tools of decision making. Collection techniques and the analysis of data, as viewed in management information systems, will be reviewed with actual applications and case studies. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3320 - Corporate Communication

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2320 .
    Corporate Communication covers topics such as intranet/employee communications, multigenerational communication, issues/reputation management, crisis management, and stakeholder engagement. Management, marketing, organizational communication, reputation/brand management, assessing effectiveness of corporate communication are also addressed. 3 credits (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3450 - Customer Relationship Management

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500  
    Customer Relationship Management explores the meaning and importance of building customer relationships. Students will design a customer relationship management (CRM) strategy and evaluate methods of CRM to improve product development, marketing strategy, and competitive advantage. Project-based learning based on CRM business scenarios are utilized in this course. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3460 - Evaluating Start-Up Potential

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2460 .
    Evaluating Start-up Potential is designed to provide a framework for evaluating the start-up potential of a business opportunity. Students will evaluate the start-up potential of a business idea through structurer lab work in entrepreneurial processes, opportunity analysis, and financing. The final project requires students to create business feasibility studies and contingency business plans. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3500 - Advertising

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 .
    Consideration is given to the history of advertising, ethics of advertising, consumer makeup, social and psychological influences, the impact of advertising on demand for product and services, pricing, consumer choice, procedures of building actual ads, and media selection and campaigns. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3550 - International Marketing

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 .
    An analysis of the legal, economic, cultural and political factors affecting multinational marketing provides the focus for this course. A specific examination of identifying opportunities in foreign markets and the problems of pricing, promoting, and distributing products in those markets. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3560 - Entrepreneurship

    Prerequisite(s): ACC 2140 ; BA 2010 ; BA 2500 .
    A comprehensive review of business opportunities in a free enterprise system with emphasis on small business development. Includes research into the requirements to initiate a small business. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3570 - Construction Scheduling

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2620  
    This course continues the development of planning and scheduling techniques, building on previous experience with the critical path method. Students will engage in work breakdown structure, crew analysis, productivity, cost loading of schedules, and project cash flow. Students will be introduced to construction-specific scheduling software. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3650 - Compensation Management

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2410 .
    This course will focus upon the planning and implementing of a total compensation system, including practical experience in job analysis, salary survey, and the development of a structured pay policy. An environmental study of the effects of compensation on behavior and legal implications of salary grades will also be included. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3710 - Leadership

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 ; BA 2700  or SS 2720 .
    A study of the theory and practice of leadership. The history of leadership studies is reviewed along with current research trends and models. Leadership is compared and contrasted with management. Students assess, develop, and present a leadership model that best succeeds in their work/life environment. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3720 - Construction Contracts

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2620   
    Students will review and analyze legal principles used to mitigate and avoid construction disputes and claims. Topics include basic principles of private and public construction, contractual relationships, and writing effective contract documents. This course will include a review of standard construction documents and their use in administration and risk considerations. Credit(s): 3
  • BA 3760 - Entrepreneurial Business Plan & Growth

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2460 .
    This course takes students beyond exploring entrepreneurship and developing business plans. The focus of the course is on the entrepreneurial enterprise, i.e., on those enterprises that are established with one of their goals being the attainment of substantial growth (in sales, market share, or some other important measure). The processes by which organizations grow will be examined, as will problems encountered during growth and the common approaches to dealing with these problems. Students will systematically explore growth opportunities for existing businesses using entrepreneurial frameworks to create plan for pursuing a high-potential venture. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 3800 - Labor Relations

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2410 .
    A study of union-management relations. It focuses on negotiations and administration of labor agreements with emphasis on the development and application of the more significant bargaining issues. It describes the transaction between two organizations – management and the labor union. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4010 - Quality Management

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2010 ; MA 2025 ; junior standing.
    A study of various quality control and assurance concepts and their integration into a comprehensive quality management system. Topics emphasized are total employee involvement and teamwork, continuous process analysis and improvement, and the importance of a company-wide focus on customer needs. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4120 - Financial Services Valuation & Strategy

    Prerequisite(s): BA 3120 .
    This course provides a variety of concepts for the business professional. Topics include product pricing, inventory valuation, depreciation methods, payroll, investments, cost of borrowing money, and accounting basics, the basics needed for initial analysis of financial situations in business to make sound decisions. Students will explore loan amortization, financial statements of different business organizations, insurance, bank reconciliation, and the use of graphs and tables. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4150 - Applied Analytics Project

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Application and capstone of the Business Analytics certificate curriculum. Credit(s): 1-3
  • BA 4320 - Web Analytics

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2320 , MA 2025 .
    This course explores the use of web analytics tools to study the online experience in order to improve it. Also covered are social media analytics features, advanced segmentation displays, multi-dashboard configuration, and using Top 20 reports. 3 credits (3 plus 0). Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4500 - Purchasing

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 .
    How materials, supplies and equipment are evaluated for business consumption provides the basis of the course. A step-by-step analysis of the purchasing function from the purchase request to the decision to buy. Included are the principles of vendor evaluation, material management and procurement. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4510 - Retailing

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2500 .
    The course is designed for those who hope to become managers, owners of retail firms, or representatives of businesses that sell to retailers. Thus it considers the long-range problems of retailers. Cases and text material are used to develop an understanding of such problems related to establishing retail stores such as location, layout, buying, pricing, fashion, and retail research. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4700 - Training and Development

    Prerequisite(s): BA 2410 .
    Processes, methods, theories, and current practices of training and development activities in business and corporate settings. Human resources development practices which facilitate learning and change to enhance organizational objectives. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4760 - Venture Lab

    Prerequisite(s): BA 3760  or concurrent enrollment. Prerequisite or co-requisite(s): BA 3760  or concurrent enrollment.
    Venture Lab requires students to operationalize frameworks for idea generation, feasibility, study analysis, market research, or business plan development; propose their project using the appropriate framework and expectations; and complete a semester-long experiential learning project. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4800 - Public Relations

    Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.
    Study of principles, cases, and problems to facilitate understanding of the philosophies, objectives, and techniques of public relations in companies, corporations, and institutions. An examination of relations with employees, stockholders, consumers, community, educational institutions, suppliers, dealers, and government. The tools of public relations are examined and applied to case problems. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4910 - Business Policy/Strategic Planning

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and all business core courses: BA 2010 ; BA 2200 ; BA 2410 ; BA 2500 ; BA 2700 ; BA 2850 ; BA 3200 ; FIN 3600 .
    This course will focus on strategic planning, environmental analysis, internal analysis, policy formulation, and control methods. Case studies will be used to examine short-term and long-range plans and their consequences. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • BA 4950 - Business Internship

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing or permission of the dean of the College of Business.
    Capstone course in which the student will participate in an actual industry setting as a trainee member of the management team. In addition to work experience, the student will also participate in a seminar program discussing the relationship of principles and theories to actual operations in the industry. 1 to 6 credit hours. Credit(s): 0
  • BA 4960 - Senior Project

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and permission of the dean of the College of Business.
    Application of business principles to an extended project. Credit(s): 1 to 6
  • BA 4990 - Special Topics in Business

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the College of Business.
    Directed study of a special body of subject matter in the field of business. This course may be repeated for additional credit. Credit(s): Variable
  • INST 4200 - Data Analytics & InsurTech Applications

    This course introduces predictive modeling and analytics, optimization, and business intelligence to support data-driven decisions in the insurance industry. Students learn how predictive modeling and machine learning techniques work to make insurance business decisions involving large data. This course also explains the working principles of insurance and the many tasks within insurance where predictive modeling is relevant. Credit(s): 3. Credit(s): 3
  • INST 4300 - Enterprise Risk Management

    This course introduces the basic principles and concepts of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), and how it is used across all company departments to manage risk. Students will gain an understanding of how ERM integrates into an organization’s governance structure and processes, and explore the drivers for and value of an ERM Program. Examines ERM program dimensions, standard components, and the concepts of risk tolerance and escalation. Credit(s): 3. Credit(s): 3
  • INST 4400 - Emergent Technologies: IoT, AI, and the Future-of-the-Art

    The Internet of Things (IoT) consists of real-world things becoming visible and actionable via internet and web technologies. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the IoT from a technical viewpoint as well as considering its impact on the insurance industry. By looking at a variety of real-world application scenarios of the IoT and implemented applications, understanding and requirements of IoT applications become apparent. Students learn what technologies are used today. By looking at a variety of existing and developing technologies and architectural principles, students gain a better understanding of the technologies available and utilization to develop solutions. Credit(s): 3. Credit(s): 3
  • INST 4600 - Cybersecurity & Liability Management

    This course explores the challenges of and need for identity validation and customer discovery. This course provides an overview of cyber incidents including data breach, cyber-crime, risk assessment and cybersecurity.  Costs of a data breach, cyber insurance options, prevention,  legal and regulatory considerations along with customer expectations will be discussed. Students will learn how to develop security, compliance and incident response plans. Credit(s): 3. Credit(s): 3
  • INST 4700 - Effective Management of Change and Innovation

    This course explores the challenges of need identification and validation, customer discovery and development, and the systematic process of effectively implementing innovation. Students will also learn how to identify and manage the barriers encountered when leading people and organizations through periods of change. Throughout this class, students will channel their discovery of these topics toward a specific project that is relevant to the student’s area of interest, employer, or a current problem of practice. Work on the project will involve gathering and evaluating interview and other data, benefiting from professional feedback, and ultimately presenting the final analysis or solution to professionals. Credit(s): 3. Credit(s): 3


  • CH 1000 - Fundamentals Of Chemistry

    Prerequisite(s): MA 1030. Co-requisite(s): MA 1030 .
    Measurement and units; significant figures; matter and energy; atomic and molecular structure; formulas and equations; chemical bonding; stoichiometry; balancing equations; states of matter; solutions; acids; bases and salts. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CH 1100 - Chemistry for Changing Times

    This is an introductory course in chemistry that presents basic concepts and relates them to current issues in society such as those concerning the environment, foods, fuels and drugs. This course is intended to help provide the understanding necessary to make informed choices. Not open to engineering majors. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CH 1220 - General Chemistry & Lab I

    Prerequisite(s): CH 1000 or equivalent; MA 1090 with a C or better.
    A quantitative approach to general chemistry; atomic and molecular structures; reactions and stoichiometry; gas laws; thermochemistry; chemical bonding; properties of solutions. Classroom, laboratory and computer activities are integrated. Credit(s): 3 (2 plus 3) Credit(s): 3 (2 plus 3)
  • CH 1230 - General Chemistry II

    Prerequisite(s): CH 1220 with grade of C or better.
    Chemical kinetics; gaseous and solution equilibria; thermodynamics; metals and their properties, organic chemistry and nuclear chemistry; electrochemistry. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CH 2400 - Organic Chemistry I

    Prerequisite(s): CH 1230  with a grade C or better.
    Topics include bonding principles, intermolecular forces, nomenclature, isomerism, stereochemistry; synthesis and reactions of aliphatic hydrocarbons, aromatic compounds and functional groups. Addition, elimination, and substitution mechanisms. Also included in the course is a study of pKa and pH, and an introduction to instrumental analysis. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CH 2410 - Organic Chemistry Lab I

    Co-requisite(s): CH 2400  or concurrent registration
    Topics include laboratory safety, use of ground glass equipment, melting points, boiling points, simple distillation, fractional distillation, extraction, recrystallization and synthesis of various types of organic compounds. Credit(s): 1 (0 plus 3)

Child Development

  • CD 1100 - Socio-Cultural Found of Education

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course examines the historical, philosophical, legal, and social foundations of education through socio-cultural lens. In addition, students will explore the professional skills, competencies and dispositions necessary to provide an effective and meaningful education to a diverse student body. This course emphasizes the research and study of these principles as they relate to modern trends and issues in PreK-12 educational environments. 3 credit hours Credit(s): 3

Commission on Adult and Experiential Learning

  • CAEL 1000 - Prior Learning Assessment

    This course is the process of earning college credit for learning that was acquired from non-classroom experiences like work, professional training, military careers, volunteering and personal life. CAEL 1000 will help students identify areas of learning they may want to have evaluated for college-level equivalency. The course will also guide students through the preparation and compilation of all components required for the evaluation of a portfolio of prior learning through Students will use critical reflection skills to rethink the value of their learning and its implication for future learning. Adult learning theory, models and concepts will be discussed and applied to case studies. CAEL 1000 is facilitated by an instructor who provides guidance for the student in preparing his or her portfolio-based request for credit. Successful completion of CAEL 1000 will result in a credit recommendation of three (3) lower-level credits for the course itself. Credit(s): 3 (online only)


  • COMM 1250 - Foundations of Communication

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course introduces students to the foundational topics of Communication studied in today’s scholarship; topics include verbal and nonverbal communication, common obstacles to interpersonal and group communication, and the relationship between language and personal identity. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 1400 - Public Communication

    Prerequisite(s): ENG1252 or concurrent enrollment.
    This course introduces students to the principles and practices of effective oral communication for diverse audiences. Students will select, organize, and deliver messages for various structured public communication settings. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)

    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to

    1. Analyze an audience and adapt presentations appropriately.
    2. Apply principles of composition to the creation of oral presentations.
    3. Argue ideas with credible forms of support and documentation.
    4. Defend ideas and projects, showing significance and worth.
    5. Recognize and demonstrate appropriate nonverbal communication.
    6. Use visual aids to support and enhance oral presentations.

  • COMM 1710 - Visual Rhetoric

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    This course explores basic principles, theories, and applications of non-discursive methods of communication. Students will first analyze and evaluate images, especially photographs and videos as communicative messages. Also, students will develop skills in creating and producing multiple forms of non-discursive communication using various tools and design platforms. Credit(s): 3 (0 plus 3)
  • COMM 2150 - Visual Meaning

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250; ENG1272 or concurrent enrollment.
    This course explores basic principles, theories, and applications of non-discursive methods of communication. Students will first analyze and evaluate images, especially photographs and videos as communicative messages. Also, students will develop skills in creating and producing multiple forms of non-discursive communication using various tools and design platforms. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2300 - Television and Media Studies

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250.
    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of television production in a TV studio environment by utilizing the public access studios available at the library. Throughout the semester, students participate in a television crew to produce a program. Students develop a genuine understanding of real-life television studio operation by rotating through various positions in both control room and TV studio environments. Roles the students experience during the semester include: director, technical director, assistant director, computer graphics technician, audio technician, teleprompter operator, camera operator, and floor director. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 2350 - Interpersonal Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250; ENG1272 or concurrent enrollment.
    This course focuses on the process of interpersonal communication as a dynamic and complex system of interactions; it also provides theory, actual practice, and criticism for examining human interactions in work, family, and other social contexts. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2400 - Sports Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250; ENG1272.
    This course provides an overview of the sport5 communication field and includes topics such as television and radio networks, magazines and newspapers, and marketing and advertising. Students will learn about publishing, Journalism, team and league media relations, college sports information, TV and radio productions, and advertising related to the sports industry. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 2450 - Writing for Journalism

    Prerequisite(s): ENG1252 or concurrent enrollment.
    This course provides a survey of written journalism; topics include writing for various journalistic purposes as well as an introduction to the journalistic process. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2550 - Introduction to Public Relations

    Prerequisite(s): ENG1252 or concurrent enrollment.
    This course introduces fundamental concepts to establish and maintain relationships with individuals and organizations in the public. Students will learn the basic principles of public relations as well as how to write for various public communication formats. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2600 - Advanced Journalism

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2450  
    This course continues the study of journalism began in COMM2450. During the first part of the course, students will study historically important interviews for the purpose of determining best practices. They will analyze contemporary newsworthy issues to determine informative lines of questioning; they will consider techniques for persuading someone to become an interview subject; and they will explore ways to pursue a line of questioning without alienating the subject of the interview. The second part of the course will introduce students to the writing of editorials and features. Students will first produce researched and reasoned opinions concerning contemporary issues, and examples of feature or entertainment writing for newspapers. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 2650 - Video Storytelling

    Prerequisite(s): COMM2450 or COMM2550 .
    This course will teach students to produce visual stories with video, images, and text. These visual stories can be featured in film, the internet, social media, and media broadcasts. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 2700 - History of Mass Media

    Prerequisite(s): ENG1252.
    This course provides an overview of mass media. The course begins with Gutenberg’s first press and the role newspapers played in American history from the Colonial period to today, and then it considers the present state of the mass media and future directions it appears to be taking. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 2800 - Social Media Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 1250 ; COMM 2450 
    This course explores the history, evolution, and growth of social media as 21st century communications process. Students will learn advances that contributed to the growth of social media as well as social media’s impact on society. Additionally, students will learn how to develop social communication plans and understand how to effectively communicate on various social media platforms. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 2850 - Community and Media Engagement

    Prerequisite(s): COMM2800.
    This course will introduce fundamental concepts to engage the community and media when representing an organization. Students will learn strategies to effectively reach the community as well as how to communicate with the media regarding issues pertaining to the organization. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3000 - Language and Culture

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250; ENG1272.
    This course introduces students to the study of signs and the way signs mediate meaning and provide the foundations for a culture’s beliefs, emotional responses, and ideological positions. Students will focus upon the connection between words and thoughts, and the ways visual images and nonverbal behaviors communicate meaning. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 3100 - Media Theory & Criticism

    This course introduces students to film and television theory: topics include a critical analysis of how film and video construct meaning and the ways viewers interpret the meaning. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 3150 - Intercultural Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 1250 .
    Students will identify and explore the relationship between communication and culture. An emphasis will be placed on factors that affect the quality and processes of communication between persons of different cultures and co-cultures. Students will consider various theories and practices regarding issues of intercultural communication. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 3250 - Media Writing

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 2450 
    This course covers the history and development of mass media and their effects on our culture and society including new technologies and how these media interact and/or reinforce each other. Students will develop a critical perspective of cultural values, attitudes and ethics in mass media industries. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 3350 - Integrated Marketing Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM2800; ENG1272.
    This course explores integrated marketing communication strategies and executions. Students will understand the appropriate theoretical and practical perspectives of advertising, public relations, and digital marketing. In addition, student will investigate the use of agencies, communication and behavioral aspects of advertising, planning, and decision-making, as well as understand media selection and controls on communication. Credit(s): 3 (0 plus 3)
  • COMM 3450 - Multimedia Journalism

    Prerequisite(s): COMM2650.
    This course requires students to utilize multimedia techniques into interactive projects used in the field of journalism. These projects include audio, photo, video, and other forms of technology that journalists use in their careers. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3550 - Special Events Promotion

    Prerequisite(s): COMM2850.
    This course explores all concepts relevant to successfully promoting an event. Students will learn about the lifecycle of an event, demonstrating how to use various promotional strategies while evaluating a successful outcome. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3600 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250; ENG1272.
    This course introduces major rhetorical theories that students can apply to various media forms. Students will learn how to use the various theoretical approaches to analyze and criticize both discursive and non-discursive methods of communication. Through the study of rhetoric, students will examine the ways in which ideologies and behaviors are formed.  Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 3650 - Broadcasting

    Prerequisite(s): COMM3450.
    This course introduces reporting and anchoring for television broadcast formats. Students will prepare and produce television programs that are pre-scripted, live, or improvised. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3700 - Propaganda: Shaping Attitudes & Act

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250; ENG1272.
    The course will consider various definitions of propaganda along with its social, political, and commercial applications, and finally, explores the various methods of propaganda as ways of shaping a society’s attitudes and desires. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 3750 - Radio and Podcasting

    Prerequisite(s): COMM3450.
    This course provides hands-on experience to learn the concepts and skills necessary for radio and pod casting. Students will use professional audio recorders and editing software to create their own program. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 3850 - Digital Public Relations

    Prerequisite(s): COMM3350
    This course examines the impact of the internet and the current media environment on the public relations process. Students will explore public relations on the internet and in digital media as well as how it is planned, distributed, and controlled. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4010 - Sports and Media

    Prerequisite(s): COMM2400; ENG2322.
    This course focuses on the representation of sports in the media, including the history and evolution of sports media. Students will study mediated sports through application of critical theory, with careful attention to contemporary issues and their cultural impact. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 4100 - Theories of Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250 and ENG1272.
    This course introduces students to the two general methodological approaches communication studies take: the scientific or objective and the interpretive. Students will investigate a number of topics and theories important today in the field of communication studies through these two general methodologies. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 4200 - Media Ethics and Law

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250; ENG2322.
    This course covers the ethics, legal, and policy guidelines as It relates to communication and the media. These guidelines will be discussed in regards to free speech, news gathering and broadcasting, political speech, commercial speech, and advertising. In addition, students will explore government regulations on the media. Credit(s): 3
  • COMM 4250 - Crisis Communication

    Prerequisite(s): COMM 3350 and ENG1272.
    This course will cover the development of strategic plans and execution of communication related to events that have the potential to generate negative media coverage or unfavorable public opinion. Students will learn the types of communication during a crisis and how to effectively communicate crises to the public. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (0 plus 3)
  • COMM 4500 - Contemporary Media Studies

    Prerequisite(s): COMM1250; ENG2322.
    This course is an investigation of current media issues while newspapers, radio, and television will be considered. This course will focus on understanding mass media that exists on the internet. Websites, news sites, blogs, social media, and video sharing sites will be studied. As technology evolves, this course will include future developments in the field of mass media. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • COMM 4750 - Applied Communication

    Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.
    This course includes practical experience in communication, such as applied communication research, internship or alternate projects. All internships, research, and projects must be related to the field of Communication. Variable credit. One credit may be earned per 40 hours of internship work up to a maximum of 12 credits. Repeatable up to 12 credits. Credit(s): 3-12 (3 plus 0) One credit may be earned per 40 hours of internship work up to a maximum of 12 credits
  • COMM 4910 - Senior Capstone

    Prerequisite(s): Senior Standing.
    This course provides an opportunity for a comprehensive review of theoretical concepts with practical application of communication knowledge and skills in a culminating project. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3

Computer Engineering

  • CPE 1600 - Advance Computer Program for Engineers

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Continuation of a first programming course. Introduces undergraduate students to the advanced topics of programming for solving engineering programs, using the C programming language. It familiarizes students with the process of computational thinking and the translation of real-life engineering problems to computation problems. Topics include files, structures, pointers, and the proper use of dynamic data structures. 3 credit Hours (3 plus 0) Prerequisite(s): EGR 1500 Credit(s): 3 (0 plus 3)
  • CPE 3500 - Computer Engineering I

    Prerequisite(s): MA1200.
    An introductory course in the analysis and design of digital systems. The study of Boolean Algebra as a tool to analyze and synthesize switching networks consisting of logic gates implementing combinational and sequential logic circuits. Use of the Logic Aid program for Boolean logic simplification. Karnaugh mapping, and state reduction. (Same as EE 3510 and CS 2200) 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CPE 3550 - Computer Engineering Lab I

    Prerequisite(s): CPE 3500  or concurrent registration.
    Design and implementation of combinational and sequential logic systems. Logic circuits are implemented in prototype using electronic integrated circuits to realize the logic functions. Use of the LogicAid program as a design tool for the digital logic circuits implemented in the laboratory. Credit(s): 1 (0 plus 3)
  • CPE 3610 - Computer Architecture Lab

    Co-requisite(s): CPE 3500 .
    Construction of a simple processor. Experiments with different computer and memory architectures, I/O and bus systems and parallel or distributed systems. Credit(s): 1 (0 plus 2)
  • CPE 4150 - Digital Signal Processing

    Prerequisite(s): EE 3150 EGR 1500 .
    Development of both mathematical and intuitive understanding of digital signal processing. LTI systems, analog Fourier transforms, discrete Fourier transforms and z-transforms are reviewed. Fourier and z-transforms are extended to 2-d. Signal flow graphs help develop an intuitive understanding of digital signal processing. Both IIR and FIR digital filters are studied. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CPE 4200 - Reconfigurable Computing

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    Covers reconfigurable computing, a novel computational model that is fast becoming part of the mainstream in high-performance computing. Addresses architectures, software tools and compliers, programming models, and applications. 3 credit Hours (2 plus 1) Prerequisite(s): CPE 3500 Credit(s): 3 (1 plus 2)
  • CPE 4300 - Complier Construction

    Prerequisite(s): CPE 1600 CPE 3500  
    This course covers the fundamentals of complier design, including lexical analysis, parsing, semantic analysis, compile-time memory organization, run-time memory organization, code generation, and complier portability issues. Exercises will be covering various aspects of compliers. Credit(s): 3 (0 plus 3)
  • CPE 4400 - VLSI Design

    Prerequisite(s): None.
    An introduction to key aspects of MOS integrated circuit design. Modeling of combinational and sequential CMOS circuits including arithmetic building blocks, memory structures and interconnect using CAD tools. 3 credit hours (2 plus 1) Prerequisite: CPE 4500 (1 plus 2) Credit(s): 3
  • CPE 4500 - Computer Engineering II

    Prerequisite(s): CPE 3500 .
    Switching networks and sequential systems, design of synchronous systems, state reduction in incompletely specified systems, synthesis of asynchronous systems, clocked sequential systems. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CPE 4550 - Computer Engineering II Lab

    Prerequisite(s): CPE 4500.
    Introduces finite state machine design and implementation methods such as programmable logic devices, TTL medium scale integrated circuits, and microprogramming. Small digital processors and controllers are implemented as design projects. 1 credit. (0 plus 6) Credit(s): 1 (0 plus 3)
  • CPE 4600 - Embedded Systems

    Prerequisite(s): CS3500; EGR1500.
    Implementation of microprocessors and/or microcontrollers in embedded digital systems. Study of their architecture, operations, and software; and hardware/software design. Scheduled and unscheduled lab. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Scheduled and unscheduled lab. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CPE 4700 - Computer Architecture

    Prerequisite(s): CPE4500 or concurrent.
    A study of computer architecture from classical to advanced perspectives; characteristics of modern systems such as performance, instruction set design, data paths, pipelining, caching, memory management, I/O, and multi-processing. Scheduled and unscheduled lab. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Scheduled and unscheduled lab. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CPE 4710 - Senior Project Proposal

    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.
    Development of a proposal for CPE4710 Senior Project. A complete proposal is properly documented and presented. 2 credits. (2 plus 0) Credit(s): 2 (2 plus 0)
  • CPE 4990 - Special Topics in Computer Engineering

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair.
    Directed study of a special body of subject matter in the field of computer engineering. This course may be repeated for additional credit. Credit(s): Variable

Computer Science

  • CS 1200 - Introduction To Computer Science

    Prerequisite(s): MA1030 or MA1090 or concurrent registration. Co-requisite(s): MA 1030  or MA 1090  or concurrent registration.
    A broad based introduction to the field of computer science including topics from both hardware and software history and design. Development of an extensive vocabulary in computer science. Other topics introduced include: binary numbering systems, logic circuits, programming, operating systems, file systems. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CS 1250 - Problem Solving for Programmers

    Prerequisite(s): MA1010 or MA1025.
    Introduction to the types of problems computer programmers encounter. Students will learn to apply a disciplined approach to problem solving. The value of teamwork is shown through group work. Topics studied include logical algorithm development, selection and iteration logic, flowcharts, and outlines. Common software may be utilized in this course. (3 plus 0). Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CS 1300 - Computer Science I

    Prerequisite(s): CS 1200 or CS1250 with a C or better; MA1030 or MA1090 with a C or better.
    An introduction to the art and science of software development. Topics include: top-down design, writing requirements and specifications, developing algorithms, coding algorithms in a high level programming language, debugging algorithms and code, basic control structures, and basic data structures. Unscheduled laboratory. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Unscheduled laboratory. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CS 1350 - Computer Science II

    Prerequisite(s): CS1300 with a grade of C or better.
    A continuation of CS 1300. More detailed object-oriented design; more data structures such as, linked lists, stacks, queues, binary trees, and heaps; recursion; well known algorithms for searching and sorting; manipulating linked lists and binary trees; hashing. Students will learn to look at data from the perspectives of abstraction, implementation and application. Unscheduled laboratory. 3 credits. (3 plus 0) Unscheduled laboratory. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CS 1500 - Introduction to Server Systems

    Prerequisite(s): MA 1015 (AS-IT majors only), MA 1030 or MA1090. Co-requisite(s): MA 1030  or MA 1090 .
    An introduction to server and operating systems focusing on the use of Linux. Students will learn how to perform basic administration of a Linux based system in the areas of command line usage, process control, user management, software installation and software removal. Additionally, the student will gain a basic fluency in the structure of the operating system, including items such as bootup process and kernel structure. Scheduled and unscheduled laboratory projects. 3 credit hours. (3 plus 0) Scheduled and unscheduled laboratory projects. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)
  • CS 1600 - Project Management Seminar

    Prerequisite(s): CS 1200 , CS 1250  or SE 1100 .
    This course presents the fundamentals of project management for application in subsequent project oriented courses throughout the curriculum. Credit(s): 1 (1 plus 0)
  • CS 2010 - Discrete Math for Computing

    Prerequisite(s): MA1030 or MA1035; CS1200 or CS1250.
    This is an introductory course to the mathematics of computing. It will cover basic mathematical concepts relevant to computing. Topics include: set theory, relations, functions, addition and multiplicative principles, finite states, logic, graphs, Boolean algebra, algorithms. Credit(s): 3 (3 plus 0)

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