Communication Studies

Special Topics Spring 2013

COM 295 Course Descriptions Spring 2013

COM 295-001 Sports Broadcasting
Day/Time: TR 12:30pm-1:45pm
Instructor: Michael Vaccaro

Course Description: Sports broadcasting has developed over the years and is a far-reaching profession. Sports broadcasting ranges from your local sports talk station, the college play-by-play announcer to the national sports shows. This course teaches detailed sports broadcasting skills with an emphasis on play-by-play, sports anchoring and sports radio. It is meant to prepare students for the real world of sports broadcasting. We will learn in this class by discussing various aspects of sportscasting, practicing them in simulations, getting feedback and improving through repetition.

COM 295-003 Impromptu Speaking
Day/Time: TR 11:00am-12:15pm
Instructor: Frank P. Trimble

Course Description: Employer surveys consistently reveal public speaking as a prized skill in the workplace. Naturally, communication studies majors (as applicants and employees) are held to a high standard, since others turn to us as role models. Are you ready for that challenge and grand opportunity? While many public presentations involve sufficient preparation time, we are often invited, or required, to answer a question or address an issue immediately. At these moments, impromptu speaking skills are essential. Just as actors engage in improvisation to hone their talents, speakers refine competencies through impromptu conversation. Separate yourself from the pack. Push your boundaries. Enhance your qualifications. Empower your oratory. Go on, make an "impromptu" decision and enroll! Questions? Contact Frank Trimble @

COM 295-005 Applied Performance
Day/Time: TBD with private meetings & rehearsals
Instructor: Frank P. Trimble

Course Description: As part of our performance studies curriculum and applied learning, the Department of Communication Studies will mount a stage production near the conclusion of the Spring 2013 term, with dates TBD. The script (existing or original TBD) will emphasize our discipline's literary traditions such as direct conversation between characters and audience (break the fourth wall with open focus). Enrollment is based on interviews and/or auditions to be held early in the semester prior to the add/drop deadline. Opportunities available for performers, an assistant director, a stage manager, designers (scenic/lighting/wardrobe), technicians, graphic artists, videographers, editors, photographers, and others TBD. Questions? Contact Frank Trimble @

COM 495 Course Descriptions Spring 2013

COM 495-001 Community Interracial Dialogue
Day/Time: TR 2:00-3:15pm
Instructor: Dr. Deborah Brunson

Course Description: This course is a continuation of COM 346 - Interracial Communication. Our focus will be upon a more deliberate examination of intergroup dialogue and how these principles may be applied to promote and enhance stronger relationships in a group setting. The course will culminate in student teams facilitating an intergroup dialogue experience for an organization or group around issues involving race and interracial relationships. Requirements: Strong work/academic ethic (i.e. read assigned work and complete tasks on time); high level of independence; strong cooperative and collaborative skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; Preference: Successful completion of COM 346.

COM 495-002 Applying CMM to the World Around Us
Day/Time: TR 3:30-4:45pm
Instructor: Dr. Vernon Cronen

Course Description: This course is based on the theory Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). It was developed to deal with questions like these: How do people get themselves trapped into patterns of talk the participants themselves do not want? How do emotions and aesthetics function in communication practices? How does culture enter the communication picture? How do we create understandings of what we can do, must do, and must not do? How can problematic patterns of communication be changed and creative ones fostered? In this course we will address these and related questions by focusing on "joint action." That is, how persons jointly create possibilities and constraints for how they live together. CMM has a wide range of application including relationships, organizations, small groups, families, mass media and the new personal media. The emphasis on particular areas of application can follow student interests.

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COM 495-003 Public Speaking Rocks!
Day/Time: TR 3:30-4:45pm
Instructor: Frank P. Trimble

Course Description: Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Announcing an extraordinary applied learning opportunity! Add to your personal UNCW legacy by creating public speaking resources for students, staff and faculty. Help others develop their solo and group public speaking skills while polishing your own. Projects will include writing and delivering original speeches and then responding to questions concerning your process. Presentations will be recording in the Leutze Hall television studio, resulting in streamed video and DVDs. Excellent demo reel and portfolio items! Yes, public speaking rocks! Are you ready to roll? Questions? Contact Frank Trimble @

COM 495-004 Issues in Family Communication
Day/Time: TR 9:30am-10:45pm
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Brubaker

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