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TC 101  Understanding Media in the Information Age

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Critique and analysis of media including television, radio, film, handhelds, video games, social media and the Internet. Media history, policy, industry structure, and ethics. Technology, industry and social trends affecting the media in the information society.
Semester Alias:
TC 100, TC 110
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 201  Introduction to Media and Information Technology

Semester:
Fall of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
TC 101
Description:
Operational principles and applications of media and information technologies.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 233  Documentary Technologies and Problems of Reality-Based Arts

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Documentary Studies Specialization.
Description:
Introduction to theoretical, historical, and methodological issues concerning documentary expression and reality-based art forms in a range of media.
Interdepartmental With:
English, Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures
Administered By:
Telecommunication
Effective Dates:
FALL 2009 - SUMMER 2014


TC 247  Three-Dimensional Modeling and Design

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
{CAS 111 and (CAS 206 or CAS 205 or CAS 207)} or (STA 110 and STA 113)
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Design Specialization or in the Game Design and Development Specialization.
Description:
Principles of 3D of computer graphics applied in cinema, games, illustration, design and sculpture. Use of 3D software to create and manipulate synthetic objects, materials, lights, and cameras.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 291  Special Topics

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 4
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 8 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
A student may earn a maximum of 16 credits in TC 191, TC 291, TC 391, and TC 491.
Description:
Contemporary issues in media and communication technology.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2008 - SUMMER 2014


TC 300  Media Policy and Economics

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
TC 101
Description:
Economics and public policy related to traditional, new and emerging media, including radio, television, cinema, telephony, mobile communications, interactive media, and the Internet.
Semester Alias:
TC 200, TC 210
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 301  Bringing Media to Market

Semester:
Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
TC 101
Description:
Process of bringing media to market across multiple delivery platforms including broadcast, cable, satellite, internet and mobile devices. Industry structure of creative and distribution methods, pricing and repurposing of content. Practical and theoretical models of the behavior of media consumers.
Semester Alias:
TC 356, TC 381
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 331  Introduction to Interactive Media Design

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 201 and CAS 204 and CAS 208
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Design Specialization or in the Game Design and Development Specialization or in the Information Technology Specialization.
Description:
Brainstorming, planning, implementing, and troubleshooting applications and interfaces for interactive media. Basic principles of programming for interactivity.
Semester Alias:
TC 241
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 335  Film Directing

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 4   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
(ENG 230 and TC 243) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Restrictions:
Approval of department; application required.
Description:
Concepts and techniques for directing in styles most associated with the art of film. Studies of innovative film directors. Skills of film directing, including script and shot breakdown. Directing actors and crew. Directing on location.
Interdepartmental With:
English
Administered By:
English
Effective Dates:
FALL 2009 - SPRING 2016


TC 337  Compositing and Special Effects

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1   Lab Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
{(CAS 201 and CAS 202) and (CAS 205 or CAS 206 or CAS 207)} or THR 219
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Department of Theatre or in the Documentary Studies Specialization or in the Fiction Film Production Specialization.
Description:
Conceptual and technical use of animation and compositing software for television, cinema, interactive media, and live performance.
Semester Alias:
TC 437
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 341  Film Style Production for Cinema and Television

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
CAS 112 and CAS 201 and CAS 202
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Documentary Studies Specialization or in the Design Specialization or in the Fiction Film Production Specialization.
Description:
Advanced film style planning, techniques, and aesthetic principles for cinema and television production.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 342  Multi Camera Production for Television

Semester:
Fall of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
CAS 112 and CAS 201 and CAS 202
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Documentary Studies Specialization or in the Design Specialization or in the Fiction Film Production Specialization.
Description:
Conceptualizing, designing, planning, producing, directing and evaluating multi-camera video programs.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 343  Basic Audio Production

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
CAS 112 and CAS 201 and CAS 202
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Documentary Studies Specialization or in the Design Specialization or in the Fiction Film Production Specialization.
Description:
Basic audio production techniques. In-depth audio and radio industry analysis. Media writing.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 346  Web and Mobile Game Design

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 331
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Design Specialization or in the Game Design and Development Specialization.
Description:
Design and development of digital games for the web and mobile platforms.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 347  Three-Dimensional Computer Animation

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 247
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Design Specialization or in the Game Design and Development Specialization.
Description:
How aesthetic skill, technical competency, and engaging performance are woven together to create compelling animation using 3D computer graphics. Use of industry standard software to create, manipulate and render synthetic characters and their environments.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 348  Advanced Lighting and Camera Techniques

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1   Lab Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
TC 341
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Documentary Studies Specialization or in the Fiction Film Production Specialization.
Description:
Advanced techniques for manipulation of light and image characteristics in film and television settings.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 349  Client-Side Web Development

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
CAS 204 and CAS 205
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Design Specialization or in the Information Technology Specialization.
Description:
Development of web sites, services, and applications that employ primarily client-side technologies.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 351  Producing For Cinema and Television

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(CAS 201 and CAS 202) and CAS 112
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Documentary Studies Specialization or in the Design Specialization or in the Fiction Film Production Specialization.
Description:
Conceptualizing, designing, planning, and developing projects for cinema and television.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 355  Media Research

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to undergraduate students in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
Description:
Applied media research methods, practices, techniques and ethics in media settings.
Semester Alias:
ADV 340, TC 376
Interdepartmental With:
Advertising
Administered By:
Advertising
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SPRING 2015


TC 359  Server-Side Web Development

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 349
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Description:
Development of advanced Web sites, services, and applications that employ both client-side and server-side technologies.
Semester Alias:
TC 449
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 361  Information and Communication Technology Management

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
TC 201 or CSE 231
Description:
Technologies and organizations that support data communications infrastructure. Case studies of businesses that develop the infrastructure.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 362  Web Administration

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 331
Recommended Background:
(TC 361 or concurrently) or (TC 349 or concurrently)
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Information and Communication Technology for Development Specialization.
Description:
Administration of Web servers and the services necessary to support modern information applications.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 401  Topics in Media Impacts on Society

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Prerequisite:
TC 101 and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Description:
Cultural, technological, and design evolution of media. Current and historical genres, content, audience, and industries for media. Conventional and emerging theories of media processes and effects. Critical examination of empirical research concerning social impacts of media.
Semester Alias:
TC 239, TC 339, TC 375
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 411  Collaborative Documentary Design and Production (W)

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Documentary Studies Specialization.
Description:
Design and development of documentaries in a team setting using video and audio, still photography, web design, and print media. Participation in a production cycle including idea generation, research, design, production, and distribution.
Interdepartmental With:
English, Journalism, Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures
Administered By:
Telecommunication
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 419  Digital Design for Live Performance

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Prerequisite:
(THR 219 and THR 219L) or (THR 337 or TC 337 or TC 341)
Recommended Background:
THR 211 or THR 211L or THR 212 or THR 212L or THR 214 or THR 214L or THR 216 or THR 216L
Description:
Creating digital performance media through script, technology advancements, and production analysis. Practical application through digital rendering, video production and software exploration.
Interdepartmental With:
Theatre
Administered By:
Theatre
Effective Dates:
FALL 2013 - SPRING 2016


TC 435A  Creating the Fiction Film I

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
ENG 335
Restrictions:
Approval of department.
Description:
Creation of a short film, including scripting, conceptualization and planning, shooting, and rough editing.
Interdepartmental With:
English
Administered By:
English
Effective Dates:
FALL 2009 - SPRING 2016


TC 435B  Creating the Fiction Film II

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
ENG 435A
Description:
Finishing a short film, including fine editing, color correction, music composition, sound mixing, and foley work. Developing web promotion, marketing strategies, and distribution.
Interdepartmental With:
English
Administered By:
English
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2010 - SPRING 2016


TC 442  Design of Cinema and Television Projects (W)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 341 and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Design Specialization.
Description:
Design and development of television and cinema projects in a team setting. Participation in a production cycle including planning, budgeting, design, proposal writing, production, testing, and evaluation. Issues of professionalism, ethics, and communication.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 443  Audio Industry Design and Management (W)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 343 and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Design Specialization.
Description:
Advanced audio production specializing in multi-channel techniques. Industry focus on all aspects of the audio field.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 444  Information Technology Project Management

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
ITM 311
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Information Technology Specialization.
Description:
Practical training and experiences in design, testing, and launch of new information technologies and systems.
Interdepartmental With:
Information Technology Management, Computer Science and Engineering
Administered By:
Information Technology Management
Effective Dates:
SPRING 2013 - SUMMER 2016


TC 445  Game Design and Development I

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
(TC 331 or CSE 331 or CSE 335 or STA 360) and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Recommended Background:
TC 247 or TC 347
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Design Specialization or in the Game Design and Development Specialization and open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Description:
Design, architecture, and creation concepts related to the development of interactive digital games.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 447  Advanced Three-Dimensional Animation Workshop (W)

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1   Lab Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
TC 347 and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Recommended Background:
TC 337
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors or graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Design Specialization or in the Game Design and Development Specialization or approval of department.
Description:
Design of advanced 3D computer graphic animation.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 450  Human Computer Interaction and User Experience Design (W)

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 331 and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Description:
Development, formalization, and communication of information designs. Gathering and structuring information and requirements to meet technological, personal, and business communication goals. Systematic usability evaluation of information designs.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 452  Media Strategy (W)

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(TC 300 and TC 301) and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Description:
Strategic options, with their attendant risks and opportunities, available to media firms in an industry that is being transformed by new information and communication technologies.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 455  Game Design and Development II

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 445 and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Recommended Background:
TC 247 or TC 347
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Design Specialization or in the Game Design and Development Specialization and open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Description:
Advanced design, architecture, and creation concepts related to the development of real-time interaction 3D design for gaming, simulation, and immersive virtual environments.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 458  Project Management (W)

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
(TC 301) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Applied Engineering Sciences major.
Description:
Managing complicated and multidisciplinary projects. Organizing projects into manageable elements: scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, procurement, and integration. Communicate with stakeholders. Analyze organizations. Develop a budget. Identify roles and responsibilities during the critical planning, deployment, and evaluation stages.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 462  Social Computing (W)

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
(TC 349 or TC 361) and Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the College of Engineering or in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Information and Communication Technology for Development Specialization.
Description:
Social and technological perspectives on how people collaborate using information and communication technology. Experience with using multiple collaboration platforms and analysis of differences between enabling technologies.
Semester Alias:
TC 462B
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 472  Electronic Commerce (W)

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
(TC 349 or TC 361) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Recommended Background:
TC 359 or concurrently
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Description:
Technologies, business models, and organizational and social implications of electronic commerce. Design of e-commerce sites.
Semester Alias:
TC 462C
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 480  Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Role of information and communication technologies in facilitating social, political, economic, and environmental change in developing nations.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 488  Information and Communication Technology Global Corps Field Study (W)

Semester:
Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 3 to 6
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Prerequisite:
Completion of Tier I Writing Requirement
Recommended Background:
TC 361
Restrictions:
Open to juniors or seniors in the College of Engineering or in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or in the Information and Communication Technology for Development Specialization.
Description:
Implementation of an information and communication technology project in a developing country, rural region of the U.S., or low-income urban area. Includes on-campus preparation followed by field work on location.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 490  Independent Study

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 7
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 7 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open to undergraduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. Approval of department; application required.
Description:
Directed study under faculty supervision.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 491  Special Topics

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 4
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 8 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
A student may earn a maximum of 16 credits TC191, TC291, TC391 and TC491.
Description:
Contemporary issues in media and communication technology.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2008 - SUMMER 2014


TC 493  Internship

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 7
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 7 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Recommended Background:
TC 101 and TC 201 and TC 301
Restrictions:
Open to undergraduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. Approval of department; application required.
Description:
Supervised professional experience in a media or information institution, business or facility.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 497  Game Design Studio

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 1   Lab Hours: 4
Prerequisite:
TC 455
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Game Design and Development Specialization and open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Description:
Conceptualization, design documentation, planning, prototyping, and distribution of games.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 498  Collaborative Game Design (W)

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
(TC 445 and TC 455 and TC 497) and completion of Tier I writing requirement
Restrictions:
Open to students in the Game Design and Development Specialization.
Description:
Design and development of comprehensive digital games in a team setting working with a client. Participation in a design cycle including specification, design, prototyping, implementation, testing, and documentation. Issues of professionalism, ethics, and communication.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2014


TC 803  Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

Semester:
Fall of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Introduction to quantitative social science research methods and applied analyses for understanding research reports and developing graduate level research projects.
Semester Alias:
ADV 875, COM 800, JRN 817, TC 802
Interdepartmental With:
Communication, Advertising, Journalism
Administered By:
Communication
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2015


TC 820  Theories of Media and Information

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to master's students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Classic and contemporary theories of communication with special emphasis on applications to telecommunication, extant and emerging media, and technology.
Semester Alias:
TC 821
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 830  Foundations of Serious Games

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Rationales, principles, processes, and pedagogies for serious game design. Applications of serious game genres and simulations. Funding and distribution.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 831  Theories of Games and Interaction for Design

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Theories of interaction in games and other mediated contexts including communication, learning, health, global and local development, and social justice to inform the design of social systems, games and other interactive media products.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 839  Implementing Interactivity

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Foundational visual design principles and theories for interactivity. Implementation of user interfaces. Current industry practices.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 840  Interaction Design

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 831 or concurrently
Recommended Background:
Basic familiarity with computers and Internet.
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Design of user interactions in information and media systems. Prototyping and presentation tools. Example topics include information architecture, task analysis, use cases, wireframes, scenarios
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - FALL 2014


TC 841  Understanding Users

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Direct experience with the creative process in interactive media
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Methods of user-centered media and interaction design. Iterative cycles of user and product conceptualization.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 842  Design and Development of Media Projects

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 840 and (TC 831 or TC 845 or TC 820)
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Team projects in Human Computer Interaction and Media and Information Management. Proposal development, team building, project management and workflow methods.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 845  Human Computer Interaction

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
TC 840 or concurrently
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Principles and theories of how humans and technical systems interact in traditional media, networked environments, social and mobile computing, virtual environments and information appliances.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 850  Telecommunication and Information Policy

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open only to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Analysis of major public and private telecommunication and information policies. Applying concepts and data from law, political science, economics, communication, technology and general social science.
Semester Alias:
TC 810
Effective Dates:
FALL 2001 - SUMMER 2014


TC 851  Understanding Social Media

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Overview of social media applications and services and their effects on individuals, organizations, and society.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 852  Economic Structure of Telecommunication Industries

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open only to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Economic aspects of telecommunication and information industries. Emphasis on market structure, conduct, performance. Content diversity, new technologies, recent regulatory policies, and antitrust.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2001 - SUMMER 2014


TC 853  Information Technology and Organizations

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Knowledge of communication industries and technologies that might be acquired either academically or through professional experience.
Description:
Develops basic perspectives for analyzing the impact of information technologies on organizational structures, the allocation and performance of tasks within organizations, organization members, and organizational strategies and effectiveness, and relationships among firms in a market economy.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2001 - FALL 2014


TC 854  Economics of Media Markets and Strategies

Semester:
Spring of odd years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
TC 852
Recommended Background:
Intermediate microeconomics class.
Description:
Conceptual tools and analytical perspectives on economic forces and incentives underlying structure, conduct, and responses to new technologies in media markets.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2003 - SUMMER 2014


TC 861  Information Networks and Technologies

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Academic or professional background in telecommunication field.
Description:
Fundamental characteristics, components, standards and applications of information networks and services. Local and wide area network technologies, fundamentals of the Internet, and private network technologies and services from a management perspective.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2003 - SUMMER 2015


TC 862  Information Networks in Organizations and Commerce

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 2   Lab Hours: 2
Prerequisite:
TC 840 or TC 861
Recommended Background:
Academic or professional background in telecommunication field.
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Design and management of electronic commerce strategies and the telecommunications infrastructure. Impact of information and communication technology on organizations and markets.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 875  Information and Communication Technology for Development

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media or approval of department.
Description:
Information and communication technology in developing areas, cases studies, implementation. International and domestic contexts.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 877  Comparative and International Telecommunication

Semester:
Fall of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Comparison of various national approaches to broadcasting, cable, satellite and telephone systems. Policy, economic, institutional and content issues. Interactions and media flows among countries. International regulatory bodies.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2001 - SUMMER 2014


TC 890  Independent Study

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 6
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open only to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. Approval of department; application required.
Description:
Individualized study under faculty supervision.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2003 - SUMMER 2015


TC 891  Special Topics in Telecommunication

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 3
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 9 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open only to graduate students in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences or approval of department.
Description:
Contemporary issues. Topics vary.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2001 - SUMMER 2015


TC 893  Telecommunication Internship

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 6
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Description:
Internships in information industries.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2004 - SUMMER 2015


TC 898  Master's Project

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 6
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Prerequisite:
TC 842
Restrictions:
Open to master's students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media. Approval of department; application required.
Description:
Plan B individual project demonstrating master's level professional competence.
Semester Alias:
TC 843
Effective Dates:
FALL 2012 - SUMMER 2014


TC 899  Master's Thesis Research

Semester:
Fall of every year, Spring of every year, Summer of every year
Credits:
Variable from 1 to 6
Reenrollment Information:
A student may earn a maximum of 6 credits in all enrollments for this course.
Restrictions:
Open only to graduate students in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
Description:
Master's thesis research.
Effective Dates:
FALL 2004 - SUMMER 2015


TC 900  Theory Building in Media and Information Studies

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Description:
Concepts and issues relating explanation, scientific inquiry, theory building and applications to interdisciplinary studies in media and information.
Interdepartmental With:
Advertising, Journalism
Administered By:
Advertising
Effective Dates:
FALL 2005 - SUMMER 2014


TC 912  Information Technology Transactional Perspectives

Semester:
Spring of even years
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
Graduate level microeconomics course
Restrictions:
Open to doctoral students.
Description:
Multiple perspectives on relationships between organizations and information technology. Information processing, communications and management strategy approaches. Economic perspectives.
Interdepartmental With:
Information Technology Management
Administered By:
Information Technology Management
Effective Dates:
SUMMER 2008 - SPRING 2017


TC 916  Qualitative Research Methods

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open only to doctoral students in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences or Department of Communication.
Description:
Qualitative research in mass and specialized communication systems. Topics include documentary, bibliographic, case study and participant observation methods.
Interdepartmental With:
Journalism, Advertising
Administered By:
Journalism
Effective Dates:
FALL 1992 - SUMMER 2015


TC 921  Media Theory

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open only to doctoral students in College of Communication Arts and Sciences or the Department of Communication.
Description:
Process and effects of mediated communication. Audiences, socialization, and persuasion. Macro-societal, and intercultural perspectives. Theory construction.
Interdepartmental With:
Advertising, Journalism
Administered By:
Advertising
Effective Dates:
FALL 1998 - SUMMER 2014


TC 960  Media and Technology

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Open only to doctoral students in the Communication Arts and Sciences-Media and Information Studies major or Communication major or approval of department.
Description:
Theoretical frameworks concerning media and communication processes, and their interactions with technology. Social, organizational, critical, and economic perspectives.
Interdepartmental With:
Advertising, Journalism
Administered By:
Telecommunication
Effective Dates:
FALL 1992 - SUMMER 2015


TC 975  Quantitative Research Design

Semester:
Fall of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Recommended Background:
One graduate-level research design or statistics course.
Restrictions:
Open only to doctoral students in the Media and Information Studies major.
Description:
Survey, experimental and content-analytic techniques applied to the study of media. Academic and applied research methods. Univariate and multivariate techniques.
Interdepartmental With:
Advertising, Journalism
Administered By:
Advertising
Effective Dates:
FALL 1998 - SUMMER 2014


TC 985  Advanced Quantitative Analysis for Media

Semester:
Spring of every year
Credits:
Total Credits: 3   Lecture/Recitation/Discussion Hours: 3
Prerequisite:
ADV 975
Recommended Background:
Masters-level research course in addition to ADV 975.
Description:
Multivariate research methods for media and information studies research.
Interdepartmental With:
Advertising, Journalism
Administered By:
Telecommunication
Effective Dates:
FALL 2011 - SUMMER 2015