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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

REQUEST TO ADD A COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY: SCIENCE COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS


Dean Roderick P. Hart in the College of Communication has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following addition of a Communication and Society: Science Communication Certificate program to the College of Communication section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016. On September 17, 2013, the college and the dean approved the changes. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation as being of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty).

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 29, 2014, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval on this legislation resides with UT System.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by February 21, 2014.
Dean P. Neikirk

Dean P. Neikirk, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014.



REQUEST TO ADD A COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY: SCIENCE COMMUNICATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM AND REQUEST FOR RECOGNITION ON THE UNIVERSITY TRANSCRIPTS

  1. Type of Proposal: New Certificate Program (requiring THECB notification only.

  2. Scope of Proposed Change:
    a. Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools?
    If yes, then how?
    No
    b. Will students in other degree programs be impacted (are the proposed changes to courses commonly taken by students in other colleges)?
    If yes, explain?
    No
    c. Will students from your college take courses in other colleges? No
    If the answer to 2a, 2b, or 2c is “yes”:
      How many students do you expect to be impacted?  
      Impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:
    Person communicated with:  
    Date of communication:  
    Response:  
  3. Official Certificate Name: Undergraduate Certificate:  Communication and Society: Science Communication

  4. Proposed Implementation Date: Fall 2014

  5. CIP Code (administrative unit awarding the certificate):

  6. Statement of Objective:
    The certificate in Communication and Society: Science Communication is designed to help prepare students with undergraduate studies in a sciences-related field to effectively communicate science topics to a variety of audiences by utilizing professional communication techniques and tools. Students will gain an understanding of contemporary communication issues that may impact their field, and gain advanced skills to enhance their communication with the public, whether through traditional media, new media, or in person. This program is open only to students with majors in the College of Natural Sciences.

  7. Number of Students Expected to Receive the Certificate Each Semester:  Approximately ten to twelve.

  8. Number of Hours Required for Completion(Please note if there is a minimum or maximum number of hours): Eighteen hours.

  9. List Faculty on the Certificate Program Faculty Committee
    Name of Faculty Member College/Department Title at UT Austin Highest Degree and Awarding Institution
    Stephen Reese* Chair Comm/Journalism Associate Dean Professor Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
    John Daly* Comm/CMS Professor, Texas Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Centennial Professor in Business Communication Frank A. Liddell, Sr. Centennial Professor in Communication Distinguished Teaching Professor Ph.D., Purdue University  
    Martin (Randy) Cox Comm/CMS Senior Lecturer M.A., University of Texas at Austin
    Keri Stephens* Comm/CMS Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
    Robert Jensen* Comm/Journalism Professor Ph.D., University of Minnesota
    Kris Wilson Comm/Journalism Senior Lecturer Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

  10. Academic Course Requirements Use this table to identify the courses that qualify for this certificate program.
    Course Abbreviation and Number Course Title SCH
    CMS 306M Professional Communication Skills COC
    CMS 315M Interpersonal Communication Theory COC
    CMS 320 Advanced Presentation Skills COC
    CMS 322E Communication and Ethics COC
    CMS 332 Argument and Advocacy COC
    CMS 332K Theories of Persuasion COC
    CMS 334K Nonverbal Communication COC
    CMS 337 Communicating to Build Sales Relationships COC
    CMS 338 Stories of Leadership COC
    CMS 344K Lying and Deception in Human Interaction COC
    CMS 348 Communication Research Methods COC
    CMS 364M Pre-Graduate School Mentorship COC
    CMS 353S Social Media and Organizations COC
    J 301F Fundamental Issues in Journalism COC
    J 302F Digital Storytelling Basics            COC
    J 303F Graphic Design for Online/Print COC
    J 331G Audio Storytelling COC
    J 332F News Editing for Online/Print COC
    J 333F Data-Driven Reporting COC
    J 336F Social Media Journalism COC
    J 339G Mobile News App Design COC
    J 346F Reporting on the Environment COC
    J 346G Domestic Issues & Global Perspectives COC
    COM 319S Topics in Communication (Study Abroad) COC
    COM 329S Topics in Communication (Study Abroad) COC
    COM 350 Communication Internship COC

  11. Other Certificate Requirements: All courses must be taken for a letter grade, and only courses with a grade of C or better will be counted.

  12. Give a Detailed Rationale for Change(s):  N/A

  13. COLLEGE/SCHOOL APPROVAL PROCESS:
    Approver: Steve Reese
    Title: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Communication
    Date September 17, 2013
    Approver: Roderick P. Hart
    Title: Dean, College of Communication
    Date September 17, 2013

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.


† Specific course or internship must be approved by certificate committee; prior approval is recommended.