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CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
The University

CHAPTER 2
School of Architecture

CHAPTER 3
Red McCombs
School of Business

CHAPTER 4
College of Communication

CHAPTER 5
College of Education

CHAPTER 6
College of Engineering

CHAPTER 7
College of Fine Arts

CHAPTER 8
College of Liberal Arts

CHAPTER 9
Graduate School of
Library and
Information Science

CHAPTER 10
College of
Natural Sciences

CHAPTER 11
School of Nursing

CHAPTER 12
College of Pharmacy

CHAPTER 13
School of Social Work

CHAPTER 14
The Faculty

Texas Common Course Numbering System
(Appendix A)

APPENDIX B
Degree and Course Abbreviations

 

    

4. College of Communication

Courses

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The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2002-2003 and 2003-2004; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

A full explanation of course numbers is given in General Information. In brief, the first digit of a course number indicates the semester hour value of the course. The second and third digits indicate the rank of the course: if they are 01 through 19, the course is of lower-division rank; if 20 through 79, of upper-division rank; if 80 through 99, of graduate rank.

Department of Radio-Television-Film

Attendance is required at the first class meeting of Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 and all upper-division radio-television-film courses. At the discretion of the instructor, students who do not attend the first class meeting may be dropped from the course, even if they have registered and paid their fees, and their places given to students on the waiting list for that course.

For all lower-division radio-television-film courses and for upper-division courses that do not require consent of the instructor, the department restricts enrollment during the first registration period to radio-television-film majors. During later registration periods, courses in which space is available are opened to nonmajors. At any time, a nonmajor may ask the instructor for consent to register for his or her course. However, faculty members often do not give nonmajors consent to enroll until demand for the course can be determined on the first class day.

Consent of the instructor is part of the prerequisite given below for some courses. Students request consent the semester before they plan to take a course. Consent Week is the first week of October for the spring semester, the first week of March for the summer session, and the first week of April for the fall semester. Dates of consent week are published on-line, posted outside the department office, and announced in classes.

To request consent to enroll in an upper-division radio-television-film course, the student must

  1. Have been admitted to the major in radio-television-film.
  2. Have credit or be registered for Radio-Television-Film 305 and three other lower-division radio-television-film courses appropriate to the upper-division course.
  3. Have earned a grade of at least C in each previous radio-television-film course.
  4. Have a University grade point average of at least 2.25.
  5. Have completed at least sixty semester hours by the beginning of the semester for which consent is requested.

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee that the student will receive consent, because the number of students seeking consent may exceed the number of seats available and because the instructor may impose additional standards. Consent is usually based in part on the student's University grade point average, grade point average in radio-television-film courses, and grades in prerequisite courses. There may be additional requirements for some classes. For example, consent requirements for production courses may include a juried evaluation of a portfolio; screenwriting classes may require submission of a writing sample. These requirements are posted along with course descriptions and publicized by the department. The student should check the posted course descriptions prior to Consent Week and should see the instructor for more information. The names of students who have received consent to enroll in each course are posted outside the department office.

The Department of Radio-Television-Film reserves the right to retain and to use for noncommercial purposes copies of all work completed by students as part of departmental course assignments.

Unless otherwise stated below, each course meets for three lecture hours a week for one semester. Because prerequisites are subject to change, students should consult the Course Schedule before registering.

Radio-Television-Film: RTF

Lower-Division Courses

305. Introduction to Media Studies.
Introduction to historical, cultural, political, economic, and international characteristics of mass media in society. Required of all radio-television-film majors.

309. Communication Technology and Society.
Same as Communication 309. Study of communication technologies, their uses in interpersonal, group, mass, and international contexts, and the impact of technologies on work. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, Radio-Television-Film 305; for others, none.

312C. Introduction to International Communication.
A world perspective on information, news, and entertainment communication systems; politics, technology, economics, and culture. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 305.

314. The Development of the Motion Picture.
Survey of significant movements and schools of filmmaking through viewings and discussions of representative motion pictures; critical approaches to performance, sociological impact, and visual aesthetics. Three lecture hours and one two-hour film screening a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 305.

316. History of Radio and Television.
Survey of history, technology, regulation, audience, and economics of radio, television, and related electronic media. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with one screening of up to two hours a week as required. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 305.

316M. Communication and Ethnic Groups.
Same as Communication 316M. Critical review of contemporary and historical media images of, and discourses on, race and ethnicity. Introduction to relevant communication research, policy, and institutions. Three lecture hours and one discussion hour a week for one semester. Prerequisite: A major in the College of Communication. Additional prerequisite for radio-television-film majors, Radio-Television-Film 305.

317. Narrative Strategies.
Study of the way meaning is structured and perceived in the screen image; introduction to basic narrative techniques. Includes viewing and analysis of narrative examples. Three lecture hours and one two-hour film screening a week for one semester. Required of all students in the production area. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 305.

318. Introduction to Image and Sound.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Basic information, skills, and theories required to equip students to communicate through audiovisual media. Lectures and practical applications. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Required of all students in the production area. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 305.

Upper-Division Courses

To be eligible to enroll in the upper-division courses listed below, a student with a major in radio-television-film must have upper-division standing, credit for Radio-Television-Film 305, and all other prerequisites listed for each course. If the prerequisite includes consent of the instructor, the student must secure consent during RTF Consent Week, described above. Completion of the other parts of the prerequisite does not guarantee the instructor's consent.

330K. Introduction to Research Methods.
Introduction to applied media research and research criticism; fundamentals of audience analysis, survey design, experimental and field research, content analysis. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305 and nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film. Consent of instructor may also be required in some semesters; consult the Course Schedule for more information.

330L. Internship in Film and Electronic Media.
Position availability depends on qualifications of student and number of internships open at time of enrollment. Practical work experience related to the student's area of study in film and electronic media. Students must make their own arrangements to secure relevant internships. Internship listings are available in the college's career services office or from the radio-television-film internship coordinator. The equivalent of ten class hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: The following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305 and nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; and a University grade point average of at least 2.25.

331J. Policy Issues in New Communication Technologies.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Overview of policy and regulation of communication systems in the United States, with emphasis on contemporary technologies. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 309, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

331K. Film and Video Theory.
Survey of basic theories that seek to explain the structure and process of film and video communication. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with one two-hour film screening a week if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, either 314 or 316, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film. Consent of instructor may also be required for some topics in some semesters; consult the Course Schedule for more information.

Topic 1: Cult Movies and Gender Issues.

Topic 2: Television and Theories of Gender.

Topic 3: Visualization of Narrative. Additional prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least C in each.

331L. Corporate and Instructional Video.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Study, design, production, use, and evaluation of corporate and instructional video materials. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 305 and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each course; and Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B in each.

331M. New Communication Technologies.
Survey of history of new communication technologies. Analysis of regulation, policy, economics, and programming of new communication technologies. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 309, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

331N. The Information Society.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Introduction to information technologies and their relation to existing media; includes history, policy, economics, and social impact. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 309, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

331P. Topics in New Communication Technologies.
Applications and potential effects of new telecommunications and information technologies in the home and the workplace, and for education and social services. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional hours may be required for some topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 309, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

331Q. Topics in Convergent Media.
Examination of the impact of technology on the visual, spatial, and textual environment. Software costs borne by the student. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Radio-Television-Film 331P (Topic 2: Challenge of Interactive Multimedia) and 331Q may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, upper-division standing and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 318, and six additional semester hours chosen from Radio-Television-Film 309, 314, 316, 317; for others, upper-division standing and consent of instructor on the first class day.

331R. Topics in Convergent Media: Issues in Science.
Examination of the impact of technology on the visual, spatial, and textual environment. Particular focus on issues in science. Software costs borne by the student. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 318, and six additional semester hours chosen from Radio-Television-Film 309, 314, 316, and 317; for others, consent of instructor on the first class day.

331S. Topics in Convergent Media: Issues in Vision.
Examination of the impact of technology on the visual, spatial, and textual environment. Particular focus on issues in vision. Software costs borne by the student. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 318, and six additional semester hours chosen from Radio-Television-Film 309, 314, 316, and 317; for others, consent of instructor on the first class day.

331T. Topics in Convergent Media: Issues in Sound.
Examination of the impact of technology on the visual, spatial, and textual environment. Particular focus on issues in sound. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional hours may be required for some topics. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Radio-Television-Film 331P (Topic 1: Challenge of Interactive Media) and 331T may not both be counted. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 318, and six additional semester hours chosen from Radio-Television-Film 309, 314, 316, and 317; for others, consent of instructor on the first class day.

333. Broadcast and Film Writing I.
Development of skills and practice in the art of writing for media; emphasis on particular aspects of each medium: audience, objectives, economic structures. Many short scripts will be written and evaluated. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, either 314 or 316, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

334. Broadcast Programming and Audience Effects.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Study of broadcast programming and its cognitive and behavioral impact on audiences. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305 and nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film. Consent of instructor may be required for some topics in some semesters; consult the Course Schedule for more information.

335. Television Analysis and Criticism.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Analysis of critical methods, selected television programs, and selected critics. Practice in written criticism required of all students. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, either 314 or 316, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film. Consent of instructor may be required for some topics in some semesters; consult the Course Schedule for more information.

336. Special Projects in Radio-Television-Film.
Comprehensive research or creative projects in areas of special interest developed and executed by the student under faculty supervision. Individual instruction. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305 and nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; and consent of instructor and the chair of the department.

337. Radio Fundamentals.
Theory and practice of directing, producing, and performing for radio. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 305 and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each course; and Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B in each.

337P. Multitrack Audio Production.
Principles and practice of multitrack audio production. Software costs borne by the student. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 305 and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each course; and Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B in each.

338. Introduction to Film.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Introduction to film production. Software costs borne by the student. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 340, 366, or 366K; and consent of instructor.

340. Studio Production.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Introduction to production of television programs, including the multicamera format. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with additional studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. May not be taken concurrently with Radio-Television-Film 366 or 366K. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 305 and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each course; and Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B in each.

Topic 1: Drama/Music Production.

Topic 2: Public Affairs Production.

341. Audio Production.
Theory and practice of stereo and multitrack audio recording for applications in radio, television, and film. Software costs borne by the student. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; Radio-Television-Film 305 and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each; and Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B in each.

341C. Advanced Audio for Broadcasting and Film.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Specialized problems in broadcast audio and in recording for film, television, and multimedia. Software costs borne by the student. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 337 or 341.

342. International Communication.
Study of political, social, cultural, and economic factors affecting the use and impact of new and old communication technologies. Topics in addition to those below may be listed in the Course Schedule. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For radio-television-film majors, upper-division standing; consent of instructor; and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305 and nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; for others, upper-division standing and consent of instructor.

Topic 1: National Media Systems.

Topic 2: Comparative Media Systems.

Topic 3: Third World Issues. Same as Latin American Studies 322 (Topic 7: International Communication: Third World Issues) and Mexican American Studies 374 (Topic 17: International Communication: Third World Issues). Asian Studies 361 (Topic 4: International Communication: Third World Issues) and Radio-Television-Film 342 (Topic 3) may not both be counted.

Topic 4: Participatory Media.

Topic 5: Intercultural Communication.

Topic 6: Development Communication. Same as Asian Studies 361 (Topic 17: Development Communication) and Middle Eastern Studies 322K (Topic 14: Development Communication).

Topic 7: Global Media Systems.

342T. International Telecommunications.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Overview of issues and history of international telecommunication systems, focusing on the roles of business and government. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 309, and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

343. Advanced Video Production.
Restricted to radio-television-film majors. Specialized problems in film and video production for producer, director, and performer; professional-level production. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 340, 366, or 366K.

344. Special Applications of Media Production.
Special problems involved in audio, film, and video production. Three lecture hours a week for one semester, with studio hours to be arranged if required by the topic. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 305 and six additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film with a grade of at least C in each course; and Radio-Television-Film 317 and 318 with a grade of at least B in each. Additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

 


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Undergraduate Catalog
Contents
Chapter 1 - The University
Chapter 2 - School of Architecture
Chapter 3 - Red McCombs School of Business
Chapter 4 - College of Communication
Chapter 5 - College of Education
Chapter 6 - College of Engineering
Chapter 7 - College of Fine Arts
Chapter 8 - College of Liberal Arts
Chapter 9 - Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Chapter 10 - College of Natural Sciences
Chapter 11 - School of Nursing
Chapter 12 - College of Pharmacy
Chapter 13 - School of Social Work
Chapter 14 - The Faculty
Texas Common Course Numbering System (Appendix A)
Appendix B

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