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UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG
1998 - 2000


CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
The University

CHAPTER 2
School of Architecture

CHAPTER 3
College of Business Administration

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
College of Natural Sciences

CHAPTER 10
School of Nursing

CHAPTER 11
College of Pharmacy

CHAPTER 12
School of Social Work

CHAPTER 13
The Faculty

Texas Common Course Numbering System
(Appendix A)

APPENDIX B
Degree and Course Abbreviations

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Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 1998-1999 and 1999-2000; however, all courses are not 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 that have been made to the courses listed here since this catalog was printed.

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. Students who do not attend the first class meeting may be dropped from the course at the discretion of the instructor and their places given to students on the waiting list for that course.

Consent of the instructor is part of the prerequisite given below for most upper-division radio-television-film 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 are posted outside the department office, announced in classes, and published at http://www.utexas.edu/coc/rtf/undergrad/consent/.

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

  1. Credit or registration for Radio-Television-Film 305 and three other lower-division radio-television-film courses appropriate to the upper-division course.
  2. A grade of at least C in each previous radio-television- film course.
  3. A University grade point average of at least 2.25.
  4. Completion of 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 in the description below, each class 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.
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 any of the upper-division courses listed below, a student with a major in radio-television-film must have consent of the instructor, upper-division standing, credit for Radio-Television-Film 305, and all other prerequisites listed for each course. Consent of the instructor must be secured 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; 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.

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. The equivalent of ten class hours a week for one semester. Offered on the pass/fail basis only. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, nine additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film, and six additional semester hours of upper-division coursework in radio-television-film; a University grade point average of at least 2.25; and consent of instructor.

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: The following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, either 314 or 316, and six additional hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; and consent of instructor.

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.
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: The following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 317, 318, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

331M. Cable Television and New Video Technologies.
Survey of history; analysis of regulation, policy, economics, and programming of cable television and/or other new video technologies. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. 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.

331N. New Information Technology and Society.
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; 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.

331P. Applications of New Communications 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: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

Topic 1: Challenge of Interactive Media. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 305, 309, and 318; and 314, 316, or 317.

331Q. Basics of Multimedia Interaction Design.
Introductory work in the theory, principles, and practice of interactive technologies and multimedia production. 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: Radio-Television-Film 305, 309, and 318; and 314, 316, or 317.

331R. Advanced Human-Computer Interface Design.
Advanced work in the theory, principles, and practice of interactive technologies and multimedia production. 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: Radio-Television-Film 331Q.

331S. Advanced Human-Computer Interaction Design.
Using interaction as a communications medium in the design of physical devices and multiparticipant network interfaces. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 331Q.

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. May not be counted by students in the intensive production area. Prerequisite: Upper-division standing; 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; and consent of instructor.

333P. Broadcast and Film Writing I: Production.
Restricted to students in the intensive production area. Practice and skill development in the art of writing for media, with emphasis on particular aspects of each medium: audience, objectives, economic structures. Writing and evaluation of many short scripts. Prerequisite: Radio-Television-Film 305, 317, 318, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; admission to the intensive production sequence; and concurrent enrollment in Radio-Television-Film 366.

334. Broadcast Programming and Audience Effects.
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; 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.

335. Television Analysis and Criticism.
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; 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; and consent of instructor.

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 for credit when the topics vary. 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 chairman of the department.

337. Radio Production.
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; the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 317, 318, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; and consent of instructor.

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; the following coursework, with a grade of at least C in each course: Radio-Television-Film 305, 317, 318, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; Radio-Television-Film 337; and consent of instructor.

338. Production II.
Restricted to students in the intensive production area. Introduction to multicamera 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 333P and 366; admission to the intensive production sequence; and concurrent enrollment in Radio-Television-Film 367K.

340. Studio Production.
Advanced practice in production of television programs. 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: Radio-Television-Film 305, 317, 318, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film.

Topic 1: Drama/Music Production.

Topic 2: Public Affairs Production.

Topic 3: Electronic Editing. Radio-Television-Film 340 (Topic 3: Electronic Editing) and 346 may not both be counted.

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: Radio-Television-Film 337.

341C. Advanced Audio for Broadcasting and Film.
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 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).

343. Advanced Video Production.
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 305, 317, 318, and three additional semester hours of lower-division coursework in radio-television-film; and Radio-Television-Film 340 or 366K.



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