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EMC 101 Mass Media Communications: An Introduction (3 credits)

This course presents an overview of mass media as public communication and traces the histories and technological developments of print, film, radio and television broadcasting, cable and satellite communications, the Internet, and interactive media. Topics covered include laws and regulations, news and commerce, media management and business practices, journalistic ethics, international electronic media, content delivery, and ratings and audience feedback, with special emphasis on the role of mass media in society.

EMC 144 Audio/Video Production: An Introduction (4 credits)

This course is designed to give the student a basic overview of audio and video production. Theory and terminology are introduced through lecture and hands-on application. The student will be introduced to the skills necessary to operate audio and video equipment in studio settings and begin to develop visual and aural literacy. This course is a requirement for all other Electronic Media Communications production courses. Five lecture/production hours per week. Prerequisite: EMC majors or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

EMC 155 Digital Audio Production (3 credits)

This course is intended to give the student a practical as well as a theoretical approach to digital audio production. Emphasis is placed on the use of digital audio in sound recording, audio editing, multi-track mixing, and audio processing. The student will be exposed to audio production/editing procedures and techniques. Prerequisites: EMC 144; EMC majors only. Spring semesters only.

EMC 159 Television Studio Production (4 credits)

This course stresses the importance of effective aural and visual communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills necessary for success in the process of television studio production. Television studio production techniques and disciplines are explained, demonstrated, and applied. This course builds on basic production techniques and skills developed in EMC 144 Introduction to Audio/Video Production by engaging the student in more demanding assignments and more sophisticated production work. Particular emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking and analytical skills, as they apply to production. Five lecture/production hours per week. Prerequisites: EMC 144; EMC majors only. Spring semesters only.

EMC 160 Radio Station: An Introduction (3 credits)

This radio course is designed to introduce the student to the terminology, technology, concepts, and structure of radio broadcast stations. Topics covered will include FCC rules and regulations, station organization, sales, ratings, promotions, control room operations, departmental interrelationships, technological applications and industry trends. Prerequisites: EMC 144; EMC majors only. Spring semesters only.

EMC 169 Video Field Production (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the technical and creative requirements of single-camera, video field production. Topics include camera operation, lighting, audio recording for field production and linear (tape to tape) editing, as well as all aspects of pre-production, including story development, scripting, shot list and storyboard creation, site surveys and production planning for location field production. Prerequisites: EMC 144; EMC majors or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

EMC 190 Internship I (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide work experience directly related to the student's field of study. The student, working with the faculty co-op coordinator, will develop a learning contract containing specific educational objectives as they relate to that work experience and the student's field of study. Course requirements include a minimum of 120 hours of work in the student's field of study; maintenance of a daily log which includes hours worked and duties performed; participation in resume, cover letter, and interviewing workshops; regular meetings with the faculty coordinator; and a final work-related project determined by the faculty member. Prerequisites: EMC 144 and POI; sophomore-level EMC majors only. Students must have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher and obtain the recommendation of an EMC faculty member.

EMC 249 Electronic News Gathering: an Introduction (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and practices of professional news gathering for electronic media. The role of news in radio and television is explained, with emphasis on identifying and contrasting basic forms of news delivery: 24-hour news, local/network newscasts, breaking news, live updates, etc. Through classroom exercises, students will learn and practice the techniques of determining a story's newsworthiness, researching, copywriting, interviewing, producing, writing to the image and editing a virtual news story. Additional importance will be placed upon ethics and professionalism in electronic news. Prerequisites: EMC 169; EMC majors only. Fall semesters only.

EMC 251 Sportscasting I (3 credits)

This course is designed to present an in-depth study of the world of Sports Communications, concentrating specifically on Fall and Winter Sports (intercollegiate and scholastic levels). Special emphasis will be placed on football, soccer, ice hockey, and volleyball. Radio/TV students will become familiar with the techniques used to research, produce, facilitate, report and analyze sporting events. Special training and actual "hands on" experience in reporting/ producing College and area college/high school sporting events is scheduled. Guest lecturers from the Sports Communications field are also scheduled. Prerequisites: EMC 144 and EMC 159; EMC majors or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

EMC 252 Sportscasting II (3 credits)

This course is designed to present an in-depth study of the world of Sports Communications, concentrating specifically on Spring and Summer (intercollegiate and scholastic levels). Special emphasis will be placed on basketball, baseball, softball, and lacrosse. EMC students will become familiar with the techniques used to research, produce, facilitate, report and analyze sporting events. Special training and actual "hands-on" experience in reporting/ producing College and area college/high school sporting events is scheduled. Guest lectures from the Sports Communication field are also scheduled. Prerequisites: EMC 144, EMC 159; EMC majors only or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

EMC 259 Digital Video Editing (4 credits)

This course is designed to enable the student to become proficient in the technical and creative aspects of non-linear digital video editing and its role in the production process. Editing concepts such as story building and pacing, techniques such as continuity and parallel editing and examples of single-camera, post-produced programs are discussed and analyzed. Planning for post-production and media management are emphasized. Three lecture/two production lab hours per week. Prerequisites: EMC 169; EMC majors or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

EMC 260 Radio Station Operations (3 credits)

This course provides the basic principles of contemporary radio station programming, focusing on formatting concepts and strategies, marketing, promotion, production, news operations, and the practical applications. Emphasis will be placed on the student's application of programming strategies through the use of the College's Internet Radio. Prerequisites: EMC 160; EMC majors. Fall semesters only.

EMC 265 Sound Design and Production for Digital Media (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the technical and creative aspects of loop-based audio production and how it is used in many types of digital media productions. Students will analyze and create audio to be used in media projects ranging from radio programming and television/video programming to DVD's and Web sites. Prerequisites: EMC 155; EMC majors or Permission of Instructor. Fall semesters only.

EMC 269 Television News Production (4 credits)

This course focuses on the skills necessary to create content and produce a weekly television newscast. Methods of news delivery are analyzed, and students will put into practice the theories learned in EMC 249. Students will conduct effective research, practice effective interviewing techniques, and produce, report, and write copy for television news. Students will work in teams to produce a live weekly newscast. Emphasis will also be placed on ethics and professionalism, as well as legal considerations, as they pertain to producing and developing electronic news. Five lecture/production hours. Prerequisites: EMC 249 or Permission of Instructor; EMC majors only. Spring semesters only.

EMC 275 Producing for Radio (4 credits)

This course is a culmination of audio theory and practical skills learned by students in previous radio courses. Students will produce original programming in the areas of news and public affairs, documentaries, sports, college/community interest, and arts and entertainment. Emphasis will be placed on the student's ability to provide informational, educational, and entertainment programming for the college Internet radio station. Three lecture/two production lab hours per week. Prerequisites: EMC 260, ENG/JRN 157. Spring semesters only.

EMC 276 Media Streaming (3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of streaming media via the Internet and telecommunications networks. Students will be required to properly encode and compress audio and video to be used in the streaming process. Various types of video and audio file formats are covered, as well as compression standards. The deployment of media servers, live Web casting, and multiple media player formats will be discussed. A final project will include the encoding and streaming of audio and video media for a Web site. Prerequisites: EMC 155, EMC 259; EMC majors or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

EMC 286 DVD Authoring (4 credits)

This course provides a hands-on approach to the conceptualization, design, production, and assessment of video projects completed on DVD. The course will focus on strategic planning (including scripting and flow charts), creation of video and audio content, proper encoding of media, file management, creation of interactive menus, proper linking of all media assets within the DVD, and outputting projects to a DVD disc. Topics of discussion will include the history, characteristics, various types, and user interactivity of the DVD format, as well as various types of digital media files and managing those files on a network. Three lecture/two production lab hours per week. Prerequisites: EMC 259; EMC majors only or Permission of Instructor. Spring semesters only.

EMC 289 Television Producing and Directing (4 credits)

This course is designed to build upon and improve the student's studio production skills, to further an understanding of the multi-camera production process, and to become proficient in directing a multi-camera, multi-source studio production. Emphasis is placed on the correct use of television directing terminology. The aesthetic principles of producing, set and lighting design, sound, visualization, and continuity are identified and applied. Five lecture/production hours per week. Prerequisites: EMC 159; EMC majors only. Spring semesters only.

EMC 290 Internship II (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide work experience directly related to the student's field of study. The student, working with the faculty co-op coordinator, will develop a learning contract containing specific educational objectives as they relate to that work experience and the student's field of study. Course requirements include a minimum of 120 hours of work in the student's field of study; maintenance of a daily log which includes hours worked and duties performed; participation in resume, cover letter and interviewing workshops; regular meetings with a faculty coordinator; and a final work-related project determined by the faculty member. Prerequisites: EMC 190 and POI; EMC majors only. Students must have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher and obtain the recommendation of an EMC faculty member.