Department of Communication

Introduction to Communication Courses Offered Online

 

The Department of Communication is in the process of putting courses online. Web-based instruction offers flexibility to working students, provides access to geographically distant students, and offers educational opportunities to individuals who are homebound for any number of reasons. Over the next several years, the Department hopes to expand this effort, eventually offering an entire B.A. in Communication online. Currently, the Department is testing various undergraduate courses to determine whether the content is amenable to a web-based environment. We expect to introduce new web-based offerings on a regular basis. You can check here to see what courses are currently available online. In addition, you may wish to review the Department of Communication's Online Handbook for more information about online instruction, including some of the differences between the virtual and the traditional classroom.

Registering for Online Courses

Online courses are available only to registered students. If you are interested in taking an online course but are not a registered student of UMSL, you must first apply for regular admission. Learn more about becoming a student at UMSL by following this link.

Parking and Instructional Support Fees (4/30/2004)

The per credit hour parking fees (currently $18) associated with traditional courses at UMSL has been eliminated for all web-based communication courses. However, to accommodate student demand with increasingly limited resources, an instructional support fee has been implemented. A per credit hour fee of $25.90 will be added to your normal fees for any web-based communication course for which you have registered, beginning in Fall, 2005.

Accessing Online Courses

If you would like information on how to access the web-based courses using My Gateway, you may visit any of the computer labs on North and South campuses. Alternatively, there is a comprehensive tutorial available online. In addition, we have compiled a document that outlines many of the principles and practices of web-based instruction used by our faculty. In addition, the Department of Communication's Online Handbook includes a treatment of the most commonly used resources that faculty use in web-based communication courses.

Examples of Past Courses Offered

COMM 3395: Communication in Conflict
(Leighanne M. Heisel, Instructor)

This special topics course focuses on communicative characteristics, strategies, and responses as they relate to effectiveness during conflict.

COMM 1030: Interpersonal Communication I
(Su Ahn Jang & Jina Yoo, Co-Instructors)
Research and theory associated with Interpersonal Communication. Required of all majors.

Credit hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: N/A


COMM 1135: Communication Theory
(Yan Tian, Instructor)
Survey of elements and processes critical to human communication behavior. Comparison of influential communication theories. Required of all majors.

Credit hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: N/A


COMM 2231: Communication in the Organization
(Leighanne M. Heisel, Instructor)
Course integrates communication theories applicable to the structure and function of organizations. The effect of communication variables on departmental interface, member satisfaction and motivation, leadership and subordinate styles, and perception of the organization by the external environment. Required of all majors.

Credit hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor


COMM 2232: Effective Communication in the Organization: Tools for Leadership
(Leighanne M. Heisel, Instructor)
This hybrid web/video based course is designed to equip students with communication skills applicable to the organizational context. The course will present effective strategies for the articulation of ideas, with particular emphasis on the development of leadership skills.

Credit hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor


COMM 3332: Intercultural Communication
(Leighanne M. Heisel, Instructor)
Study of culture as a variable in both interpersonal and collective communicative situations. Emphasis upon opportunities and problems arising from similarities or differences in communication patterns, processes, and codes among various cultural groups. Required of all majors.

Credit hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor


COMM 3336: Communication in Advertising
(Alan W. Akerson, Instructor)
Overview of components in persuasive messages and how advertising messages and campaigns use various media to reach target audiences.

Credit hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: COMM 1050 and junior standing, or consent of instructor.


COMM 3337: Male / Female Communication
(Alan D. Heisel, Instructor)
This course explores the influence of gender upon contemporary American communication behavior. Topics include semantic and syntactic variations in male and female speech, gender-role development as process and product of communication, analysis of communication patterns and barriers within gender groups. Mass, public, interpersonal, and organizational communication contexts are considered.

Credit hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: Junior standing, or consent of instructor.


COMM 6431: Seminar in Organizational Communication
(Alan D. Heisel, Instructor)
Explores communication theories and topics related to organizational, institutional, and social system contexts, and reviews the communication literature on behavior in organizations. Required of all graduate communication students.

Credit hours: 3.0
Prerequisite: Graduate Standing