Courses

Advanced Communication Research, CM 723 (graduate level)
Boston University
Course provides an in-depth look at data analysis using SPSS. Students get hands-on experience by carrying out actual analyses using real data sets. Techniques covered include descriptive statistics, correlations and regressions, t-tests, ANOVAs, and factor analyses.

Communication Research, CM 722 (graduate level)
Boston University
Course introduces the methodology of communication research including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Discusses the nature of scientific logic, computer literature searches, research design, questionnaire construction, sampling, measurement techniques, and data analysis. Explores the use of focus groups, experiments, surveys, and content analyses.

Communication Theory, CM 710 (graduate level)
Boston University
Course examines origins, nature, and consequences of human communication. Traces the development of speech, writing, printing, broadcasting, and digital media. Reviews theories of the process and effects of mass communication and how these theories apply to the work of media professionals.

Mass Communication Research, CM 321 (undergraduate level)
Boston University
Course introduces the philosophy and process of social scientific research and the most common methods used to study mass communication. A number of data analysis procedures are performed to analyze mass communication issues.

Measuring Media Effects: Experimental Design & Measurement, EM 861 (graduate level, created course in the Emerging Media Studies curriculum)
Boston University
Course provides training in the logic, design, and implementation of experimental research methods. A practicum component is included in which students employ novel laboratory research tools in the Communication Research Center to complete original empirical research on the use and effects of emerging media technologies. Course also provides a review of psychological and psychophysiological literature relevant to these tools. Students gain a sound understanding of the underlying rationale and purpose of experimental research and hands-on experience using cutting-edge research technologies for data collection and analysis related to media processing and effects.

Media Effects, CM 557 (undergraduate/graduate level, created course in the Mass Communication, Advertising & Public Relations curriculum)
Boston University
Course introduces the study of the effects of media on individuals and society. This course will overview a broad range of media theories that examine media as a social force, explore factors that affect individuals selection of and perceptions of media messages, and explain how media affect viewers attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. These theories are used to examine different types of content including media violence, portrayals of race and gender, politics, advertising, and entertainment.

The Psychology of Emerging Media, EM 593 changed to EM 793 (graduate level, created course in the Emerging Media Studies curriculum)
Boston University
Course examines the psychological aspects of new media. Theories and empirical research from communication, psychology, consumer behavior, and human-computer studies will be used to explore psychological responses to new media technologies, uses and effects of technological features, the nature and dynamic of interpersonal and group interaction when mediated by new media technologies, issues of source, self, and privacy altered by new media, and broad social-psychological consequences of Internet use.

Sampling Design and Measurement Techniques, CM 724 (graduate level)
Boston University
Course discusses various issues related to sampling such as design, sample size, methods of selection, sampling error, and sampling sources for applied research projects. Discusses various types of questionnaires and measurement procedures commonly used in communication research including those used for assessing attitudes, beliefs, media use, and consumer behavior.

Theory and Process of Communication, CM 380 (undergraduate level)
Boston University
Course focuses on the processes and consequences of both interpersonal and mass communication and how they differ. Discussions include the nature of verbal and nonverbal communication and the role of language in cognitive processing. Examines theories of the process and effects of mass communication and how these relate to the goals and activities of professional communicators.

Understanding Media, CM 180 (undergraduate level)
Boston University
Course traces the development, surveys the literature, and explores the impact of media–whether traditional, interactive, social or mobile–examining conceptual, theoretical, and practical aspects of today’s global media environment. Reviews the factors that have shaped the nature of contemporary media, including their content, uses, functions, and audiences. Provides students with a broad understanding of the social and psychological impact of mediated communication and empowers students to think originally and critically about how media technologies evolve, function, advance, and shape society, industry, and professional practices.

The Psychology of Entertainment Media (graduate level, created course in the Journalism and Communication curriculum)
Xiamen University
Course introduces the study of the effects of entertainment on individuals and on society. This course overviews a broad range of entertainment theories that explain the factors that affect individuals selection of entertainment messages and how these messages affect viewers attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. These theories are used to investigate different types of entertainment content including films, television programs, pornography, video games, and music.

Introduction to Communication Theory, COM 351 (undergraduate level)
University of Kentucky
Course considers various theoretical perspectives (systems, cognitive, behavioral, affective, symbolic interactionist, dramatic, cultural and social reality, interpretive, and critical theories), leading to a more thorough understanding of communication processes.

Social Processes and Effects of Mass Communication, COM 449 (undergraduate level)
University of Kentucky
Course examines major theories relevant to mass communication processes, content, and effects through a social science perspective. Specific topics include factors that influence mass media content, uses of media channels, and social, psychological, and behavioral effects of mass communication on individuals, groups, and society.

Mass Communication Research, COMM 304 (undergraduate level)
Penn State University
Course explores quantitative and qualitative research methods and their application to the field of mass communication. Involves the design and implementation of studies with student groups.

Mass Communication Research, COMM 404 (undergraduate level)
Penn State University
Course focuses on quantitative social science research methods such as surveys, content analyses, experiments, and field studies, as well as statistical application. Involves the design and implementation of studies with student groups.

The Mass Media and the Public, COMM 413 (undergraduate level)
Penn State University
Course focuses on the nature of mass communications, relationships between mass media and the public, medias impact on individuals and society, and social pressures on the media industry.

The Mass Media and Society, COMM 100 (undergraduate level)
Penn State University
Course examines mass communications in the United States: organization, role, content, and effects of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, books, and films.