Craft of Communication (200). The course is an innovative attempt to further develop in the student all the four primary communication skills—writing, speaking, listening, and reading. Writing and speaking skills are developed by most communication school curricula, since effective writing and speaking are obvious hallmarks of the superior communicator. But communication students get little direct guidance in developing their two other skills—listening and reading—although these are just as important because they enable the communicator to gather inputs for and feedback on their written and spoken communication. Hence, this course on the principles of the primary forms of human communication and their applications is being offered.
The course follows the seminar-workshop approach in which presentations or lectures by the faculty member are followed by hands-on exercises to enable students to apply the information and knowledge learned. After the course, the students are expected to have acquired a good grasp of the principles related to the primary communication skills, applied them successfully to specific communication situations, and internalized the methods involved for further development of these skills on their own.
Advanced Communication Theory (201). This course will attempt to cover the changing general conceptions of science as a whole and of the social science of human communication in particular, the beginnings of communication as a discipline (here and abroad) and a comparison of the eastern and western theories; the two worldviews, the five genres and the seven traditions in the field of communication theory including some of the theories illustrating these genres; basic concepts in theory construction and model building; the intertwining of theory and research and its application in the analysis of communication and information issues and problems.
Communication Research Methods (202). Formulation of a research problem, development of research design and methods; application of qualitative and quantitative research; problems of measurement; and data collection, processing, analysis and interpretation. It also shows how to prepare research report – form, content, and style of presenting research to a particular audience. Lessons on online research, use of computer in conducting and processing research data are also included. Prerequisites: 201 and 203.
Statistics Applied to Communication (203). Basic statistical concepts and techniques applied to communication problems. This course includes techniques of data collection, processing, presentations, analysis through descriptive and inferential statistics and interpretation. The use of computer for statistical analysis and computation is also introduced.
Communication Issues (204). Everything is communication. Hence, any phenomenon may be evaluated through the lens of a communication specialist. This course introduces students to milestones and trends in communication. Using tools of critical analysis, students will research on either a milestone or a current trend and present its evolution and its impact on Asia and on the Philippine Society.
Knowledge Management (205). Development organizations are recognizing the need to leverage their most valuable asset—knowledge—to sustain and continually recreate themselves. Like corporations and businesses, development organizations need to explicitly and systematically manage the knowledge they have cumulated over the years to improve organizational performance and to stay competitive. The explicit and systematic management of vital knowledge and its associated processes of knowledge generation, representation, storage, access, and transfer is knowledge management (KM).
Information and Communication Technology Planning (206). The learner is introduced to a new environment driven by information communication technologies (ICT). It begins with an inventory of new and emerging technologies in mass media, telecommunications and information technology. It examines the impact of these technologies in today’s workstyles and lifestyles. The lessons do not aim to provide technical skills but takes a closer look at issues and processes affecting the planning and use of information and communication technologies. Other topics discussed are: communication planning, communication policies, applications of communication technology in development, communication management tools, and change management process.
Management of Communication Resources (207). Management of principles, theories, and practices applied in communication media organizations (i.e, enterprises, and office/units or programs). It equips the communication manager with adequate knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes in communication planning, environmental scanning, communication auditing, strategic planning; organizing, networking, forecasting, and scenario-setting.
Corporate Communication (208). Management of internal and external communication of a business or government organization. Areas of concern include internal communication, public relations, management information systems, conflict resolution, media relations; and impact of on-going automation and computerization on the corporate world or government bureaucracy.
Integrated Marketing Communication (209). The use of various communication tools such as advertising and public relations to promote and sell products, services and image. The course trains students in putting together an integrated program that maximizes the use of communication tools to support marketing objectives. It also teaches creative and innovative approaches to making a difference for the client organization in a highly competitive market.
Photojournalism (227). The photojournalism course engages the students on the essential skills, knowledge and attitude needed for professional photojournalism practice for various media platforms and emerging markets amidst the changing media landscape. The course covers the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography, workflows and digital asset management, visual literacy, visual framing and composition, photojournalism standard genres and categories, news captions, history and negotiating ethical minefields in the production, consumption and dissemination of images.